More often than not, we hear people make the comparison between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and chess. True enough, both are all about strategy – planning the next move and knowing what your opponent’s next move will be. One of the most important aspects of strategy is the setup. When you setup your opponent, you are baiting them to fall victim to your submission or sweep.
However, setting up isn’t always the easiest thing to do. As beginner and intermediate students, gauging what our opponent might do could be difficult. We can start by linking submissions – this means that we should have a backup plan if our first submission doesn’t work.
In this video, BJJ Brazilian National Champion and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor Prof. Gamal Hassan demonstrates how to transition from the crucifix to the reverse omoplata. This move is perfect for those of you who aren’t afraid of forward-rolling into a position.
From this video, we can see how the strategy of linking submissions is paramount for every BJJ game. Thus, knowledge of a backup move is essential. It provides practitioners a chance to re-establish dominance and eventually, win the match.