Working The Double-Leg Take Down

It’s upon us, competitions. You can always tell when it’s that time. There is a certain air about the mat, everyone seems a little sweatier, the warm-ups feel a little more intense, there’s a bit more groaning, and ofcourse, take-downs is amongst us. It’s time to embrace the suck folks.

There is something beautiful, yet awful, about take-downs. When applied correctly, the execution can be the most beautiful thing you see as a spectator, awful feeling you experience as the one being taken down and the euphoria you feel as the one executing is overwhelming. It is however, and exhausting process.

The art of applying a good double or single is still lost on me today, and that is why I work on it consistently. If nothing else, even if I fail to execute it, I can be mentally prepared to respond and recognize when it’s being executed against me. Remember that the success of a take-down can come in two forms, for he who executes it and for he who is able to effectively defend against it.
The Basics of the Double Leg Take Down
First let’s start with the basics of the take-down as Coach Tom Explained it. Below is a brief demonstrating the technique so that you can visualize the process as well. Assuming a normal stand where you each have the same front foot forward – so your opponent has his / her right foot forward and you have your right foot forward (obviously various variations from there exist).

A Quick Summary of the Technique
1. Focus on the entry
. The entry is by far, perhaps, the most important aspect of the technique. With a good stance, you are driving forward on the front leg, driving […]

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Interview with Red Belt Carley Gracie at

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Carley Gracie comes to Carlson Gracie Temecula

By |January 11th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Competition Weekend: Las Vegas Summer Open and Grappling X

This past weekend the Carlson Gracie Team fielded competitors in a couple of different events. On Saturday Team members Paul Silva (Black Belt Instructor, San Diego), Tom Cronin, (Brown Belt Instructor, Temecula) & David Son (Purple Belt, Temecula) competed in the IBJJF Las Vegas Open with Paul bringing home a Gold and a Silver Medal and Tom earning a Gold medal. On Sunday Temecula students Kyler Phillips (Purple Belt) and Diego Vasquez (White Belt) ventured down to San Diego to jump in the Grappling X Nogi event. Kyler Submitted his opponent in the advanced division via toehold & Diego submitted his in the intermediate with a rear naked choke. Great Job team!

By |August 15th, 2013|Events, News|0 Comments

Master Carlson Gracie Junior Returns to Temecula

This Saturday, students were excited to get on the mat with our Master, Carlson Gracie Jr. for a family day of pictures, techniques and promotions. As is customary with such visits, Carlson showed techniques that were very simple to integrate yet effective when used on an opponent. The end of the training session many students received stripes and a few new Belts change colors.
The following students were promoted to the next level.

Mathew Ruiz – Yellow Belt

Angel Ruiz Castillo – Blue Belt

Justin Hardin – Blue Belt

Davis Son – Purple Belt

Sean Ruiz – Black Belt.

Congratulations to all the families that made it out and to the students that continue down their path of progressing in the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with us. Thank you very much! Carlson Gracie Team.


By |July 25th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Instructor Tino Martinez Featured on

We’d like to send a big shout out to everybody’s favorite resident punisher; Black Belt instructor Tino Martinez. He was interviewed, and is being featured by, showing his experience using Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in law enforcement during his career working for the US Border Patrol. Thank you to Monta Wiley for writing this article.

Tino teaches classes every Monday night at 6:15, and is almost always available to tear you apart piece by piece when requested…and when not requested!

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By |June 18th, 2013|Interviews, News|0 Comments

Attention Carlson Gracie Families!

We’ve been very lucky to be in the Temecula / Murrieta Valley for several years now and share the benefits of Jiu-Jitsu with so many people. A lot of new friends have been made and lives have improved. We have a very large training facility compared to many academies and the years of constant training have taken their toll on the place. There are holes in the walls, some cuts in the mats and some electrical work that has to happen. It is the goal of this school to bring out the best in the students, with that in mind we have created a donation page on our website:

We want to continue bringing the best instructors, training, tournaments & seminars to the school and this your chance to help! By making a donation of any amount, you will be contributing directly to not only repairs but also improving your school. Some of the exciting upgrades taking place this year are the installation of a permanent timer, wall mats, mirrors and a new water system. With enough help we can enjoy these improvements faster.

Thank you for including us in your journey!

Carlson Gracie Temecula.

By |May 4th, 2013|News|0 Comments

The Team Heads to the Pan Ams

One of the biggest events of the year, the IBJJF Pan 2013 will be a challenge for all of its competitors, as the best in all categories will arrive ready to fight. Carlson Gracie Temecula is sending 7 of its most dedicated team members to compete this weekend:

Tino Martinez – Black Belt competing in the Masters/Light division, will be competing 12:00 pm on Saturday.

Tom Cronin – Brown Belt competing in the Senior 1/Middle division, will be competing at 11:00 am on Saturday.

Orlando Alonso – Brown Belt competing in the Senior 1/Light division, will be competing at  11:00 am on Saturday.

Chris Garcia – Blue Belt competing in the Adult/Middle division, will be competing at 1:15 pm on Thursday.

Colin Lewis – Blue Belt competing in the Adult/Light-Feather division, will be competing at 10:20 am on Thursday.

Justin Hardin – White Belt competing in the Master/Heavy division, will be competing at 7:00 pm on Wednesday (tonight!).

If you are free for any of these times, and want to see some incredible competitive brazilian jiu-jitsu and support your team mates, please go the tournament and cheer them on! And if you can’t make it to the event, you can still watch matches online at BudoVideos:

Stay tuned for results!

By |March 20th, 2013|News|0 Comments

First Class with Clark Gracie

August 8th –
After a lot of anticipation, students showed up for a great night of training at Clark’s first class on Wednesday night.  We started off with a hard NoGi training session and transitioned into a second Gi class after everybody was good and warmed up. Clark will be there for another great night this coming Wednesday. See you all there on the mat!

By |August 12th, 2012|News|0 Comments

Welcome New Instructor Clark Gracie

Who is Clark Gracie?
Clark Gracie has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since he was a small child and is a
Black Belt under his father, world renowned Red & Black Belt Carley Gracie and grandson to
the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos Gracie Sr. Clark is also first cousin to our Head
Master Carlson Jr.
Clark’s accolades and list of titles are extensive, in addition to his previous National and
World titles some of his recent accomplishments include:

Adult Black Belt Divisions:

 1st Place World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup – Abu Dhabi Trials 2010
 1st Place American Nationals 2010
 1st Place New York Open 2010
 3rd Place World Championship Jiu-Jitsu 2011
 1st Place Samurai Jiu-Jitsu Pro 2011
 2nd Place Chicago Open 2011
 ADCC Israel Tournament Superfight Champion 2012
 2nd place British Open Jiu-Jitsu Competition 2012
 2nd Place New York Open Jiu-Jitsu Championships 2012
Aside from being an avid competitor, Clark is a brilliant instructor of his family’s art and
makes regular trips to teach at Carlson Gracie Temecula. We are very fortunate to have his
support and instruction. Students may attend his GI & NoGi classes and Clark is also
available for private lessons.

By |July 31st, 2012|News|0 Comments

New Carlson Gracie Temecula Commercial

Check out the new Carlson Gracie Temecula commercial!


By |July 1st, 2012|News|0 Comments