7 Ways to Take the Back with Matt Baker

5. With his knee behind his opponent’s head and the arm more than half way over, Matt switches the grip of his right hand from thumb down to thumb up on Dale’s left side lapel.


6. With the new grip in place Matt secures the hold by getting his right bicep behind Dale’s head to keep everything tight.


7. Matt brings his left knee up against his opponent’s left side while reaching over for the left knee.



8. Ideally, Matt wants to underhook the left knee, but a firm grasp of the pant leg at the knee will also do. With a hold of the knee, Matt leans back to his right, pulls on the right grip while pinching his knees and pushes forward with his hips for the bow and arrow finish.



Key Points

• With any new technique it’s a good idea to drill with a partner. For this one the most difficult part is going to be maintaining a hold of the collar while being able to switch your grip from thumb down to thumb up. So get with a partner and practice this technique and see what adjustments you can make to make it easier on yourself.

• After Step 6 Matt has two choices. If he’s down on points and it’s near the end of a match he can go for the back. He would do this by bringing his left leg over Dale, sitting back, pulling Dale with him, and bringing the other leg over, getting the hooks in place for the points. He still has a solid grip of the collar and can go for a different finish from there. Otherwise he can proceed to step 7 and go for the finish.



Mike Velez is the Editor and Publisher of Jiu-Jitsu Magazine. He has been training since 2009 and is a brown belt under Rafael Oliveira of Gracie Barra in Chino, CA. You can contact Mike at mikev@jiujitsumag.com.

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