In competition, Iâ€™ll occasionally go against guys that donâ€™t want to play off their back, but donâ€™t really have a takedown game either. This is common for BJJ players (usually strong) that donâ€™t practice stand up at their academy. Combine that with nerves, and the result is them essentially keeping me away with stiff arms, bad posture, and constantly thinking about countering whatever I attempt. Itâ€™s hard (or rather itâ€™s risky) to take a guy like that down with a big throw, so Iâ€™ll often end up walking around (relaxed) for a minute or two until they begin to tire or relax or decide to attempt takedowns of their own (thereby leaving openings for my attacks).
However, what tends to work well against players like this are footsweeps as Jimmy Pedro demonstrates in the follow video:
Itâ€™s a bit annoying, but a footsweep in BJJ is my most common â€œthrowâ€ because (at least at the blue belt level) people are way too defensive. Sometimes Iâ€™ll force a big throw (seoi nage or uchi mata) on a stiff defensive player, but thatâ€™s taking a risk. Of course, Iâ€™m always up for a little wrestling. Iâ€™ll attempt a double, single, firemanâ€™s, etc and if I fail, Iâ€™m right in position for a strong guard.