This episode is a 2 for 1 deal! The first breakdown covers John Poznanski's cross ankle pick from the 2019 Super 32 Tournament. The cross pick (in this specific situation) can take your opponent by surprise as they are the aggressor initiating the takedown. In Jiu Jitsu, once the cross pick is executed you will often times find yourself in a quarter guard position where your whizzer now becomes their underhook. In the second breakdown, Michael covers a back step pass used by Roberto Jimenez at the Third Coast Grappling Kumite 5. The back step pass is an effective way to create an opening, win the pummel battle, and pass the quarter guard position.
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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.