Taking the Back

by Vitor “Shaolin” Riberio

Passing the guard and taking an opponent’s back in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu match is a huge advantage. Here Shaolin shows you one way to do it:

Shaolin (in black) has pinned both of Todd’s legs to the ground in order to pass his guard Taking the back in razilian Jiu-jitsu 1
Todd turns, trying to get to his knees to prevent the guard pass and pin. This is a common tactic in high-level Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition. Shaolin stays close and… Taking the back in razilian Jiu-jitsu 2
…inserts his left leg under Todd’s body, hooking his leg Taking the back in razilian Jiu-jitsu 3
Closeup of the hooking leg: note how Shaolin’s heel touches his other knee so as to better trap Todd’s leg Taking the back in razilian Jiu-jitsu 4
Shaolin now inserts his right leg obtaining the rear mount, a highly advantageous position in both Brazilian jiu-jitsu and on the street. Taking the back in razilian Jiu-jitsu 5

Thanks to Todd Dorion for being the opponent in this technique.

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