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B is for Berimbolo
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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:53

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If you follow the popular BJJ websites you might have noticed recently the word 'berimbolo' popping up.

If you have been watching the brothers, Mendes or Miyao - then you will have seen the 'berimbolo' in action.

Or if you roll with any players who, from De La Riva guard, scoop your hooked, lower leg...flip themselves upside down - and then take your back  - then you have felt the 'berimbolo'


Unfortunately, one of the reasons the move has become a hot topic is because changes to IBJJF rules make the move a potential DQ in competitions. The issue?  A berimbolo attempt torques the opponent’s knee, and with new IBJJF rules, this is not allowed. There were several DQ's at the 2012 Euros because of this.

But technically, the berimbolo has not been banned. What has been banned is how the berimbolo is started from when the opponent stands. When you get your De La Riva hook in deep while controlling the ankle from the front it torques the knee, and that’s what the IBJJF are banning. You can still use the berimbolo as a transition or a sweep but you have to get there in a way that does now twist the opponent’s knee.

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BANNED See IBJJF rules page 23, figure 8

I recently made a decision to discover more about this technique. The first reason was as a defense (in order to try to shut down the guys at my academy who are doing it to me) and the second reason as an attack (in order to sweep / take the back or just advance my position from De La Riva guard). I am spending time with the guys who do it well at my academy to learn from them.

Now, I will admit to not spending time each day watching endless BJJ videos on Youtube. I didn't know about the young Miyao brothers until my team mate told me to watch them using the bermibolo. All of a sudden I am seeing these Purple belts (Paulo and João) popping up all over the place.

Joao Miyao vs Walter Barnes - 2012 IBJJF Euros


(note: this is actually Paulo in the video)

So back to the move itself. It's been around for a long time. Samuel Braga reminds us that he was using it back in 2003. I do feel like the berimbolo is a very effective attack from De La Riva, where I spend alot of time when playing guard so it's a natural progression for me. I have long legs and would like to start to explore playing some upside down guard. I just have to start to train my body into moving this way. If I roll with lighter white, green or blue belts I am putting my first attempts at this into action, slowly piecing together the entry mechanisms and exit positions that make this technique what it is.

De La Riva Berimbolo in 2005 BJJ Worlds Final done by Samuel Braga




What are some tips for someone wanting to get good at the berimbolo? Samuel Braga offered three pointers:


1. WORK ON THE DE LA RIVA GUARD AND GET GOOD AT TAKING BACK.
To get good at the berimbolo, a technique where you start on bottom and then end up on top, you have to start by working on taking back from de la Riva guard.

2. WHEN THE OPPONENT TAKES A STEP BACK TO PASS DE LA RIVA, REVERSE THE POSITION

To reverse the position, capitalize on the moment the opponent steps backwards to pass De La Riva guard. Try combining steps 1 and 2, especially when the opponent hides the support arm to pass De La Rivaguard.

3. BERIMBOLO, JIU-JITSU AND LOW HIP
Starting from standing position, work on taking back from withing De La Riva guard. Then make the most of the moment when your training partner positions himself with his knees on the ground, getting his hips low. This will help a lot in upping the level of your berimbolo.
(courtesy of Graciemag.com)

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There is a great debate about the IBJJF berimbolo issue over at the Jiu Jitsu site dstryrsg.com. Check it out here


To learn more - head to Youtube and spend some time searching 'berimbolo'. I also found this website's article.

Feel free to share your thoughts about the berimbolo with other players below.

 


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