Week 14 Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training

This week at Gracie Barra Centennial we are teaching some very important moves of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Many times a fight moves to the ground and sometimes we are in bad positions. This week we learn how to turn from those bad positions into better ones. 

GB1 – In the fundamentals class we learn how to move from turtle and being in a headlock to top position. We all are very familiar with the difficulty of recovering from side mount. This week under Master Carlos Gracie Jr.’s guidance we learn some classic guard recovery. 

GB2 – In the advanced classes our professors will share their favorite hip and hand throws to help you get those important first two points in competition. We will also learn some great submissions from side mount. This is a great week to up your game for competition.

GBK – In our Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Kids Program we follow along the same lines of our fundamentals. This is great for parents and kids growing in the program together. They can share their experiences and practice together. Our Kids will learn important headlock escapes, how to recover the guard from side mount and a great hip throw. 

Week 14 Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu taining at GB Centennial is great for everyone in the South Metro Denver Area. If you live in Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, Littleton, Castle Pines, Englewood or surrounding areas you should come try a free class today. Gracie Barra has the best jiu-Jitsu training program and we would love to share it with you. 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: The Omaplata

GB Technique : The Omoplata

The omoplata has many different setups from Spider, Lasso and Sleeve and collar Grip Guard and shines when we go no-gi. Without our ability to control the opponent’s sleeve or collar, we need other methods to control an aggressive opponent looking to pass.

Omoplata is of great benefit to those jiu-jitsu students with short legs that don’t feel effective when trying to apply the triangle choke on heavier opponents. The good news is that most of the triangle setups that you’ve learned may be applied to your omoplata attacks.

Let’s see some of the best omoplata variations as taught by Gracie Barra instructors.

1) Closed Guard Omoplata / Omoplata partindo da Guarda Fechada
A good place to start our study of the omoplata is the closed guard with Prof. Daniel Ramos.
* Note the grips Prof. Daniel is using to prevent the opponent from rolling out.

2) Omoplata From Spider Guard
Prof. Draculino teaches us one of the most potent weapons of the spider guard player, the omoplata setup.
* Note how Prof. Draculino finishes the omoplata as he scoots back to place downwards pressure on the shoulder.

3) Lapel Guard to Omoplata / Controle de guarda c/ lapela + Finalização
Prof. Victor Estima is one of Gracie Barra’s top competitors representing the Red Shield and in this video we see an advanced strategy of using lapels leading to the omoplata finish.

4)Standing Omoplata Sweep / Raspagem c/ o oponente em pé
One of my black belt friends who specializes in the omoplata claims that he sees the omoplata as 70% sweep and 30% submission. This sweep is one of the very best using omoplata against a standing passer.

5) Advanced Double Attack from the Mount
Prof. Philipe Della Monica shows a variation of the omoplata that you can attack from the mount. The pressure is applied to the opponent’s shoulder in a similar way to the more conventional omoplata.

See also on Gracie Barra : GB Techniques: Standing Guard Passes



Gracie Barra Centennial Holiday Special

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Don’t wait. Sign-up Today. If your not sure now. Drop in to try a free jiu-jitsu class and see if it right for you. Promotion ends on 12/24/2018. Call us at 855-548-5488 or email us at robert@gbcentennial.com to set a time today. Here is a link to our schedule.

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Gracie Barra Learning: The Hip Throw


GB Learning : The Hip Throw

This week on Gracie Barra Blog we look at one of the fundamental takedowns in grappling : the Hip Throw.

This is likely one of the very first techniques that you learned in Judo and Jiu-jitsu and we see it especially in self defense techniques.

It is a powerful technique that employs many of the concepts of throws that you may apply to learning all of your other throws as well. The concepts of unbalancing the opponent (Kuzushi), foot work and getting underneath your opponent’s center of gravity.

Let’s see how some Gracie Barra instructors use the hip throw and some variations.

1) Basic Hip throw to scarf hold / Queda de Quadril
This is the most basic way to perform the hip throw. Notice how Prof. Rafael Tarabay from Sao Paulo transitions quickly to scarf hold to secure the top position after the throw.

2) Variation #1
World Champion Prof Otavio Sousa demonstrates his favorite variation of a hip throw. This variation is known as Morote seionage in Judo. Note how low Prof. Otavio gets underneath his opponent’s center of gravity.

3) Hip throw to Sacrifice throw combination
The sacrifice throw is known in Japanese as “Taniotoshi”

4) Hip Throw variation #2 / Técnica de Queda de Quadril
Prof. Fabio Lima teaches us how to use the grips to unbalance the opponent and execute a variation that includes the lifting power of the leg. This is known as “Uchimata” in Judo.

5) Combination Throw / Single Leg Counter Attack
Prof. Carlos Lemos Jr. shows us how after his opponent counters his single leg attempt, he quickly transitions to the hip throw.

See also on Gracie Barra : Tournament Guard Passing

Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Saigon, Vietnam
Instagram: markmullen.bjj

Week 10 Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu Armbars, Mount and Knee on Belly

Come to Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu this week and learn how to defend yourself from a takedown with a classic guillotine choke. We are also teaching submissions from the mount position. Learn a quality armbar and a keylock submission. In addition we are teaching the key points of knee on belly. 

In the advance classes we are working on hand and hip throws, mount and knee on the belly submissions. 

In the GBK program we show how to do a headlock takedown as well as defense for it. We also follow similar moves in the adult curriculum, as the knee on the belly and working from the mount. 

