Romulo Barral Lets You In On All Of His Secrets
Learn These 3 Amazing Techniques From Romulo Barral
If you did not already know, Romulo Barral is one of the top grapplers in the world. Romulo is a 5 time IBJJF Black Belt World Champion, who is known for his incredible guard play. Barral is one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters in the Meio Pesado weight division. He has maintained his status as a world class black belt throughout his competitive career at all of the major Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments. Barral has even earned himself a place on BJJ Hereos ‘Top 10 Competitors of All Time’ list. Some of Barral’s most notable achievements are ADCC Champion, IBJJF World Champion, IBJJF World Masters Champion, IBJJF Pan American Champion, IBJJF European Open Champion, CBJJ Brazilian National Champion, and more.
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Originally from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Barral has since moved to the United States where he coaches full time at his jiu jitsu academy. He spends every day doing what he loves, and is always striving to learn more and stay in top competitive form.
Romulo has just released a great new instructional series on BJJFanatics.com called “The Everyday Porrada Spider Guard.” When it comes to spider guard, Barral is an expert. His battle tested techniques are something every BJJ player should have in their arsenal. If you like spider guard, then definitely check out these 3 amazing techniques from Romulo Barral!
#1: Double Under Guard Recover
A common defense to spider guard is stacking. If you love playing spider guard, it is likely you have delt with this problem before. Getting stacked is a dangerous position to be in. It leaves you defenseless and vulnerable to submissions. When you face a taller opponent they can usually posture up and break down your grips. To counter this, Barral recommends shooting your legs up quickly in order to prevent your training partner from posturing up. Remember, you do not want to hang out in this position for too long. You should use the momentum of your counter to off balance your opponent and recover your guard. As you can tell, this is a very simple recovery for a very common problem.
Typically though, things will not be this simple. If you drop to recover your guard and your opponent takes double under hooks on your thighs then do not worry. Just maintain your grips and keep in mind that your legs are always stronger than your opponent’s arms. Your legs should be heavy on top of your opponent’s arms which will allow you to move backwards with your shoulders. It is likely your opponent will try to regain his double under hooks, connecting his hands in an attempt to smash pass your guard. When your opponent’s hands are connected he has a much stronger grip around your legs. So keep your legs heavy and move your shoulders back in order to prevent this. Doing so will give you time to recover your guard.
#2: Inside Reverse De La Riva Hook Sweep
The De La Riva Hook sweep is a very simple sweep from the reverse de la riva guard. This technique is all about timing. In this technique, Romulo uses a spider guard and switches his base to attack the leg. He brings his opposite leg through and hooks it behind his opponent’s leg. This hook will allow him to off balance his opponent. Now he extends his leg upwards which causes his training partner to lean into him. At the same time he is doing this, Romulo is also punching his opponent’s arm in between his legs. Notice his training partner is now completely off balance. All Romulo has to do from here is roll through, keeping his leg up, as he secures top mount on his opponent.
#3: Over Under Defense
The over under pass can be difficult to defend. In a situation where your guard is being passed this way there is actually a great way to defend, which Romulo demonstrates here. Typically you will see someone try to push away their opponent at a bad angle to try to free their legs. Instead of pushing your opponent’s head in the direction he is trying to pass, Romulo pushes the head from the opposite side away from his body. Now he can sit up which prevents his opponent from passing his guard. As soon as your opponent tries to pull their head out you can recover your guard and secure your grips.
This is really impressive stuff from Romulo Barral! What I like the most about these techniques is that they do not require a lot of impressive flexibility or athleticism. Anyone can use these simple yet effective techniques to improve their game. So give these a shot the next time you are in a live roll and if you are looking for more spider guard techniques then be sure to check out Romulo Barral’s “The Everyday Porrada Spider Guard” instructional series!
The Greatest Spider Guard Player In History: 36 Year Old Romulo Barral Shows All Of The Tricks, Hacks & Techniques That Allow Him To Dominate Bigger, Stronger, Faster & Much Younger Guys With This Unstoppable Guard
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