Watch: 3 Simple Ways To Defend The Berimbolo (Video)

Perhaps one of the most complex techniques in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the berimbolo has certainly become the way to take control of your opponent’s back.

Popularized by the Mendes and Miyao brothers, this move has been known to be a source of frustration for competitors and recreational BJJ enthusiasts alike. However, once flawlessly executed, a berimbolo, is without a doubt, a beautiful technique.

To get into the berimbolo position, you must maneuver yourself upside down as you try to get your opponent off-balance and eventually take his back. In this video, 2x BJJ World Champion Teco Shinzato shows 3 Ways To Defend The Berimbolo:

 1) Smash Pass Entry

This berimbolo defense assumes that you’ve been successfully swept off balance by your opponent. By grabbing the ankle and doing a backward roll, use the momentum to get back up and establish the smash pass position.

2) Take the Back

This move tricks your opponent into thinking he can take your back. You control your opponent by holding onto your opponent’s ankle with one hand as the other grabs his pants. Kick out the opposite leg and you’ll have his back instead.

3) Shin Slide Pass to Side Control

This defense anticipates your opponent’s berimbolo. Before he can even get into a proper berimbolo, you get into a shin slide pass position as you take a step back to prevent his foot from hooking into yours. Finish the move by establishing the cross face as you get into side control.


Remember, the key to defending any move is to stay at least two steps ahead. Also, don’t forget to study the details of the techniques you learn in class. This will most certainly take your game to the next level and give you the confidence to defend any move you face.


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