The Takedown: Know Your Weakness
Interview with Ricardo Pires
Ricardo is a 4th degree black belt under Sergio Penha (Osvaldo Alves). He founded the Las Vegas Combat Club and coached Frank Mir to his first UFC heavyweight title. This piece is on the takedown, which can be such a sticky wicket for ground fighters if they don't have a wrestling or judo background.
by Deborah Markel
Q: How do you stop an elephant from charging?
A: Take away its credit card.
Substitute for the elephant a guy who is wider than he is tall, with cauliflowers for ears and the name of a high school wrestling team on his rash guardÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âthen what happens?
Then you might have a problem. OrÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âas Ricardo Pires prefers to see itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âan opportunity.
Pires acknowledges that takedowns are challenging.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThey are not my biggest strength,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â he says, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œalthough I believe in some of my takedowns. But it all comes back to knowing your weakness and blocking it.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
How do you block your weakness if your weakness is the takedown?
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œLook,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â says Ricardo Pires, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œEvery time I see myself on the mat trying to get something at all costs, it doesn't work. When you start losing control of yourself, you lose control of the situation. You lose control of the situation and you're done. You have to be flexible. You know, like. Let me go around a little bit.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â... READ NOW >