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Beautiful Back Take From Closed Guard

Beautiful Back Take From Closed Guard

Raphael Carneiro Nasty Back Take From Closed Guard

Closed guard is a position we are all familiar with. To some BJJ players it can be seen as a lazy place to hang out, or used for stalling in competition. But closed guard done on a high level is actually a very dynamic guard, allowing you to set yourself up for sweeps, submissions, and escapes into more advantageous positions. With that in mind let us take a look at a nasty back take from closed guard by Coach Raphael Carneiro. If you do not know about Raphael Carneiro he is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Marco Antonio Barbose. Carneiro has been training BJJ for over 17 years, still competing in most of the main IBJJF tournaments such as Worlds, and both Europeans and International Opens. He is a remarkable coach who has produced several high level athletes.

Though simple in thought, gi chokes are really tough to finish. It's all about the grip. Judo players are known for their grips and chokes. Travis Stevens (Judo Olympian and BJJ Black Belt) is one of the leading experts on how to attack and submit your opponents with ease using gi chokes.

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Let’s watch Raphael demonstrate a nasty back take from closed guard and then we will break down the technique. Check out the video below!

Raphael starts off with a cross grip on his opponent’s sleeve at the wrist. He slides his hand under his opponent’s wrist, grabbing his own wrist. From here he pulls up to break his training partner’s grip. He then pushes his opponent’s hand under his own. As he pushes the hand under he uses his legs to break down his opponent’s posture, bringing him closer in. Now Raphael can reach around his back and grip under his training partner’s arm pit to trap him, so he can’t regain his posture. Carneiro then opens his guard and scoots out. Once his hip is escaped he used his leg in a pendulum like motion to get up on his side. He pulls his elbow back, using it to base as he reaches out for his lapel using the arm controlling his opponent’s back. When Carneiro gets the lapel grip he plants his foot on the ground, escapes his other foot by pulling it back, using it as his first hook. Then Raphael gets his second hook inside, and now has established good back control. Using a seat belt grip, he keeps his ear against his opponent’s ear. From here you can pull your opponent back to have his back with you on the floor.

As you train this back take from closed guard technique you will realize that taking your opponent’s back sets you up for a perfect neck choke submission. Having your opponent’s back is one of the best places you can end up, whether in a competitive match or a real life street fight scenario. So remember this one from Raphael Carneiro the next time you are looking for a quick opportunity to take your opponent’s back and submit him.  

2x US Olympian in Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under John Danager and one of the top "chokers" in the world. What makes his choking game so unique is the setups and grips he uses. Judo martial artists have the best grips for throws and chokes... because that's all they do. Take one of the best judo fighters in the world and combine it with his extensive BJJ experiene and knowledge and you get one of the best Jiu Jitsu DVD / On Demand Series out there: Chokes by Travis Stevens

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