Baratoplata Shoulder Lock from Mount

Baratoplata Shoulder Lock from Mount

  • These steps attack the Opp L Shoulder (do opposite for R Shoulder)
  • Hero is mounted on top of Opp
  • Opp arms are in tight to defend (Home Alone Position)
  1. Hero R Arm -> UH Opp L Arm; (attack the bottom arm); Hero R Hand -> either the Opp L Wrist or to tie both arms up then the R Wrist
  2. Hero L Hand -> Opp R Elbow/Arm to hold it down
  3. Hero steps R leg up so knee is bent and R foot is on the ground.
  4. Hero steps L Leg over Opp (AST) turning R; Hero L foot ends up at Opp L Neck
  5. Hero R Hand -> Hero L Thigh (locking Opp L Arm in place
  6. Hero L Arm -> L Mat to adjust body as needed
    • Important for Hero to get underhook on Opp R Arm to keep Opp from moving/following Hero during submission
  7. Hero turns back L and sits hips down on the L side of Opp to finish Submission
  • Often at this point the Opp will feel danger and the Opp will bridge to their R to put Hero on their back
  • Hero maintains grips during this transition and can finish the Baratoplata from the bottem
  1. Hero Left hand -> Opp L back of Elbow
  2. Hero L Leg clamps down on Opp L shoulder and back to secure position
  3. Hero R Foot -> Opp L Hip
  4. Hero pushes with R Foot/Leg and moves hips to outside to finish Shoulder Lock

This video by Rafael “Barata” Freitas from Gracie Barra does an excellent job demonstrating the Baratoplata. Both it and my Jiu Jitsu Notes have helped me mentally understand it and to physically execute it while rolling.

Side Control to Far Side Straight Armlock to Armbar

#1)Side Control to Far Side Straight Armlock to Armbar

  • Hero has Opp in R side control
  • Opp L Arm -> Hero R Neck (key detail)
  • Hero R Arm UH(under hook) Opp L arm; Hero L Arm -> back of Opp Neck
  1. Hero Head and R Arm squeeze tight -> Opp L Arm
  2. Hero L Hand comes over the top and -> Opp L Neck/Head; Hero L Hand/Arm pushes Opp Head -> L
  3. Hero stays low and slides R Knee across Opp Chest -> Opp L ribs and ground
  4. Hero L Knee slides over top of Opp Face -> Opp L Neck Area
    • Hero L foot can go -> Opp R Armpit for better stabilization
  5. Hero R + L Hands Gable Grip and Hero L Forearm -> just slightly above the Opp L elbow towards the triceps
  6. Hero tightens up on Opp L Arm with Head and Arms  to finish the Armlock applying pressure to the L Elbow Joint
    • The video below by Carnage BJJ/Jamie Jara shows the finish to this sequence.
    • It has slightly different leg seqeunce as he starts with his L Leg first and he decides to insert his L Leg under the back of the Opp Head. This works very well also and may provide better balance during the transition depending on your Opp.


#2)Failed Far Side Straight Armlock to Armbar

  • At Step #5 above Opp turns L Arm to avoid armlock
  • Opp L Arm bends 90 degrees and Opp L Hand -> Opp L rib/hip area
  1. Hero R Hand -> Opp L Triceps/Elbow
  2. Hero L Arm posts High L
  3. Hero keeps Legs tight and pivots R to come 180 degrees(facing up) into armbar postion
    • hero L + R Legs are bent; Knees tight
    • Hero is on back
  4. Hero finishes Armbar by pulling down on the Opp L Forearm and lifting hips.


Neck and Tricep Butterfly Sweep to Guillotine Submission


#1 Neck and Tricep Butterfly Sweep 

  • Hero is in butterfly position at medium range
  • Opp in kneeling position
  1. Hero R and L hands must engage Opp R and L Hands (follow the Opp Hands)
    • this helps prevent Opp grips from being established
  2. Hero R and L Legs extend slightly and bring Hero closer to Opp (close range)
  3. Hero R Hand -> (to) Opp L back of Neck (AST: At same time) Hero L Hand ->Opp R Tricep
  4. Hero R Foot -> Opp L Inner Thigh (AST) Hero L foot tucks under Hero R thigh
  5. (AST) Hero R foot lifts Opp L Leg, Hero Head drops 90 degrees L to ground, and Hero R + L Arms pull Opp -> L
    • this is the main action of the sweep
  6. Hero follows Opp and aims to end up on top of Opp in either R Half Guard or Side Control

#2 Guillotine Submission

  • At Step #7 above the Opp bases his R Knee and R  Arm to the mat (in video below it is opposite)
  • Hero changes direction to attack with a Guillotine Submission
  1. (AST) Hero R Hand pulls Opp back of neck down, Hero Sits Up and Hero L Arm sinks under Opp Neck to Guillotine Position
  2. Hero R Hand -> Hero L Hand and Hero R Elbow -> the Sky (90 degrees up) (AST) Hero turns over on to L side
    • the elbow at 90 degrees helps keep the Opp down which assists with the Submission
  3. At this point the Opp often posts the R Leg to allow for the sweep because of pressure. Hero can prevent this by “quarter guarding” Opp R Leg
    • Hero L Leg UH(underhook) Opp L Leg; Hero L ankle -> back of Hero R Knee
    • Hero can now finish the submission

This video by Marcelo Garcia is excellent. Marcelo is by far one of my favorite’s to watch and learn from.



