If you’re a guard player, you’d certainly be familiar with the omoplata. The omoplata is a simple shoulder lock submission that even seasoned BJJ practitioners have a difficult time finishing. Many people give up when their opponent starts to posture up, or start to escape. Instead of finishing the submission, they end up using the omoplata to sweep or transition to another position.
According to 2x BJJ World Champion Teco Shinzato, “if you cannot finish the omoplata, you are probably doing it wrong.” If you’re looking to use the omoplata as a finishing move in your next sparring class, you’re in luck. Today, Evolve Daily shares How To Finish The Omoplata Every Single Time:
1) Get your details right
If you’re going to use the omoplata, you must have all your details right. The minute you miss a detail, the chances of the omoplata working are very slim.
From the guard position, swing your leg under and over your opponent’s shoulder. You must aim for the shoulder blades, and not the elbow (even if it is easier to get). Kick your leg up and over, which will make your opponent get on his knees or fall on his stomach. The arm closest to your opponent should be wrapped around his waist, holding onto his belt. His arm should be in between your legs as you raise your hips slightly until he taps.
In this video, 2x BJJ World Champion Teco Shinzato shows 3 different variations of the omoplata. Watch how he executes each variation and pay attention to his hooking leg and arm.
2) Keep your legs tight
As you execute the omoplata, ensure that your legs are squeezing your opponent’s arm tightly. This prevents him from unraveling his arm and escaping. Keep a firm grip up to the point where he is on his knees and you are ready to lift your hips up. Don’t let go!
3) Control your opponent properly
As you secure the lock, you must remember to control your opponent properly. As you hold onto your opponent’s belt, ensure that your grip is tight and he is unable to posture up. You can also try grabbing his opposite shoulder to secure your position and finish the omoplata.
4) Break down your opponent’s posture completely
After successfully getting your opponent down and onto the ground with his arm in the right place, you notice that even if you have a good grip on his belt, he is still able to posture up. If you’re faced against a bigger and stronger opponent, the chances of him/her being able to power out of the omoplata is very high. Thus, to prevent them from escaping, you must break down your opponent’s posture completely. To do so, you must ensure that they are almost flat on the ground. One way to do this is by scooting your hips away from your opponent. This increases the pressure in the shoulder, making it difficult for your opponent to escape.
The only way to get these details right is through drilling and application during sparring. You should always look for an omoplata finish, no matter what guard you’re using. So tell us, how will you fix your omoplata?