Caio Terra Seminar Review

Prof. Brian Ruscio with 10 time World Champion, Caio Terra
Prof. Brian Ruscio with 10 time World Champion, Caio Terra
Prof. Brian Ruscio with 10 time World Champion, Caio Terra

I just got back from the Caio Terra No Gi Seminar in Titusville.  The very first technique was a variation I hadn’t seen before.  It was a great experience from the very beginning.  Caio Terra is a 10 time World Jiu Jitsu Champion that fights at rooster weight and walks around at about 130 lbs.  Being smaller, he is a huge advocate of proper technique over strength or speed.

Caio says that the guys and girls that have the easiest time doing and learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques are the ones that he also sees performing the Jiu Jitsu specific warmups before classes.

 

 

 

Caio focused on the Guillotine Choke specifically and how to grip in a way that it is “unbreakable”.  Using this “unbreakable” grip, the guillotine can be used to not only submit an opponent, but also to recover guard or get on top when needed.  We also reviewed how Caio  transitions into another Guillotine, Brabo Choke, or D’arce Choke once on top position.  We also reviewed common defenses and counters.  At the end we had some Q&A in which Caio Terra reviewed the Single Leg X, and also his variation on a footlock from De La Riva Guard.  We will be reviewing Caio Terra’s Guillotine Series of techniques at Grappling Mastery this week.

Caio Terra Seminar 2015
Caio Terra Seminar 2015

Indian Deathlock Submission from Reverse Half Guard

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The Indian Deathlock is a Catch Wrestling Submission that can be set up from man positions.  Here, Professor Brian Ruscio demonstrates a setup for this painful submission from a Reverse Half Guard position gained from passing the De La Riva Guard.  Also in this video is a way to switch from Reverse Half Guard to the Mount Position.

Knee Slice Decompression Submission vs. De La Riva Guard

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Here is a Knee Slice/Decompression style submission and pass that can be used against the De La Riva Guard.  De La Riva is an effective Guard used in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Knee Slice Pass vs. De La Riva Guard

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Here is a Knee Slice Pass with or without an underhook against the De La Riva Guard.  De La Riva can be an effective Guard and some athletes revolve their guard game around this position.

What are the Basic Positions and ways to Score Points in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)?

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The philosophy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu positioning is to improve your position while preventing your opponents from improving theirs.  “Position BEFORE Submission” is the mantra.  Most positioning revolves around use of the legs. Points are scored when we improve our position and are also explained below. There are many variations, however the most basic positions are as follows:

  1. Takedown (2 points)
  2. Guard (no points, however we can avoid the 2 point takedown if we “Pull Guard”)
  3. Mount (4 points)
  4. Side Control (3 points for passing the opponents Guard to this position)
  5. Back Control (4 points)
  6. Half Guard (no points, prevents opponent from scoring 3 points for passing)
  7. Passing the Guard (3 points) (additional points can be scored from “Knee on Belly” and “Mount”)
  8. Advantage Points (can be scored with takedown attempts, submission attempts, sweep and passing attempts, dominant top half guard, and forcing an opponent to turtle.

Here is a video reviewing the basic positions in BJJ.  These positions are also important aspects of MMA and Self Defense in addition to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Stayed tuned for future videos when we will show more advanced positions in detail including: