At the bottom of this post is a Youtube video I just created to show the easiest way to do the Berimbolo.
Now if you’re a Berimbolo aficionado then you’ve probably already scrolled down. But maybe you’re on the fence about this move. Or maybe you don’t even know what it is and why you should care about it.
Well, give me a minute to put it into context for you…
Over the last couple of years the Berimbolo technique has had an incredible track record in high level competition. Little guys… big guys… black belts… even blue belts now… everyone seems to be using it. Some competitors work it almost to the exclusion of all other techniques: they fight, fight, fight to get the de la Riva position, and as soon as they have their foot in position, BOOM, they’re inverting and trying to Berimbolo their way to their opponent’s back.
The Berimbolo has maybe become THE signature move of modern competition jiu-jitsu. Which is why some traditional instructors won’t teach it at all: it’s just too far removed from the conservative closed guard attacks that characterised the earlier generations of jiu-jitsu.
And a lot of people are intimidated by the Berimbolo. It’s easy to understand why this might be the case: at first glance it appears to be a mad scramble with arms and legs all over the place.
But there’s definitely a method to the madness. It’s not just some crazy jumble. In fact I’d like to share two drills and an easy three step method to break it down for you.
Who know? Maybe after you train it a few times it’ll become your ‘go to’ move from the guard.
But even if you never, ever intend use the Berimbolo then you should still drill it in training. Why? Because it’s inevitable that someone is going to attack YOU with it in the next year or two. When that happens it won’t be a total shock; you’ll recognise it because you’ll remember having done it yourself. And training a technique is the best way to learn how to defend against it.
Knowledge is power, so check it out. It’s not as hard as you might think!
P.S. If you’re interested in exploring the berimbolo further then check out The 3 Stages of the Berimbolo article on this site here.