The omoplata may be the most underrated submission in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It is not utilized often at the highest levels of bjj but it is an excellent submission. We have seen omoplata’s executed in bjj and MMA before but they are not used as frequently as other submissions such as the kimura, the arm bar, or the triangle. Why is this?
There seems to be a common misconception among the bjj community that the omoplata is ineffective or that it is not a high percentage submission. This is a problematic ideology because it stunts the growth of bjj when this type of attitude is spread. Lucky for us there have been a few people that have experimented with the omoplata and brought many innovations to the position.
Kyra Gracie is a BJJ legend with 4 black belt world titles and an incredible 3 ADCC golds.
In this video, she shows Bernardo Faria a great detail for finishing the omoplata when your opponent is leaning back putting weight on you.
She learned this move, when she was competing and Rickson, Renzo, Roger and Kron Gracie were in her coner and telling her to hip out and hug the head. The result was an immediate shoulder lock.
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If you like omoplata, lucky for you, 5x Black Belt World Champion, Bernardo Faria just released a DVD called “Omoplata Everyone.” This is a 4 DVD set all about the omoplata. Bernardo has one of the best omoplata’s in the world and he does not do any crazy or fancy set ups. He is not athletic, not flexible, not a freak athlete, he is just an ordinary guy with amazing technique. Check out his DVD and it can change you game. You will start to see omoplata’s from literally every position, and they won’t be omoplata’s that are hard to set up, they will be simple and effective entries! Check out his DVD below.