Unorthodox Submissions from Back Control

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy

Here are two slick submissions from the Back.  Everyone is expecting the Rear Naked Choke. Wait until you pull off one of these!

Marcelo Garcia’s Last Seminar?

Marcelo Garcia Seminar Team Picture
Prof. Brian Ruscio with Marcelo Garcia at his "Last Seminar"
Prof. Brian Ruscio with Marcelo Garcia
Professor Brian Ruscio with Master Ricardo Liborio, founder of American Top Team
Professor Brian Ruscio with Master Ricardo Liborio

Marcelo Garcia doesn’t do seminars anymore, only private lessons.  However, American Top Team Founder, Ricardo Liborio was able to get him to do one more seminar this last Sunday, May 1st, 2016.  There were over 100 participants, over 40 of which were BJJ Black Belts.  The techniques covered were classic Marcelo Garcia and some great strategies were shared.  Liborio plans on bringing in big Jiu Jitsu and MMA names to the Orlando area once per month.  You can bet on us being at the next one.  Never Stop Improving!

BJJ Technique: X-Guard Position

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The X-Guard is an advanced guard that has become a strong game for some Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters, like Marcelo Garcia.  The videos below will demonstrate some possibilities from the x-guard.  X-Guard is starting to become a lost or forgotten guard as single leg x and deep half become more popular, but it can still be used very effectively.

Submission Wrestling and No Gi BJJ Classes

NAGA Pan-American No Gi Expert Masters Champion, Brian Ruscio

Submission Wrestling, also known as “No Gi” is most similar to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but without the use of the Gi. Athletes simply wear shorts and a rash guard (Under Armour). Submission Wrestling uses joint locks, holds, and chokes, to overcome an opponent. Some other differences are that many times rules are less strict on footlocks and other techniques. Grappling Mastery’s curriculum includes many of these otherwise “illegal” techniques, making it a great style for self defense as well. Like BJJ, Submission Wrestling teaches balance, leverage, flexibility, and coordination. It will teach you how to transition your body in a fight into effective positions and get out of potentially bad ones. It is highly effective for self defense and was developed with bigger stronger opponents in mind and teaching you how to use leverage and technique to your advantage. No Gi is usually more desirable for a potential MMA fighter to study since he/she will not be wearing a Gi in their fight in addition to the fact that some techniques that are illegal in BJJ are not illegal in MMA. These techniques are taught in our No Gi Classes.

Because there is no Gi or belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Ranks do not apply to Submission Wrestling. Athletes are usually categorized by years of experience and classified as Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advance, or Expert.

Undefeated in No Gi Submission Grappling competitions, Coach Brian Ruscio is the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Pan-American Expert Champion.


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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

Jeff Glover Seminar Review

Jeff Glover Seminar

Jeff Glover is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt with wins over 7-time World BJJ Black Belt Champion, Caio Terra and a submission win over 6-time BJJ Black Belt World Champion, Robson Moura at the 2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship. Jeff Glover is known for his unique and often humorous grappling style and personality.  Jeff performed a seminar in Orlando, Florida and Professor Brian Ruscio had the opportunity to attend.

BJJ Black Belts Brian Ruscio and Jeff Glover
BJJ Black Belts Brian Ruscio and Jeff Glover

The seminar began with Jeff Glover introducing himself in an expectedly humorous way.  He had two major things to point out before he began showing some great techniques and strategies.

  1. Even though he has no problem finding great training partners at nearby schools where he lives, he pointed out that his main focus is making his teammates into great training partners.  If you see a teammate performing even one detail wrong, correct them and that will go far in making everyone on your team very good.
  2. Everybody is different and has their own game.  Some are have strong, powerful bodies while others have strong, powerful minds.  Some have both.  Adopt moves and techniques that work for your own body and personality.  Create a style that is your own.  What are you doing that is different than everyone else?

The techniques taught were based on the Deep Half Guard, the Guillotine Choke, and the Triangle Choke.

Jeff Glover demonstrating a Deep Half Guard Drill with Brian Ruscio
Jeff Glover demonstrating a Deep Half Guard Drill with Brian Ruscio

Deep Half Guard:

  1. Getting to Half Guard from various positions
  2. Over the Falls
  3. Out the Back Door
  4. Coming up on the Single
  5. Deep Half Counters

See Professor Brian Ruscio winning the NAGA Pan-American Expert Light Heavyweight Division using a Toe-Hold from Deep Half Guard


Jeff Glover demonstrating an Arm in Guillotine with Brian Ruscio
Jeff Glover demonstrating an Arm in Guillotine with Brian Ruscio


  1. One Handed Guillotine
  2. Arm in Guillotine
  3. Guillotine Setup and Finish Strategies

Triangle Choke

  1. Setting up the Triangle Choke Strategies
Jeff Glover Orlando Florida Seminar
Jeff Glover Orlando Florida Seminar

We will be reviewing the techniques demonstrated over the next couple weeks here at Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA.


Technique: Double-Legged Omoplata Submission from Turtle Guard

BJJ Black Belt, Brian Ruscio

Here is an unorthodox way to simultaneously escape RNC and Clock Chokes from Turtle Guard while potentially locking in an Omoplata (Shoulder Lock) Submission in Gi or No Gi.

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Catch Wrestling Technique: Ninja Choke / Coma Choke / Reverse RNC

2014 NAGA Expert Pan American Champion, Brian Ruscio demonstrates an effective Catch Wrestling Choke from Turtle Control or Front Headlock position.  This technique can also be executed when wearing the GI or Kimono in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, although that opens up many more options.  It is known by many names: Ninja Choke, Coma Choke, and Reverse RNC (Rear Naked Choke) and modified Guillotine are a few.

Try this in your next training session and let us know how it works for you in the comments below!

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