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Master The Crucifix From Back With Alexandre Vieira
Crucifix from Back with Hooks by Alexandre Vieira
When you think of some of the best and most accomplished grapplers in this generation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu stars you will often mention Alexandre Vieira. Alex Vieira is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Murilo Bustamante. He is also known for working extensively with Master Paulo Mauricio Strauch. Alex is a top representative of the BTT academy in the international Brazilian Jiu Jitsu circuit. Vieira is known for having a unique style of grappling and is a well accomplished grappler. Some of his greatest achievements are: UAEJJF Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro No Gi Champion (2016), IBJJF Rio Fall Int. Open 2nd Place (2015), ADCC SP Trials 2nd Place (2015), ADCC RJ Trials 3rd Place (2015), ACB JJ World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2017), CBJJ Brasileiro No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2016), and UAEJJF Grand Slam Tokyo Championship 3rd Place (2017).
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Most people know Alex for his loop chokes, however he is also notorious for the crucifix. You can learn to develop a dangerous set of attacks using the crucifix. The crucifix position is a ground grappling position that involves being perpendicularly behind the opponent, chest against back, and controlling the opponent's arms. One of the opponent's arms is controlled using the legs, and the other using the arms, hence effectively putting the opponent in a position resembling a crucifix. This position allows for elbow strikes to the head, or if the opponent is wearing a gi, it allows for a collar strangle called the crucifix choke. Today Alex Vieira will demonstrate to us how he likes to get a crucifix from the back using his hooks. This is a very powerful technique, and one that you definitely want to learn. Watch the video below of Alex demonstrating the technique and then we will break it down. Check it out now!
Alex starts out this demonstration as if he has taken his opponent’s back and has his hooks set. Usually in this position it becomes a 2 handed battle between you and your opponent. You have both hands to attack your opponent with and he has two hands to defend with. Typically you will be looking for neck chokes, as well as controlling your training partner’s wrists and arms. Alex Vieira likes to sit back so his opponent is laying on top of him, and he will use 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.
What makes this technique really cool is just how much trickery is involved. From the back, the most obvious thing your training partner is looking to defend is the neck choke. You can use this knowledge from the start to fake your opponent, and exploit their naturally instinct to defend the choke. It gets even more deceptive when you set your hook on the outside of their hips to allow them to pass into the crucifix. This is a really impressive technique, and one that your opponent is never going to see coming. As I said earlier, you will definitely want to practice this one a couple times and have it in your arsenal. You never know when it just might be handy. I hope you found this technique useful and I hope you consider playing with it the next time you are on the mats in a live roll or in competition. Big ‘thank you’ to Alexandre Vieira for demonstrating this technique for us here today!
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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?