All Roads Lead to the Reverse Omoplata


I recently came across a very detailed breakdown of a little known technique called the ‘reverse omoplata’. As soon as I saw it I knew that I wanted it available on Grapplearts, so I went and sought permission from the author (Matt Kirtley) and now I can happily pass these techniques on to you:

Three other techniques by Eduardo and Matt include:

I know that some people looking at these techniques are going to think that this material is too advanced and too complicated for them to pull off, and they may be right. HOWEVER, even if you are never going to use the reverse omoplata yourself, there are still at least two good reasons to have a look at these techniques.

The first reason to think about these techniques is that someone might try to use the crucifix or the reverse omo plata on you, and the first step of an intelligent defense is awareness that a technique even exists.

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, Matt’s approach to the reverse omo plata illustrates a very important point. Although some of the techniques might seem like minor variations of one another they show how you can use the same technique, getting to the same final position, when faced with a variety of different starting positions. When you are trying to master any technique it is critical to have multiple ways to arrive at that technique and to deal with different types of resistance.

The principle of finding different routes to the same technique is true whether you are trying to master the reverse omoplata, a pin escape, a choke, a kneebar, a sweep, or any other technique in the grappling arsenal. So pick a technique you want to get good at, and then try to figure out how you can apply that technique from many different starting points. For example, if you are trying to master a certain lapel choke try to figure out if that choke will work from sidemount, rearmount, scarf hold, north-south position, etc. This is a very useful exercise at many levels, and will put you on the road to mastering that technique.

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