BJJ Technique: Aranha Omoplata

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The Advanced technique featured this month highlights a detail within the Omoplata technique. In this situation, I assume you know the Omoplata shoulder lock and most of the details that a beginner/Intermediate student should already know. This is about setting the actual move up; it is about how to improve the lock once you achieve the position.

- Aranha


Aranha Omoplata
1. At this point, you should know a few set-ups for this technique, so we will focus on the details once we arrive at this position. In this case, I am simply pulling my foot in front of my opponent's face in order to achieve the proper positioning.
2. Once my foot is in front of my opponent's face, I will make the 'triangle' with my legs in order to gain increased leverage downward on my opponent's shoulder. Having my left leg in front of my opponent's neck will also make it difficult for my opponent to come back at me, while at the same time, set up complimenting moves like the triangle choke or gogplata. These combinations are detailed in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, The Master Text for those interested. Please take note of a few other details: my right hand is grabbing my opponent's belt, whi9ch helps me not only in controlling my opponent, but also to pivot my body (I must be facing the same direction as him) while sitting up. I will also be sure to 'trap' my opponent's left arm between my right side and upper (right) thigh before sitting up.
3. I will now sit up by placing my right arm over my opponent's back as shown here in figure three. In is important to do this so that my opponent's does not simply roll out of my move right away.
4. I will now reach completely over my opponent's back to his right gi collar.
5. I am now 'feeding' my opponent's gi collar out from its position, tucked under his belt. I will free the collar completely.

6. Once the collar is free, I will place my right elbow in my opponent's back gripping the collar as shown here in figure six. I am now placing a tremendous amount of pressure on my opponent's back. This will ensure that he cannot move in any direction easily.
7. If my opponent's left shoulder should move off the floor in an attempt to sit up, I will use my right leg to force him to the floor by straightening it out as shown here in figure seven.
8. To complete the lock, I will push away from my opponent slightly (you can see this in figure seven), creating a space between my opponent and I so that his arm is at a 90degree angle; this will cause greater pressure on the shoulder. I will force my opponent down with my leg and elbow, while at the same time sitting up toward his head in order to cause my opponent to submit.
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