For more about Armbars Visit HERE

GB Learning : Standing Guard Passes

Gracie Barra Professors Standing Guard Passes

What are the advantages to passing the guard standing?
More difficult for the opponent to attack a submission because of distance.
You are able to make better use of your speed advantage and move side to side on top.
Standing will negate the advantages of some styles of guard ex. Butterfly guard and closed guard. Let’s see how some of Gracie Barra’s instructors pass the guard standing.

1) Passing the Closed Guard
Most of us learn our first closed guard pass from the knees but many black belts (like Professor Rodrigo Freitas of Gracie Barra Manhattan Beach & Professor Mikey Gomez of Gracie Barra Temecula here) prefer standing to pass the closed guard. One of the advantages is that it is easier to open the tightly closed ankles while standing.

2) Standing Leg Drag Pass
Head instructor at GB HQ in Irvine, California show one of the essential standing passes with some key details on the leg grip and hip movement.

3) X Guard Pass
Prof. Kiko Meneghetti of GB Barao Geraldo shows how we can negate one of the opponent’s hooks to back step out of the Xguard. Note Prof. Kiko’s specific grips.

4) Standing Bull Fighter Pass Variation / Passagem de Guarda Aberta
This standing pass come from GB Vitoria. The grip in the belt is especially effective to control the guard player’s hip movement.

5) Standing Bullfighter / Leg Drag hybrid pass
I’m not sure if this standing guard pass by Prof. Villem Coelho of GB Jacarepagua is a Bullfighter or a Leg Drag variation, but it is an awesome standing pass combining elements of both classic passes!

See also on Gracie Barra : GB Techniques: Submissions from Side mount

See also on Gracie Barra : GB Techniques: Take The Back!

Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Saigon, Vietnam
Instagram: markmullen.bjj

GB Learning : How To Take The Back

GB Learning : How To Take The Back

This week on Gracie Barra Blog we are looking at a few of the varied ways we can take the opponent’s back.

A GB student posed the question “I have a few submissions from the back but I never seem to get to the back mount when I roll with good guys. How can I get to the back mount?”

The more experienced your opponent, the less likely they will commit a mistake that gives you an easy back take.

Let’s see how some Gracie Barra instructors catch the rear mount position

1) Take the back from Turtle / Estabilização da pegada das costas com o oponente de 4 apoios
Prof. Jefferson Moura  the head instructor of GB Rio Matriz shows how to attack the opponent in turtle and take the back.

2) Taking the back countering the double underhooks pass / Pegada das costas partindo da guarda aberta
We can transition to the opponent’s back off of their attempted double underhooks guard pass. Prof. Osvaldo Neto teaches how.

3) Take the back with double underhooks pass / Passagem de guarda com pegada das costas
Now let’s reverse the situation and see how we can take the back using the double underhooks pass.

4) Take the back from closed guard
Prof. Carlos Liberi shows a high percentage back take that you can perform from your closed guard.

5) Advanced – Take the back from reverse half guard
When your opponent performs a back step into reverse half guard, you can use their lapel to catch the back. Not for beginners!

See also on Gracie Barra : Mental Preparation for Competition


Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Saigon, Vietnam
Instagram: markmullen.bjj

Gracie Barra Week 6 Fundamentals: Headlock and Back & Turtle Bottom

The Gracie Barra Fundamentals Curriculum allows for students starting Jiu-Jitsu for the first time and even the experienced competitor to learn and refine the basics. Each week we go through a series of  new techniques all layered together by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and may of his black belts. 

This week we are learning some very important headlock escapes. A great aspect of our program is the practical use of self-defense techniques we learn. These escapes are great for jiu-jitsu competition as well as on the streets in a confrontation. In addition to the headlock escapes we learn a very important guard – Turtle. The turtle is a good way to protect yourself while transitioning back to a full guard or top dominant position. Drop in one day this week for a free class an you can begin to learn for yourself. Call us 855-548-5488 or by email at robert@gbcentennial.com

Week 5 Gracie Barra Training – Sacrifice Throws, Foot Sweeps and Guard Bottom

Sacrifice Throws, Foot Sweeps and Guard Bottom

GB1 – This week in Gracie Barra Fundamentals we learn standing a standing attack with a body lock takedown, a pull foot sweep from standing, and the hook the foot sweep from standing. In Class B we learn distance management, the tripod sweep and the outside hook sweep. All moves that will help your bottom guard game. 

GB2,3 – In the advanced class our Professors and Coaches share their favorite sacrifice throws. Come see an uchi mata setup to sumi gaeshi. On the ground come learn some solid techniques from guard with sweeps and submissions. 

GBK – In the kids program we are working distance management, using your feet and guard. Once on the ground we are practicing our scissor sweep from guard. Remember on Fridays our kids have some time for competition matches. Hope to see you this week. 

Week 4 Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Training Curriculum

This week we up our level of Jiu-Jitsu training at Gracie Barra Centennial.

GB1 Fundamentals – Come learn how to ward off an attacker with a solid hip throw. We are working transitions from the mount and knee on the belly.

GB2-3 Advanced – In our advanced Jiu-Jitsu training we share some great foot throws and submissions from the mount and knee on belly. 

GBK – In the kids program our Jiu-Jitsu training follows the adult program. We learn a great  foot sweep and how to sweep our opponent when they are mounted. 

We look forward to seeing you this week at Gracie Barra Centennial. Remember we serve the entire South Denver Metro area including Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Parker area, and more.

For other great moves check out our blog: Submissions from Side Mount