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Learn The Crucifix and The Loop Choke For BJJ From Alexandre Vieira

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Crucify Even The Toughest Guys In Your Gym!

Alex Vieira is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Murilo Bustamante. As a representative of the BTT academy, Alex is known for working extensively with Master Paulo Mauricio Strauch. Vieira is a very accomplished competitor, with notable achievements at black belt level such as UAEJJF Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro No Gi Champion, IBJJF Rio Fall Int. Open 2nd Place, ADCC SP Trials 2nd Place, ADCC RJ Trials 3rd Place, ACB JJ World No Gi Championship 3rd Place, CBJJ Brasileiro No Gi Championship 3rd Place, and UAEJJF Grand Slam Tokyo Championship 3rd Place.

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Most people know Alex for his crucifix, however he is also notorious for having a strong loop choke submission. Alex has a great instructional series called “The Crucifix and Loop Choke” available exclusively on BJJFanatics.com. His instructional series is packed with tons of high level information on setting up attacks from the crucifix, and one of the easiest submissions to get in BJJ, the loop choke. Let’s check out some of Alex’s technique for both the crucifix and the loop choke. Here we go!

Loop Choke From Top Split Guard by Alexandre Vieira

Whenever Alex is playing someone with an open guard, he likes to set up this loop choke by giving his training partner a little bit of space and making him think he is going to hit a sweep. Alex steps in with his leg in between his training partner’s legs. When his opponent attacks he leg he secures a cross collar lapel grip. This allows Alex to easily wrap his arm around his opponent’s head in order to hit a choke. In a case where his opponent’s head is already inside and tight against his leg, he will push against his head, grab his chin, and come under his arm pit to kill all the space. Now he can easy grab behind his opponent’s knee and push him over, using his elbow to apply pressure on the ribs to finish the choke. As you can tell this is a very effective way of dealing with an opponent from top split guard.

Reverse Half Guard Loop Choke by Alexandre Vieira

This is a loop choke you can hit when you are in your opponent’s reverse half guard. In this case your opponent has your hips and your reverse leg to try and sweep you. Alex crosses his forearm on his opponent’s neck, but he does not use a lot of pressure. He puts his elbow on the floor to post and then feeds the lapel with his other hand. Alex gives his opponent space to try to turn and sweep him. When his training partner comes up, Alex now has the perfect set up for the loop choke but stuffing the head inside his arm. He has to get his legs in between his opponent’s legs in order to prevent him from escaping the choke. To finish the choke Vieira simply squeezes with his elbow to tighten up the choke, causing his training partner to tap.

Crucifix from Back with Hooks by Alexandre Vieira

This is a great technique for hitting the crucifix from back control when your hooks are set. Typically you will be in a hand battle with your opponent as he tries to protect his neck from being choked. Alex prefers to sit back so his opponent is lying on top of him. He uses one hand to control his training partner’s wrist and the other than to wrap around the neck as if going for a choke. With this position Alex can move to his side and fake an attack on his opponent. This will cause his training partner to pull his hands down. This movement allows Alex to take the arm of his training partner and capture it with his legs. Once your training partners arm comes down you want to bring your leg up and over to hook it. Make sure your foot is hooking on the outside of your training partner’s hips. This is a minor detail, but very important. It allows your opponent to free himself to the opposite side... or so he thinks. In reality this sets him up exactly into the crucifix position.

I am sure by now you probably have a better understanding of just how high level Alexandre Vieira’s techniques are when it comes to hitting the loop choke or the crucifix. If you liked this technique then I definitely recommend checking out Alex’s instructional series called “The Crucifix and Loop Choke” available exclusively on BJJFanatics.com. The crucifix is a powerful position to find yourself in, and having the loop choke as a submission should be in every grappler’s arsenal, no matter your level of experience. So be sure to give these techniques a try the next time you are on the mats! You never know just when they will come in use.

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So What is Alexandre’s secret? It is a game centered around a modern and unique approach to the crucifix position and a loop choke he locks on out of nowhere.   He is always looking to finish and in his victories he has a 100% finish rate!  That is positively unheard of!!!  He’s either gonna choke you out or lose J - This Murilo Bustamante black belt is responsible for some of the slickest submission victories we have seen lately. Now you have the chance the learn why.

Take every position and leave no doubt, as you learn how to attack like Alexandre Vieira. Force people into your game, as you take a modern and updated approach to a classic control, and improve your gi chokes dramatically with these tips and techniques. We’ve taken one of the most dynamic and creative jiu-jitsu styles in the world and recorded it across a 3-video set that is guaranteed to level up your ground game. What are you waiting for?

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