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Have You Seen This Sneaky Submission From The Scissor Sweep?

Have You Seen This Sneaky Submission From The Scissor Sweep?

Scissor Sweep - Triangle Combo by Tom DeBlass

Who is Tom DeBlass? Tom DeBlass is many things. He is one of the most sought after instructors in the grappling world right now.  He is a world class grappler and former mixed martial artist. He is an exceptional instructor. He has a huge social media following from his technique breakdowns and advice on relationships, transformation, adversity and training.  Tom DeBlass is many things and world class in all of them.

Tom has many accomplishments in grappling and mixed martial arts. He has fought in both the UFC and Bellator. He is a 3x ADCC veteran, Fight To Win Pro Main Event Winner, 2016 ADCC North American Champion,2016 ADCC American Nationals Absolute Champion, ADCC NY Super Fight Champion,2015 Black Belt World No Gi Masters and Absolute Champion, 2014 ADCC North American Champion, 2013 Black Belt No Gi Pan American Champion, 2013 Black Belt No Gi Worlds Bronze Medal, 2009 ADCC North American Champion, 2009 Black Belt No Gi Worlds Bronze Medal, 2007 Brown Belt No Gi Worlds Champion, 2007 Brown Belt Pan American Champion, 2007 Brown Belt American Nationals Champion, 6X Grappler’s Quest Expert Champion and member of the New Jersey Martial Artist Hall of Fame.

DeBlass’ education and teaching ability is also exceptional. Tom earned his black belt from legendary ADCC and MMA veteran Ricardo Almeida in just over six years. There are many testaments to his exceptional teaching ability. His first black belt is the great Garry Tonon. Gordon Ryan is Tonon’s first black belt. Tom is a former elementary school special education teacher. This experience has honed his ability to take complex concepts and make them understandable to even the novice grapplers. Another testament to his teaching ability is his academy Ocean County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has over 350 students and 20 black belts. Additionally he has an empire of affiliates around the world.

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It is also worth noting the Tao of Tom’s social media presence. He has many great quotes from training to adversity, transformation and life.  Here is a great quote from Tom on transformation, “The last 4 weeks I have dedicated to changing myself. Every day I have been praying, asking God to help me in the areas of life where I struggle. Regardless how successful you may think you are, there is always so much room for improvement, always. I am nowhere close to where I want to be, but every day I am getting better. It is a conscious effort that I must put in, but I feel myself becoming a better person.”



In this video Tom uses the scissors sweep as a staging position for either a triangle or single leg. Tom starts the video by explaining the higher you go in Jiu Jitsu, it is unrealistic to expect the first or second technique to work. Tom continues that often at the higher levels it is the 3rd or 4th technique that works. Tom starts in the traditional scissors sweep position from closed guard. He has one knee pushing against his opponent’s belly and one leg pulling with his hips brought out. Tom explains that the goal is to secure wrist control of the arm on the inside and elbow control of the arm on the outside. He often starts with a two on one grip as a precursor to the next grip. Once he has the grips secured it is a simple matter to bring your knee up and secure a triangle. If your opponent fights the submission then DeBlass advocates finishing the scissors sweep. Last, Tom suggest that if your opponent counters by bringing one leg out then simply take a single leg. Tom uses the danger of a sweep to set up a submission. It is a common theme of DeBlass, always having your opponent reacting to you and never letting your opponent is comfortable. Well done Mr. DeBlass!

This video is a fine example of Tom’s ability to breakdown technique and principles in a manner that is applicable to everyone from the white belt to black belt. Without a doubt, we can all refine our game with the information provided. Tom DeBlass is certainly many things. Beyond Jiu Jitsu technique, he sets an example on how to run an academy and our mindset for training, transformation, adversity and life in general. The Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have people like Tom DeBlass.


Tom DeBlass is one of the most accomplished grapplers on the planet. He uses closed guard to tap high level opponents. Learn his closed guard secrets and destroy your competition with concepts and techniques from this master class found at BJJ Fanatics!