The Omoplata is often one of those elusive submissions. Your opponents see it coming and try to elude getting submitted by either staying extremely tight with their elbows or by “slipping out” once you shoot for it. Now, the second problem has to do with how mobile your hips are, how well (speed and technique) you shoot that leg underneath their shoulder, and how fast you are in feeding their arm to your hip… However, the first problem can actually be easily dealt with.
Here’s how to deal with the “tight elbows” problem when setting up an Omoplata from Closed Guard. Bernardo Faria shares a secret and easily applicable detail below.
So you’re trying to set up an Omoplata from Closed Guard… But your training partner keeps their elbow tucked in.
There’s no way you’re getting the submission in this situation, is there?
Well, there is a way. You “just” need to get their elbow to the outside.
Bernardo Faria reveals a great way to do just that:
Master the OMOPLATA–the submission that can be your new favorite position.
- You might not look like Clark Gracie, but your omoplatas will be the best-looking part of your game.
- SWEEP them when they’re defending the SUBMISSION and SUBMIT them when they’re defending the SWEEP.