Staying One Step Ahead-Learn the Berimbolo & Take Your Game to the Next Level!

Staying One Step Ahead-Learn the Berimbolo & Take Your Game to the Next Level!

There are always moves, sweeps, transitions, etc. that come along every-so-often that offer specific grapplers a chance to evolve their and game and take that next step forward.  Being able to master a specific skill can act as a calling card of sorts.

While masters submissions is obviously something that one shoulder learn, it’s always a plus when you are able to add dangerous sweeps and transitions to your game.  It’s easy to get caught up in the glamour and glitter of wonderful submissions, and we forget that there is a point system in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

An easy way to earn these points is by implementing tenacious sweeps and passes.  One of the flashiest—and most difficult—is the berimbolo sweep.  A sweep made to end up in your opponents back , the berimbolo is a super effective move that can take you to the next level.

Setting Up & Executing The Berimbolo Sweep

mendesLike any good move, you have to know what you’re doing before you go out on the mat and expect to hit this move without any fuss.  It takes time to drill this and get your muscle memory to where it needs to be in order to hit the move correctly.

There are a few variations to the move, as you would expect, but they all end the same way; sweeping right into back mount.  This move is super effective and can end a match rather quickly.  Usually, this is done from a seated position, but it can also be done from the x-guard.

Here’s how:

  • Once they setup their x-guard, they will look to topple you.
  • As they extend their legs, and as they do, brace with your leg on the mat.
  • Take your hand and grab their belt with four fingers.
  • From here, roll over your shoulder to the side.
  • When on your back, free your leg and release your hands.
  • Pushing their legs away from you, this will open up a wide open pass into the back mount.

To learn more about the berimbolo and set ups check out Jiu Jitsu Laboratory’s article on it!

Making It Famous With The Mendes Brothers

Both Rafael & Guilherme Mendes are notorious for executing this move.  I have seen match-after-match in which Rafael has pulled it off by using his spider guard as a setup.  However, I recently came across a clip in which Guilherme broke the move down to their students at their very own academy.

The above breakdown—similar to the video—is for when you find yourself in the x-guard.  If you want to see what it looks like when it’s put into motion—and when one of the best grapplers is using it—then by all means, click play and enjoy thie  video of Guilherme Mendes breaking this sweep down!

Dan Fagglla


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