The most underrated submission in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu may just be the omoplata. Some grapplers such as Clark Gracie are famous for basing their whole game on this powerful submission/ sweep combo.
We have even seen omoplatas executed MMA before. Remember Royce Gracie against Akebono?
The omoplata has been used successfully at the pinnacle of Jiu Jitsu competitions by Bernardo Faria where he secured the open class Black Belt Pan-American Championship gold with an omoplata in 2010, Clark Gracie has used this position to submit many high level practitioners, and Dominyka Obeleyente, an open class and weight female black belt world champion is infamous for her domoplata.
Part of what makes the omoplata such a good position is the lack of knowledge on it, many people neglect this submission and don’t understand the mechanics of it so if you take the time to learn this position you will have an upper hand on a lot of people and can keep it in your back pocket. The other advantage is that the omoplata is an excellent sweep, it is almost like a guard, and it is also an excellent counter and move from bottom position or top.
Here Clark Gracie shows the essential details for an effective omoplata. When they start to posture, Clark right away swings his legs inside, trapping his foot under the opponent’s armpit.From here he can sit straight up and set up a powerful shoulder lock and get the tap.
So there you have it, the omoplata is the submission that you have been missing in your arsenal of attacks. It is one of those secret weapons that are worth working on. Since many people don’t do them a lot of people are not familiar with the mechanics of the position and you can take advantage of this.
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.