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Have You Seen This Butterfly Pass From The Crafty Yuri Simoes?

Have You Seen This Butterfly Pass From The Crafty Yuri Simoes?

Butterfly Cradle To Back Take by Yuri Simoes

Who is Yuri Simoes? He is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Ricardo Vieira. Yuri is widely regarded as one of the greatest grapplers in modern grappling.  Simoes began making waves in the lower ranks of Jiu Jitsu with wins in the IBJJF Mundial, World No-Gi Championship, and European Open.  He has continued his brilliant career as a black belt. He is a two time ADCC Champion. Yuri also has claimed multiple time IBJJF World Champions. During the course of his career he has overcome injury and adversity to bring glory to the Caio Terra BJJ in the world’s most prestigious tournaments.

At the age of 9, Simoes was introduced to Jiu Jitsu by his father.  One of Yuri’s first instructors was Mauricio Behring. When Behring was tragically murdered in 2006, Yuri was able conquer his grief and eventually started to train under Ricardo Vieira. It was under Ricardo’s careful tutelage that Yuri earned his purple, brown and black belts. Eventually Simoes would move to Caio Terra’s association.

Yuri has an impressive grappling resume. He is the 2015 and 2017 ADCC Champion. In 2009 and 2011 he won the IBJJF World Champion for purple and brown belts.  He took gold at the IBJJF World No-Gi Champion in 2011 at brown belt then in 2014 and 2016 at black belt.  Simoes had an impressive showing IBJJF Pan American Champion by taking gold in 2012 and 2014. His accomplishments at lower ranks are also amazing.  In 2010 and 2011 he won the IBJJF European Open for purple and brown belt respectively. As a junior, he won the IBJJF South American Champion.

Yuri Simoes has a secret formula in no gi grappling that has not only allowed him to take down and pass the best guards in the world but simultaneously shutdown the best leg attack games.


In addition to his impressive grappling performances, he is also a hugely talented and sought after instructor. He travels the world conducting seminars. Additionally, his instructional videos for BJJ Fanatics are hugely successful.

In this video Yuri Simoes shares a nice back take when your opponent has butterfly guard.  He starts by threatening a guillotine. Yuri is not interested in the guillotine in this sequence. Rather, he is using the threat of a submission to advance his position. He connects his arm around the head and leg of his opponent. He claps his hands together to secure the cradle. Next Yuri uses his weight to drive his opponent to their side.  He steps one knee though his opponent’s legs to take position on his opponent’s back. Grapplers are crafty about defending the hooks on a back take. Simoes has a crafty counter to this defense. He swims the top arm in like you would on a harness. Instead of connecting his hands he grabs his bicep in what resembles a rear naked choke he uses his other hand to push his opponent’s arm out of the way thereby creating enough space for his hook.  Another important detail Yuri states is you can change the angle by going higher to help get the hook to enter.

This video is a wonderful example of Yuri’s ability to communicate technique to even novice grapplers.  Like all of Simoes’ instructional videos, there is a lot of detail. I know that I often gain new insights every time I re-watch one of his videos. Yuri Simoes’ instructional videos have a powerful impact on anyone who makes a careful study of them. Certainly, the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have him.

Yuri has faced the best of the best and been able to implement his game on almost everyone. Yuri Simoes has finally revealed his tried and true methods in his news series High Efficiency No Gi Jiu Jitsu: Top Game and it will accelerate your No Gi game tenfold!