This forum has helped me quite a bit, and I would like to put alot of things I have learned into a nutshell for everyone to look over, and hopefully help them improve their game, no matter what it is. (I'm going to include stand-up, because I enjoy mma, and more people go to the grappling forum. We need an MMA TECHNIQUE forum!) If anyone disagrees with me, please let me know, for I am still learning, and only wish to share with you things that have helped me. So don't take this as "The Word" but just as a guy trying to give back. On grappling a taller guy- Takedowns-When your standing up and trying to take him down, an important thing to remember is that his center of gravity is higher that yours. As long as your center of gravity is under his, you have the power to lift him, but only if you are close! This is important. Taller people may not let you in, and you have to be prepared for that. While clinch techniques will work, like trips and such, other moves like throws and sweeps can be a problem, simply because he can base farther than you can take him. There is a guy I train with that is 3-4 inches taller than me, and he used to wrestle, and throwing him is quite the hastle. Also, there is more of him to lift if you were to pick him up, which is the case for me. One bad thing about being taller is that your arms are longer, and are more difficult to squeeze into tiny places. Pummeling is the short grapplers golden move. Once inside of a taller opponent, make sure to make him stand as straight as possible. If he is at an angle away from you of with his hips out, he can come back in with a judo throw, or sweep using his long legs. Also, getting the clinch can be a problem, so I will try to explain one of my ways to get the clinch rather easily. You need to come close to him, and he will put his hands up, usually on your shoulders, to stop you. From there, take your right hand, and cup his left wrist on the outside. Yank his hand off your shoulder, and push it down, and outside to your right, in a half circle motion, like you were getting kimurad. Once his hand is past your hip, step with your right leg as deep to the outside of his left foot as you can, and try to put your right hip as close as you can to his left hip. While doing this, pummel your right hand, continueing the kimurad motion, into an underhook on his left side. Once here, it is much easier to work for a body lock. The easiest takedown from here is to body lock, pull him in while being weary of him sweeping you over his left leg, so you need your weight back, then sweep his left foot with your right foot, and turn to your right. This should make him lose balance enough for him to fall. Shooting also works well, because there is more of him that needs to sprawl, but I don't like shooting, so I won't even go into it, I wouldn't be very helpful.