Neiman Gracie and the art of reaching the back

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In every fight he has done in his successful MMA career as of December 2017, Neiman Gracie moved in search of back control, opening up a path to victory. He not only reaches the back with ease, but also stabilizes the position and transitions effortlessly.

This week at the Renzo Gracie Online Academy, you get access to all of his knowledge on the matter. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to develop a mental GPS, mapping shortcuts to your opponents’ backs from various positions: the guard, the half-guard, side control, the north-south, the mount.

Week 5 of the Renzo Gracie Online Academy program is organized thusly:

  • Ten technique of progression to your opponent’s back in bids to finish.
  • Drop morote seoi nage: the mechanic of taking down by turning one’s body and kneeling between one’s opponent’s legs.
  • Lifestyle: How to stay protected from adverse scenarios in the streets, using all the self-confidence provided by jiu-jitsu.

Day 1- Monday

Lesson 1: Back-take from closed guard

On closed guard, break your opponent’s grips on your gi, cross their arm diagonally, and use the shortcut that arises to reach the back and finish.

Lesson 2: Back-take from half-guard

Surprise those opponents who try to pass your half-guard. Gain a pummel, advancing your arm flush with the passer’s armpit. Then position yourself sideways. These adjustments will enable you to move to back control.

Day 2 – Tuesday

Lesson 3: Variation on the back-take from half-guard

On the bottom on half-guard, you pummel your opponent and try to move to their back. The passer, however, uses their arm to wrap your pummel, blocking the way. Neiman shows how to turn the tables.

Lesson 4: Cross-pummel to move to the back starting from the half-guard

Instead of reaching for Leo Tunico’s right armpit, Neiman opts to pummel the left armpit, passing his body under the passer’s torso on his way to the back.

Day 3 – Wednesday

Lesson 5: Back-take from the mount

The secret of many positions lies in a fighter’s sense of anticipation. When Leo Tunico starts shrimping to escape from the mount, Neiman positions himself sideways, attacking from behind.

Lesson 6: From side control to the back

Upon reaching side control, your opponent tends to close up defensively. How about giving them a little space in the form of a trap? At the moment that your opponent turns their body to escape, the perfect opportunity arises to control them from the back with the seat belt adjustments.

Lesson 7: Reasons to practice jiu-jitsu: self-confidence

Self-defense techniques are a key element of BJJ. Understand how practicing the gentle art can make you into a much more confident person, with a keen sense of when to stay away from conflict in the streets.

Day 4 – Thursdays

Lesson 8: From side control to the back, pt. 2

We resume our study of the case of your opponent closing up defensively when they are under side control. Neiman shows an interesting way to control Leo Tunico’s flexed arm. After spinning 180 degrees, forcing Tunico to get sideways, Gracie passes the leg and repositions himself, with total control over the back.

Lesson 9: From the north-south to the back

Underestimated by millions of BJJ practitioners, the north-south position offers multiple effective attacking options, like this surprising progression to the opponent’s back through powerful grips on the lapel.

Day 5 – Friday

Lesson 10: Controlling the back with a cross-grip on the lapel

Your opponent closes up on all fours, and you must find space to get the hooks in with your legs and gain full back control. Here’s a simple way to deal with this.

Lesson 11: Back control with somersault

With some acrobatics, Neiman Gracie surprises his opponent, who is closed up defensively on all fours. With two firm, tight grips on the collars, Gracie does a somersault and ends the progression with full control of the back.

Lesson 12: Drop morote seoi nage

The drop morote seoi nage is not unlike the ippon seoi nage, with a twist: you don’t do it standing, but rather kneeling between your opponent’s legs. The lower under your opponent you are able to place yourself, the more powerful the unbalancing.

P.S. Improve your jiu-jitsu in Renzo Gracie’s team – RGOA

The RGOA schedule:

Week 1: Attacks from closed guard

Week 2: Guard retention

Week 3: Side attacks

Week 4: Escape from side control

Week 5: Back-takes

Week 6: Attacks from the back

Week 7, 8, 9 …, 998, 999, 1000: Surprise! Each week a new topic.

Plus: Takedowns, Self-Defense, Lifestyle tips, Documentaries, Interviews, etc.

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