How To Smash Your Opponent In BJJ Like "Cyborg" Abreu
Do You Want To Brutalize Your Opponent Like "Cyborg" Abreu? Well, In Order To Do So You Need To Flow Like The Big Guy Himself...
Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu is one of the most accomplished grapplers on the planet. As a black belt competitor and instructor originating from the Nova Geracao Team, Cyborg has a long list of accolades. For a bigger guy, he sure does know how to flow around his opponent. His ability to move so effortlessly allows him to attack submissions from many different angles, taking as many turns as he wants to move before his training partner gets a chance to do anything. At age 38, the 240 pound “Cyborg” prefers to focus on movement in jiu jitsu over specific techniques. This type of approach to grappling has made Cyborg a world class competitor. Some of his most recent achievements are ADCC Champion in 2013, IBJJF World Masters Champion in 2018, IBJJF World No Gi champ in 2017, Grappling Pro Champion in 2016, and many, many more.
Flow rolling can be one of the greatest tools for learning and exploring jiu jitsu. This is a perfect time to explore new technique and concepts. Flowing is the art of movement. By focusing on the movement during your flow rolls, you will dramatically improve your game.
Cyborg is also considered one of the best grappling instructors in the world. He has produced several talented grapplers such as Jake Mackenzie, Ricardo Rezende, and Hunter Edward amongst others. If you want grapple like the best, then you should be exploring the techniques of guys like Cyborg. If you did not already know he has a great instructional series called, “Flow: The Top Game” available exclusively on BJJFanatics.com! Roberto’s techniques can turn even the clumsiest heavy weight into an incredibly fluid grappler. Interested in what type of techniques Cyborg shares in this series? Let’s check out a couple of them!
#1: Knee on Neck Control by Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu
The neck on neck is a sometimes controversial position (and choke) where you place your knee on your opponent’s neck. It is a very brutal way of controlling or submitting your opponent, making it a very effective submission. Sometimes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu players think that knee on neck control comes down to brute strength, but there is actually a lot of technique behind it. Watch the video below of Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu demonstrating knee on neck and then we will break down the technique. Check it out now!
From top side control position, Roberto first establishes control over his opponent with an arm behind the neck and using his other arm to grip the gi at the waist. Cyborg knows that when he pops up into knee on belly his opponent’s reaction will be to place his hand on the knee and try to push it off his stomach. Whenever he feels this happening, Cyborg opens his arm and slides his knee onto the neck.
To hit the choke, simply pressure down with your knee and your opponent will tap. You can switch back and forth between knee on neck and knee on belly if your opponent is trying to escape and you are having trouble finishing the choke. Not only will this be incredibly uncomfortable for your opponent but it will also tire them out. Pull your opponent’s head up to really tighten things up if you training partner still does not tap.
#2: De La Riva Leg Smash Pass by Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu
If there is one thing Cyborg is notorious for it is his high level smash passing. Cyborg uses pressure to grind away at his opponent, making it as uncomfortable as possible. This is pretty evident in Cyborg’s De La Riva leg smash pass. Let us take a look at it. Check out the video below and then we will break down Roberto’s de la riva leg smash pass technique!
Typically when you are in de la riva, your training opponent has one foot in your thigh, one leg wrapped around your leg, and a cross collar grip. Controlling your posture is very important. You never want your head to be leaning forward, so make sure to sit back a little bit to strengthen your base. Now you can work towards breaking your opponent’s collar grip. Using both hands grab your opponent’s gi sleeve and force the arms out and away from your body. Then take your outside hand and control under your training partner’s calf with a gi pant grip. Remove your opponent’s foot from your hip and establish a cross collar grip. Now simply step back to break your opponent’s contact. In this position you can now pass the knee by pushing it under your arm pit. Now you control your opponent’s body with your legs which allow you to push them to the side. Doing so will allow you to effectively pressure pass your training partner’s de la riva guard.
As you can tell from Cyborg’s demonstration, there are a lot of little details that go into making these techniques really effective. If you love to smash your opponent like a heavy weight then you will love “Flow: The Top Game By Roberto ‘Cyborg’ Abreu.” Keep these principles in mind the next time you are looking for an effective way to smash your opponents. I hope you find these techniques useful the next time you are on the mats.