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How To Get The Back In Lasso Guard Using Arm Drag With Marcos Tinoco

How To Get The Back In Lasso Guard Using Arm Drag With Marcos Tinoco


Lasso to Arm Drag Back Take by Marcos Tinoco

In the world of competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Marcos Tinoco, also known as Tinoco or “Lekinho,” is a living legend in a generation of super star grapplers. Tinoco is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under legendary Marcelo Garcia. Tinoco is also a member of the multiple world champion winning team Alliance, based out of New York in the United States. He is a former pupil of Jaurez Soares in Brazil, and started to make a name for himself after he won important professional tournaments such as the world championships and the New York Pro as a brown belt.  The list of Tinoco’s achievements is quite impressive. Some of his main accomplishments are: CBJJ Brazilian Champion (2018), IBJJF European Open Champion (2018, 2017), IBJJF Pan American No Gi Champion (2018, 2015), IBJJF New York Summer Open Champion (2017), IBJJF Worlds 2nd Place (2017), IBJJF World No Gi 2nd Place (2018, 2016), IBJJF New York Summer Open 2nd Place (2017), and IBJJF Worlds 3rd Place (2018).

Simplify and slow down the game by utilizing the Lasso Guard system Marcos uses against the best grapplers in the world.


As one of the most accomplished IBJJF black belt competitors, Marcos is infamous for his lasso guard. Today Marcos is here to demonstrate one of his most used techniques in competition, the lasso to arm drag back take. Watch the video below in which Marcos Tinoco will demonstrate this lasso to arm drag back take and then we will break down his technique. Check it out now!

Marcos Tinoco starts off this demonstration using an open guard with both his feet in his training partner’s hips. He uses two gi sleeve grips to control his opponent’s arms. His feet provide him the ability to maintain or adjust his distance. In this case, Tinoco wants to create a little space. He does this by pushing away with his feet while controlling the arms of his opponent from inside his legs. His goal is to get up on his hip to set his lasso. Remember it is very important to always keep your foot on your opponent’s hip in order to keep him away from you. This is a small detail but crucial when playing lasso guard. When you set your lasso, it is a very common reaction for your opponent to move one of his legs back and away. He will do this in order to keep the lasso around his arm loose. It will not be effective for you to continue to chase your opponent to retain your lasso guard. Instead you want to let it go. Obviously now you do not have the proper position to sweep your opponent. But that is okay. Switch your grip so you can pull your leg out from the lasso guard and use that momentum of rocking your leg to sit up and come into your training partner. This movement allows you to get all the way around to your opponent’s back. From here you want to get your seat belt grip. You can sit back and set your hook, forcing your training partner to give you his back.

As you can probably already tell, this is a really cool technique for a few reasons. First of all, lasso guard is an excellent guard but it takes a long time to master. How many of us have set the lasso only for it to be easily countered? It can be a little tricky when you roll with a guy who has more experience defending against the lasso guard. Because of this, often times you will end up in a situation where there is too much space and you no longer have the connectivity needed to sweep your opponent. In a situation like this, it is likely you will end up in a scramble unless you have another position you can reliably get into. Or, if you are a good lasso player, you can totally fake your training partner into thinking they finally figured out how to pass you as you instead expose their back.

Once you get to the back, the realm of possibilities is endless. Keep in mind that having your opponent’s back is one of the best advantages you can have in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. There are so many options for chokes that your training partner will likely go into a frenzy trying to protect their neck. In conclusion, this lasso to arm drag back take is a great technique to have in your arsenal, whether or not you have a lasso guard player. Remember this one the next time you are training on the mats in a live roll, or in a competition. Your opponent will not see it coming, and you will give yourself a great advantage when it comes to following through and retaining dominant positions.

The Complete Lasso Guard System – From The Best Lasso Guard Player On Earth.  3x World Medalist Marcos Tinoco Shows You How To Never Have Your Guard Passed & How To Create Instant Offense. The Lasso Is The Toughest Guard In The Gi To Pass - You Need To Learn This.

So what makes the lasso guard so great? It’s a great position for the bottom person because you can use your leg to hook inside of your opponent, letting you control their posture, distance, and angles of attack all at the same time. You force them to fight on your terms, and that keeps you in control of the action. At every tournament, fighters are using the lasso to control and win, and now you can join in by learning from one of the best in the game today. Tinoco’s sweeps and submissions are some of the cleanest technique on the scene, and he shows everything across these three volumes.

Refine Your Guard Down To the Most Effective Attacks From Lasso Guard




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