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The Merge: BRETT PHARR'S RUSSIAN TIE SINGLE LEG + SHOVEL STEP TAKEDOWN

bjj | 09/11/2021

Transitioning to a single leg takedown from the Russian tie requires an effective set up. Michael breaks down Brett Pharr's Russian tie single leg entry from the 2020 RTC cup and also shares a slightly different variation. Lastly, Michael demonstrates a technique he calls the "shovel step" which off-balances your opponent, forcing their hands towards the mat and exposing their back.

 

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About Michael Trasso:

Michael’s journey on the mats began in 1995, training Jiu Jitsu at just five years old. Throughout the next decade, he picked up wrestling and would become one of the world’s most accomplished adolescent Jiu Jitsu competitors. In 2008, Michael was recruited to wrestle for Rhode Island College. In 2011, Michael was nationally ranked #9 and in 2012, attained his 100th collegiate victory. In 2016, Michael began training in San Diego where he received some of his most notable awards in adult Jiu Jitsu competition to include earning his spot on FloGrappling’s “Top 20 No Gi Adult Black Belt Middleweights in the World” ranking in 2018 and 2019.