This is specifically regarding takedowns in no-gi, but could also apply to gi as well. First of all, I don't like to shoot in for double or single legs. I don't have a good shot, and I have an even worse sprawl and there are so many people with wrestling backgrounds that I feel like I'm playing "their game" if I try to go in for a shoot. So, whenever rolling or competing, I try to get into a clinch to work judo/greco-roman style upper body takedowns (body lock, hip throws). However, I find it's hard for me to get in close enough to work these types of throws unless my opponent is also going for an upper body takedown. In gi, I get stiff-armed by my collar and lapel; in no gi, my opponent usually shoots before I can establish a solid control (anything more than a wrist and the back of their head). Not having a wrestling background, my stand-up game is pretty weak. I've been taking judo, so my grip-fighting is improving for gi... not so much for no-gi. On a semi-related note, I've heard that you can use the gi to stuff your opponent's shot. Can anyone give me tips on this?