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Thursday, September 1, 2011

YOU'VE GONE AND NABBED THE OMOPLATA CATCH POSITION. CONGRATS. NOW WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO WITH IT?

So, you've gone and wrangled your opponent into the omoplata "catch position."  You should be proud of your accomplishment.  We're proud of you too.  But, now you gotta do something with it.

For many, many years, I've mocked the omoplata as a bogus move.  In fact, in my book of BJJ (a theoretical book), it would sit alongside the clock choke as the two the most widely used yet bogus Jiu Jitsu techniques of all time.  Is it really bogus or fake?  No.  But, it's commonly improperly and poorly applied to get submissions.  My assessment is that a patient and skillful grappler can, more often than not, unwind it and return to a neutral position against the majority of opponents attempting it.

Bottom line is - if you want to do more than merely annoy your opponent or, at best, advance your position and actually submit him/her, you must learn the nuances of the omoplata submission.  Start with this primer from our bros at Phuket Top Team (featuring their head BJJ coach, Rafael Lopes). 


... and when you think you have it down, come by for a morning roll and we'll take her for a test ride and see if you can finish me with it (you won't be able to). Happy grappling.



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