BJJ Moves Guide From Matheus Veloso

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Shoulder Rotation Takedown to Secure Handcuffs

This self-defense move is useful when an adversary attempts to pull, shove, or otherwise pose a threat by grabbing your shoulder. The goal is to gain control over the adversary’s left triceps and elbow, forcing him to release his grip. The adversary is then led to a position where handcuffs can be applied with minimal threat.

Shoulder Rotation Takedown to Secure Handcuffs: Move 1-2, top left to right; Move 3-4, bottom left to right

(1) This move is effective when an adversary grips your shoulder. In this demonstration, the adversary uses his right hand to grip my right shoulder.

(2) Raise one hand on each side of the adversary’s arm, with both palms facing in his direction and your elbows bent at approximate 90 degree angles.

(3) Your left palm meets your right hand, folding your fingers over your opposite hand, creating a firm grip as your hands clasp.

(4) Squeeze your elbows together, compressing the adversary’s elbow.

Shoulder Rotation Takedown to Secure Handcuffs: Move 5-6, top left to right; Move 7-8, bottom left to right

(5) Keep squeezing your elbows together as your torso twists towards your right, leading with your hips.

(6) As you twist, your elbows should take the adversary’s arm (and body) with you, driving him down to the ground, effectuating a take down.

(7) The pressure imposed by your left arm maintains the adversary’s right hand on your shoulder, forcing his arm to remain straight. Any attempt to resist will only intensify the pressure in his shoulder.

(8) Your left foot steps over the adversary’s back to his left side. Your left knee can assist in keeping him on the ground if necessary to temporarily prevent him from posing a threat.

Shoulder Rotation Takedown to Secure Handcuffs: Move 9-10, top left to right

(9) Standing over the adversary with one foot on either side, secure his right hand against his back, at which point handcuffs can be applied. The palms of his hands should be facing outwards, with his thumbs up.

(10) Likewise bring the adversary’s left hand against his back to finish applying the handcuffs.

Giorgio Armani Choke

Giorgio Armani Choke: Move 1-2, top to bottom

(1) Left Hand Grip: Grip the left side of the opponent’s collar (about 1 inch below his neck) by positioning your left thumb on the inside of his GI and 4 fingers on the outside.

(2) Right Hand Grip: Firmly grip the opponent’s collar with your right hand, with 4 fingers on the inside of his GI, and thumb on the outside.

Giorgio Armani Choke: Move 3-4, top to bottom

(3) Bend Right Elbow: Bend your right elbow while bringing your right arm (along with the opponent’s face) in towards your chest.
a. This blocks the opponent’s neck from moving side to side, preventing him from escaping the choke.

(4) Secure the Head:
a. Maintain your firm right hand grip on the opponent’s collar.
b. The left arm carries out the choke, forcing the opponent to tap out.

• This powerful move can be applied to Judo or GI Brazilian Jiu-Jistu.
• Power is in the speed of this move, as the opponent is unable to anticipate it, and likewise unable to free himself from the choke once you secure his head to your chest.

Shoulder Handle

Shoulder Handle: Move 1-2, top left to right; Move 3-4, bottom left to right

(1) This move is best for MMA fighters when:
• The opponent is up against the cage wall;
• The opponent is “cupping” your head (holding the back of your neck to
control your head); and
• The opponent is attempting to knee your upper body.

(2) Put your left hand across the opponent’s chest to reach his left shoulder.

(3) Apply pressure against the opponent’s neck to stop him from coming forward.

(4) Your left elbow continues to apply pressure to the opponent’s right shoulder.

Shoulder Handle: Move 5-6, top left to right; Move 7-8, bottom left to right

(5) Remove your right hand from the back of the opponent’s head.

(6) Weave your right hand into the space between your left arm and the opponents’ right arm.

(7) Put your right hand on top of your own left upper arm, driving your left arm to apply pressure to the opponent’s neck, shoulder, and right arm.

(8) Begin to raise your right elbow, as your right hand pushes your left arm down, which intensifies the pressure, causing the opponent to tap out.

Strike Interception

This self-defense move is effective when an adversary attempts to strike head-on.

Effective Head-On Strike Self Defense: Move 1-2, top to bottom

(1) In this demonstrated, the adversary attempts to strike head-on with his right hand (most people’s dominant hand). Rather than attempting to duck or avoid the strike, you intercept it: your left hand grasps the adversary’s right wrist as you turn towards the side.

(2) The palm of your right replaces your left, grasping the adversary’s right wrist. Your left hand reaches towards the inside of the adversary’s elbow, to grasp your own right wrist.

Effective Head-On Strike Self Defense: Move 3-4, top to bottom

(3) Your left palm pushes your own right hand, driving the adversary’s right wrist towards his shoulder. This motion forces the adversary backwards, effectuating a takedown.

(4) With the adversary on the ground, maintain control over his wrist by continuing to pull his hand right towards his right shoulder. While this move focuses on controlling the adversary’s single limb, the intensity pressure applied to this part of the body forces him to submit.


Matheus Veloso de Brit

“Matt” Veloso de Brito is one of the most esteemed experts in the grappling scene.

• A IBBJF & CBJJF Certified Black Belt under Fernando Boi
• A Certified CBJ & IJF Judo Black Belt under Igor Shiozawa

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