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Pass The Butterfly Guard And Take Back With Yuri Simoes Butterfly Cradle

Pass The Butterfly Guard And Take Back With Yuri Simoes Butterfly Cradle


Yuri Simoes Butterfly Cradle To Back Take

In the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu the more unique your pass is the more effective it becomes. We often spend a lot of time learning how to defend. By doing this we grow a keen sense of when our training partner is about to pass and how they are going to do it. Passing opens up vulnerabilities in your attack game: if your opponent’s sees it coming, it is a chance opportunity for them to capitalize on the movement. So having a variety of passes at your disposal is a great way to make your jiu jitsu game more effective.

Yuri Simoes has a secret formula in no gi grappling that has not only allowed him to take down and pass the best guards in the world but simultaneously shutdown the best leg attack games.


Today we are going to look at a very unique pass: the butterfly cradle to back take by Yuri Simoes. Yuri is well known for incorporating his wrestling background into the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. But the crazy thing about Yuri is that he has never wrestled. He simply sees wrestling as an effective way to pass, and therefore uses popular wrestling and catch wrestling passes. Watch the video below in which Yuri Simoes shows a cradle to counter the butterfly guard and ends with a back take. Then we will break down the technique below. Check it out!

Yuri Simoes starts out in his opponent’s butterfly guard. Sometimes what he likes to do in this position is pull his training partner’s head down and threaten the guillotine choke. By establishing head arm and leg control you immediately begin to dominate your opponent. What Yuri does from here is use his arm and body weight to move away from his training partner, breaking down his posture, putting him on his side and making his butterfly guard completely ineffective. There is an important detail right here and it is to keep your opponent’s knees together, making it easy to step over the legs so that you have access to the back. From here you are looking to get your arm under your opponent’s head to trap his arm, giving you access to take his back. A lot of the time, simply closing the seat belt grip will not working. By going all the way around his neck and arm you secure a rear naked choke on his elbow. From here you can set your hooks and take your training partners.

This is a highly effective pass due to the way you break down your opponent’s posture from butterfly guard and systematically work around to his back. Notice that Yuri controls his training partner’s head the entire time he is doing this pass. That is a crucial detail which keeps you from exposing yourself accidentally to a counter attack. By using pressure, and covering all escape routes you make it nearly impossible for an opponent to defend. Great stuff by Yuri Simoes, make sure to remember this one the next time you are rolling!

Yuri Simoes doesn’t mess around when he grapples... he takes his opponent down, he passes, he submits. He has 2 ADCC Championship Gold Medals – which are the equivalent to 2 Gold medals at the Olympics of Grappling, held only every two years.

Yuri has faced the best of the best and been able to implement his game on almost everyone. Yuri Simoe’s has finally revealed his tried and true methods in his news series High Efficiency No Gi Jiu Jitsu: Top Game and it will accelerate your No Gi game tenfold!




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