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Topic of the week: Back-take

Neiman Gracie and the art of reaching the back.

In every fight he has done in his successful MMA career, 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, employing creative, effective finishes. 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. 

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Taking the back from the closed guard

A progression from the closed guard, breaking your opponent's grip on your jacket. Crossing their arm diagonally, you have created a shortcut to control their back. And don't forget the main details shown by Neiman Gracie in this type of attack.

Back Take from Half Guard

This grip will be used often when you want to surprise opponents that are trying to pass your half-guard. You gained a pummel, passing your arm close to their armpit, and then you placed yourself sideways. These adjustments will enable you to move on to back control.

Back take from whizzer position

A variation that will always help with back control from the half-guard. You've seen that, on the bottom on half-guard, you pummel your opponent and seek to move to their back. The passer, however, uses their arm to wrap your pummel, blocking the path. But the escape proposed by Neiman shows how to turn the table.

Half guard dragging to the back

This cross pummel is for you who like daring, surprising positions. You saw that, instead of seeking Leo Tunico's right armpit, Neiman choseto pummel the left armpit, passing his arm under the passer's torso on the way to his back.

Taking the back from the half guard

The secret to many positions is in a fighter's sense of anticipation. And that's what happenedin this transition from the mount to back control.When Tunico started shrimping to escape the mount, Neiman positioned himself sideways, attacking from behind.

From side control to the back

Upon reaching side control, your opponent tends to close up defensively. How about giving up a little room in the form of a trap? At the moment your opponent spins their body to escape, you saw how to plan for the perfect opportunity to control them from the back and get the tap-out.

Reasons why BJJ: Confidence

Self-defense techniques are a fundamental element of BJJ. Understand how practicing them can make you into a much more confident person with a keen sense of how to stay away from situations of conflict.

Side Control to the back variation 1

Again we study the case of your opponent closing up defensively when they are under side control. Neiman showed an interesting way to control Tunico's flexed arm after spinning 180 degrees, forcing Tunico to place himself sideways. Neiman passes the leg and changes his position, with complete control over Tunico's back.

North-south to the back

Underestimated by many BJJ practitioners, the north-south position is useful for pinning and opening up spaces, and it also offers many efficient attacking options, like this surprising progression to an opponent's back through powerful grips on their lapel.

Turtle to back

Your opponent has closed themselves up on all fours, and you need to find space to get the hooks in with your legs and attain full back control. From there, you saw a simple, efficient way to escape from this situation.

Turtle to back variation

Sometimes, certain moves can seem spectacular. It was with an acrobatic maneuver that you saw Neiman Gracie surprise an opponent who had closed up defensively on all fours. With two firm, tight grips on his opponent's collar, Neiman does a somersault and ends the progression with full control of the back.

Drop Morote Seoi Nage

Note that the drop morote seoi nage is similar to the ippon seoi nage, with a small difference: now you're not doing the move standing, but instead kneeling between your opponent's legs. The lower down below your opponent you manage to place yourself, the more potent the unbalancing.

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