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Learn a Quick Sit Up Guard Sweep With Cobrinha

Learn a Quick Sit Up Guard Sweep With Cobrinha


Rubens Cobrinha Quick Sweep From The Sit Up Guard

Rubens Maciel, aka “Cobrinha” is a high level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor with many years of professional experience. Many people in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu scene consider Cobrinha the best feather weight for over a decade. He is considered one of the all time best pound for pound BJJ competitors in the world. Rubens earned his BJJ black belt from Fernando “Terere” Augusto and is a member of Alliance Jiu Jitsu. Cobrinha has won six world championship titles at black belt in the feather weight category. He started training BJJ in 2000 and received his black belt in only five years.  Rubens is best known for his attack methods in jiu jitsu as well as his guard. As lead instructor at his own school, Cobrinha BJJ in Los Angeles, California, Rubens has taught many notable students, including Fabricio Werdum. Cobrinha was voted competitor of the year in 2008 by Gracie magazine. He has medaled in every World Jiu Jitsu championship he has competed in – a total of ten.

You know who else as a nasty sit up guard? Lucas Lepri.


Today we are going to look at Cobrinha’s quick sweep from the sit up guard method. Watch the video below and then we will break down the technique. Check it out!

Cobrinha starts this demonstration in De La Riva guard. First he establishes his grips using one hand to get a sleeve grip, and grabbing the gi pants at the ankle on the side of his opponent where he has his hook set. His other leg is in his opponent’s thigh. He pushes on his opponent’s thigh, causing him to take a step backwards. From here Cobrinha uses his De La Riva hook to act as a pendulum to swing his body weight upwards into a sitting position. Now he brings his opponent’s leg close to him, grabbing around the back of the knee, switching the wrist grip over to this hand. After doing this Cobrinha has a free hand to grab his opponent’s collar, pulling on him and breaking down his posture. From here all you have to do is push your training partner over to his side and you will be able to come up and over, completing the sweep from the sit up guard.

This is a powerful and highly effective sweep that is also pretty simple! If you are a De La Riva guard player this is a great tool to have in your arsenal. The key details in this move are first establishing your grips, using the pushing and pulling leg and sleeve grip motion to force your opponent to step back, switching your grip to your other hand and finishing the sweep from there. Try this one the next time you are practicing De La Riva guard! It could an effective way of sweeping your training partner.

Lucas Lepri is one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters in the world and is know for his sit up guard. He has a DVD series where Lucas walks you through his competition proven sit-up guard system for all different scenarios. If you are a fan of great solid jiu jitsu, you don't want to be without this position!



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