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Finally Finish The Lapel Choke With Marco Barbosa

Finally Finish The Lapel Choke With Marco Barbosa


Finishing With Lapel Choke by Marco Barbosa

If you have never heard of Marco Barbosa before you surely will have seen or heard of one of his many students. Barbosa is one of the most popular coaches in Brazil. He is responsible for students such as Murilo Santana and comes from a lineage of all time greats including Mitsuyo Maeda,  Helio Gracie and Rickson Gracie. His academy “Barbosa Jiu Jitsu” in Sao Paulo, Brazil is a top of the line Jiu Jitsu and MMA School and has produced several high level competitors.

Born in the city of Bastos, Marco Barbosa started training Judo when he was just 13 years. When he reached the age of 18 he decided to become a professional competitor. Mr Umakeda, Barbosa’s Judo Master took him under his wing for the next three years. Barbosa did nothing from but, as Umakeda gave him a strict regime that paid off when Marco received his Judo black belt in 1986.

In 1995, Marco Barbosa started training jiu jitsu, joining the Companhia Atletica Paulista, led by Waldomiro Perez. With only fourth months of training, Barbosa entered his first competition as a purple belt. He placed second, and decided to continue pursuing jiu jitsu competition. As time went on Marco had continued success as both a competitor and an instructor, eventually decided to open his academy in Sao Paulo, where he remains today.

Chokes are the great equalizer in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and the lapel is a choking "weapon" you have at your disposal at all times. Travis Stevens has some slick and deadly lapel chokes that he's adapted from years of being a fierce Olympic Judo competitor


In this video Marco Barbosa will demonstrate how to submit an opponent with a lapel choke. Check out the video below and then we will discuss the technique.

Barbosa starts out with a high and tight side control on his opponent. He has got the arm trapped with his arm, and uses his knee and pressure to feed his arm through. From here Marco drives at the head of his opponent, his toes forward, ending up in a north south position. Notice how active his is with his hips, giving an immense amount of pressure to the guy on bottom. Now, he still has his opponent’s arm entangled, and has his own arm underneath, allowing him an arm triangle submission, or he can use the lapel to wrap his opponent with a neck choke. Barbosa’s opponent is completely stuck in this position, giving him no other option than to tap. Even if your training partner gets up to his knees you have complete control of his upper body, forcing him onto his back.

Marco Barbosa emphasizes movement and tight control to make this an effective lapel choke. He is never lazy with his position, always using his hips and chest to pressure the opponent. This is a great way to exploit your opponent’s gi. So give this one a shot the next time you are training! It is a very effective position to have in your arsenal.

2x US Olympian in Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under John Danager and 2x Copa Podio Finalist Travis Stevens shows his choking concepts, including lapel chokes, which blend his mastery as an Olympic Judoka and his BJJ Black Belt under the great John Danaher.  Travis shows the most common places people get stuck and how you can overcome them.  This program is a very easy and quick way to improve your BJJ Game.



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