Closed Guard Pass: From the Knees to Combat Base

Closed Guard Pass: From the Knees

  • Opp has Hero in Closed Gaurd
  • Opp has Hero Broken Down (broken posture)
  • Hero Feet are flat with tops ->ground
  1. Hero R(right) + L(left) Hands in “flat knuckle” position (or simply hands open) -> (means “go to”) Opp R + L Armpit
  2. Hero fights up to postured postion with one hand at time while keeping elbows in tight and bent
  3. Hero R + L Hands ->(go to) Opp R + L Gi Hips; Hero elbows are back, tight to sides, bent and inside Opp R + L Leg
    • Hero hands are flared slightly to outside; they are putting pressure on the ‘boney’ point of the hips which creates added pressure.
    • in the video below Jason Scully keeps his right hand ->sternum Gi
  4. Hero R + L feet go up on toes with heel off the ground (in the video below Jason Scully likes to keep the feet flat for balance)
    • this applies pressure to Opp Legs
  5. Hero turns roughly 45 degrees L; Hero L knee goes ->L; hero R Knee -> to Opp tail bone.
  6. Hero snaps body backwards and -> L to break Opp Closed Gaurd
  7. Hero R Knee -> up between Opp Legs; hero is on toes with Heel off the ground
    • this is an excellent ready/balanced position (“Combat Base”)
    • this is the end of the video below and there are many ways to finish the pass but here is one option
  8. Hero L Elbow pushes Opp R thigh -> ground which generally helps bring Opp L Leg up.
  9. Hero R Arm -> UH(underhook) Opp L Leg; hero brings Opp L Leg -> Hero R Neck
    • Hero R Arm maintains tight control of Opp L Leg; option is for Hero R Hand -> Opp R Lapel Neck with thumb in
  10. (AST as step 9) Hero L Shin -> across Opp R thigh
    • Hero can stay in this position now as it is an excellent controlling position.
    • Opp will dictate which way Hero will go to finish pass.

Option #1 to finish pass:

  • Opp pushes on Hero L knee to block pass to Opp R side
  1. Hero Pivots L and drives Opp L Leg -> ground
  2. (AST) Hero R Hand -> Opp R Lapel or back of Opp neck

Option #2 to finish pass:

  • Opp L Leg drives against Hero
  1. Hero reverse steps R Leg backwards
  2. Hero switches hips back  and drives Opp R
  3. Hero takes side control.

Excellent video below by Jason Scully. He has a ton of great videos that have been helpful for me.


What is Jiu Jitsu Notes?

Jiu Jitsu Notes is simply a place to put all the notes that I have been gathering during my Jiu Jitsu journey.

When I first started Jiu Jitsu in 2010 I immediately recognized the complexity of “The Gentle Art.” Immediately I started printing off articles, watching videos and taking notes in order to better understand the art form.

After a couple of years I realized that I wasn’t properly retaining the info I was learning from my instructors and needed to find a way to better organize my thoughts.

By chance I had spent some serious time also studying poker for several years. I found a way to utilize the method that poker players study poker hands and to apply these ideas loosely to Jiu Jitsu (not to worry there is no math involved :).  Poker Players use the term “Hero” (as in you) and “Opponent” (as in your training partner). I adopted these terms in hopes to keep the ideas simple and understandable. Additionally I shortened words like Left or Right with a simple “L” or “R.” Often I will use a symbol like -> to simply indicated that a a part of a body like hand or a foot is moving “to” a certain area. These abbreviations and others helped me to write down the moves quickly after training.

And so now after training sessions I am able to write down the technical sequence of moves that my instructors teach me. Most importantly later when I refer to my notes I understand the material that I have written down. This provides for an excellent quick refresher just before class in the hopes of remembering how to apply the techniques to my Opponents.

This has been very beneficial for me and therefore my Jiu Jitsu knowledge is much clearer then before.Jits Bible

So why start this blog? Well I want to compile all of my notes in one place in a digital format for reference. I call the binder where I have my notes stored my “Jiu Jitsu Bible.” Unfortunately though after all the work I have done I realized that I would be devastated if it got damaged or lost. So because of this I have been searching for a way that I can have everything in one spot. I have tried putting the notes in Google Docs but this seems clunky. I also want to be able to add video links and take pictures to help clarify the moves.

Hopefully these notes will help other Jiu Jitsu Practitioners in a few ways. First if someone is working on a move they can simply print out or copy the instruction for that move and refer to it at any time. Second maybe they can use these ideas as a template and either improve or modify their notes to make more sense of them to use in the future.

Okay here is my disclaimer. I personally am just a recreational Jiu Jitsu practitioner. There are far more knowledgeable people all around the world that I respect and learn from and you should to.

Anything that is used here must be taken with a grain of salt (so to speak) as there are many ways to move and execute in Jiu Jitsu. I am by no means an authority. Secondly Jiu Jitsu is a ‘contact’ sport so speak and injuries do happen. Even though Jiu Jitsu is called “The Gentle Art” it is often anything but gentle. Injuries do happen so be warned. Tap early and tap often.

Anyhow I hope this is a useful Blog for those in the Jiu Jitsu community that need a way to organize their thoughts and learn new moves.