Category Archives: Transitions

Sometimes the key to winning in BJJ is not simply knowing the different sweeps, submissions and positions but the ability to transition between them smoothly and seemlessly.

Caio Terra shows us how to take the back from Half guard top

caio-terra-half-guard-to-backBJJ world champion Caio Terra has a great half guard game. In this video, he shows us an excellent way to take the back from the half guard top position. It’s amazing how often I find my self in half guard so it’s important to have a good way to get to a dominant position from there.

You can buy Caio Terra’s DVD on half guard techniques from Amazon here.

Back take and mount from closed guard with Buchecha

back take from closed guard buchechaThis video is a perfect storm of sick techniques. BJJ Wizard, Marcus Almeida aka ‘Buchecha’ shows us how to take the back from closed guard and transition to the mount at will from there.

The reason I like this video so much is that there’s nothing complex here, just good solid technique. Closed guard is an iconic position of BJJ. The back take and the mount are arguably the two most dominant positions. In this video, you learn how to go from one to the other to the other in a simple and almost unstoppable sequence. The best part is that you can rely on the fact that it’s rock solid technique, because the instructor is Buchecha himself. It doesn’t come much better than this, so go drill it.

The video is courtesy of Hayabusa. You can see their great range of BJJ Gi’s here.

Rolling back take from deep half guard top position.

This move may make your brain fry but it’s awesome and unless he’s very experienced, your opponent won’t even understand what’s going on. When I work on this in class, I find it very challenging to do but amazing to pull off.

Rolling back take from deep half guard

Rolling back take from deep half guard

Your opponent has you in deep half guard and he feel’s like he’s gaining control. All of a sudden you roll and you have his back, ready to take the submission. Mind=Blown.

What a killer technique shown by BJJ superstar Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida for Hayabusa.
To purchase a High quality Hayabusa BJJ gi, click here.