Inside the University 1044 - Finishing the Brabo Choke Using Your Opponent's Arm

Inside the University 1044 - Finishing the Brabo Choke Using Your Opponent's Arm

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Often when setting up the Brabo choke, Gustavo's opponent will frame with his arms and try to push Gustavo away. In this case, Gustavo leans back and does like a biceps curl to pull his opponent's head off the ground. Now he pulls at the far elbow to bring the arm across the neck, and drops his chest on top of the shoulder to finish the choke.


Inside the University 1043 - Immobilizing the Hip for the Brabo Choke

Inside the University 1043 - Immobilizing the Hip for the Brabo Choke

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Gustavo covers an important detail of where to place your knee when applying the Brabo choke. After he frees it and cuts it to the other side, he drops it to the mat and uses it to pin and immobilize his opponent's hip. He does not fully commit his knee cut as if he was trying to pass. Instead he stays above his opponent where he can apply top pressure and finish the choke.

Inside the University 1042 - Finishing the Brabo Choke

Inside the University 1042 - Finishing the Brabo Choke

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After switching his hips and freeing his knee, Gustavo drops his knee to the mat and posts his free leg, almost if he's in a knee cut position. He feeds the lapel to his other hand with a palm up grip, and drops his elbow and shoulder heavy on his opponent. His other hand reaches for a cross collar grip, and he now he pulls his elbows in and lowers his chest to finish the Brabo choke.

Inside the University 1041 - Setting Up the Brabo Choke from Half Guard

Inside the University 1041 - Setting Up the Brabo Choke from Half Guard

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Gustavo is on top in his opponent's half guard, and is unable to get the underhook, but has a good cross face control. He opens the far lapel and feeds it under the armpit to his hand controlling the cross face for a stronger control. Now he can switch his hips to face his opponent and begin to free his knee from the half guard. From here he has options to pass the guard or look for the choke, which he will go over next.

Inside the University 702 - Passing the Guard if Your Opponent Doesn't Turn

Inside the University 702 - Passing the Guard if Your Opponent Doesn't Turn

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Sometimes while setting up the choke, your opponent will not turn into you, making it difficult to finish him. In this case, Victor opens his elbow, forcing his opponent's head to turn the other way, and then cuts his knee out of the half guard to side control.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 5 - Armbar from Three Quarter Mount

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 5 - Armbar from Three Quarter Mount

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From his opponent's half guard, Eduardo pushes the knee and moves to three quarter mount position. He pins his opponent's wrist to the mat, traps the other arm with his arm and steps his free leg over the head, as he would for a monoplata. From here he sits back and adjusts his position to finish the armbar.

Inside the University 514 - Finishing the Choke

Inside the University 514 - Finishing the Choke

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When Saulo makes his grip on the collar, he does not grab too deep, but grips so the edge of his hand is across the throat. Now when he sits back, his elbow is on the floor for better leverage. Now he can grab the pants and shift back to begin to free his leg. As he's passing, then he can put pressure on the neck and go for the choke.

Dennis Hallman Series 10 - Kneebar from Half Guard on Top

Dennis Hallman Series 10 - Kneebar from Half Guard on Top

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Dennis is on top in his opponent's half guard, and when his opponent lays flat, he turns away planting his right hand on the mat and stepping his left leg backward to a sitting a position. From here he hugs his opponent's leg and lays back to finish the kneebar. If his opponent figure fours his legs to defend, Dennis can easily peal the leg off with his hand.

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 5 - Modified Guillotine Choke with Cross Collar Grip

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 5 - Modified Guillotine Choke with Cross Collar Grip

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Rafael uses his knee cut to pass the guard with his four fingers in cross collar grip, and his opponent begins to turn in to him and try to turtle. Rafael lets him turn a little and then stops him using shoulder pressure on the arm, and with his free arm, he reaches over the shoulder and grabs the belt. Now he flexes his wrist on the neck and clears his opponent's bottom arm with his knee, before switching his hips and dropping them to the mat. From here he keeps his ribs heavy on his opponent's face, squeezes with his elbow and wrist, and steps his leg over the body to finish the choke.

Inside the University 451 - Deep Half Guard Sweep to Foot Lock

Inside the University 451 - Deep Half Guard Sweep to Foot Lock

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Leonel hits his deep half guard sweep after his opponent cross faces him, as shown in the previous technique, and has established top position. He steps his knee up so that both of his opponent's legs are on top of his thigh. While still controlling the sleeve grip, his other arm wraps around the ankle to begin his foot lock attack, and he pulls the top leg across the bottom leg, and tucks his elbow in between. Now he steps his other leg so his knee is on the belly, and he sits back perpendicular, making sure to squeeze his knees the whole time as he finishes the foot lock.

Claudia do Val Series 6 - Submission Series from Half Guard

Claudia do Val Series 6 - Submission Series from Half Guard

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Claudia is on top in her opponent's half guard, and because of her shoulder injury, she could not put a heavy cross face on her opponent. Instead she switches her base so that her hips are facing her opponent, and she traps the hips with her knee and forearm. If her opponent leaves her arm over Claudia's arm, Claudia raises her elbow up to the armpit, then swims her arm through and across the neck, where she can wrap it around the head and attack the Kata Gatame. If her opponent swims her arm under Claudia's arm, Claudia traps it with her elbow and grabs the wrist. From here, she can either attack the wrist lock, or make a Kimura grip and straighten the arm to submit with an arm lock.

Inside the University 408 - Brabo Choke from Half Guard

Inside the University 408 - Brabo Choke from Half Guard

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From inside his opponent's half guard, Professor Kayan pulls his opponent's far lapel out of the belt, feeds it under the armpit and behind the neck to his other hand, establishing a strong cross face. Next he switches his hips so he is facing him, and then stands up to free his knee from the half guard, and cuts it across the thigh so his hips are facing away now. Now he changes the lapel grip to his other hand, with his wrist tight to the back of the neck. From here he has two options to finish. He can grab the gi at the shoulder and finish with a cross choke, or he can pull his opponent's far arm across his neck and drop his weight with his chest on the arm to finish the choke.