5 or 6 details for you to land a helicopter sweep

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Flavio Almeida lands on top and checks scoreboard at Las Vegas Open.

Flavio Almeida, on top, at 2010 Las Vegas Open / Photo: John Cooper


The helicopter sweep is a position as surprising as it is efficient, and the whole world marvels when they get to see one carried out in Jiu-Jitsu.


On the Gracie Barra,

website, Professor Flavio “Cachorrinho” taught a class on how to put it to practice starting from open or butterfly guard.

But we’ll translate the secrets for you right here on GRACIEMAG.com.

Concede, to win

According to the teacher at Gracie Barra Dana Point, California, one of the primary details is to give up the underhook, clearing the way for your hand to go just where you want it.

The other key point is to keep a hook on your opponent’s calf, which is vital in performing the intricate maneuver.

Check it out and let us know what you think. If you don’t get something in particular, just ask us and we, or one of our savvy readers, will break it down for you.

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