This week's Arm Crossed Butterfly techniques are part of Week 9 of the GB3 Advanced module with Prof. Flavio Almeida.
In our first video, Prof. Flavio teaches one of Master Carlos Gracie Jr's favorite techniques based on an Arm Crossed grip (similar to a wrestling Russian 2 on 1 grip).
Our first video starts standing where Prof. Flavio gets the grip and executes a sacrifice throw - a variation of the Sumi Gaeshi.
VIDEO 1: Technique 52 -Arm Crossed Butterfly sacrifice throw
Note the detail that Prof. Flavio sets up the throw with 2 key steps:
1- pushes into the opponent to create the reaction
2- circle steps the opponent to create the timing to enter into the sacrifice throw
The Butterfly hook with the foot creates the strong leverage to lift the opponent - which we will see in technique #2
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Our 2nd video shows us how to execute a sweep using the same Cross Arm grip and Butterfly hook - this time on the ground instead of standing.
VIDEO 2: Technique 53 - Arm Crossed Butterfly Sweep
Pay attention to the detail of how Prof. Flavio rocks back, "pulling his knee to his chest" to load the opponent's weight on top of him - making the sweep easier than if Prof. Flavio had only relied on the lifting action of his leg.
Special tip: Notice how Prof. Flavio does not let go of the sleeve grip after the sweep instead of keeping it to control the opponent's escape.
These 2 techniques show how the principles and grips of standing takedowns can make your sweeping game stronger as well!
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