The omoplata is highly underestimated submission/sweep in Jiu-Jitsu because not many people know the fine details which make it so effective.
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.
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.
Shawn Williams teaches finishing omoplata.
Shawn Williams is a black belt under Renzo Gracie and he received his black belt on the same day as the great John Danaher.
He is known for his guard system, “The Williams Guard.” which is a position of control that can be heavily utilized from the closed guard.
The Williams Guard emphasizes control, timing, sweeps, and submissions.
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