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The omoplata shoulder lock might be the most versatile submission in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It's origins can be traced to the past through judo and catch wrestling and it's prominence in sport jiu jitsu did not come about until the late 1990's.  The classic 'old school' omoplata is typically given cursory attention in our first few months of BJJ as part of the 'closed guard' game that most people do their best to hasten through rushing towards moves that are either flashier or the current flavor of the month, or both. The closed guard is a position that should be...

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