Monday night BJJ training – Mastering the Shaolin sweep

So lately I’ve been pretty slack blogging about my training. Mainly because my life has taken a few twists and turns, so I haven’t been able to blog as much, plus I was being lazy. Anyway, I want to get back into the habbit of documenting my training sessions, whether they be good or bad.

28/04/13 – Monday night training

So on Monday we took it back to the old school a bit. Before my club became a full BJJ club we were actually a traditional Jiu-Jitsu club. We practiced a lot of falls, takedowns, aspects of self defence and combined that with bjj groundwork, as our instructor is a traditional jiu-jitsu blackbelt and (at the time) a BJJ purple belt (now a brown belt).

Tonight started off with the Yoko tomoe nagi throw, which gives you a number of options when you go in for the throw, The guard pull, the armbar, or completing the throw.

After drilling that badboy we went to do some ground work. Today we focused on the Shaolin sweep, a half-guard sweep named after it’s inventor Vitor “Shaolin” Ribiero.

This sweep works by using the momentum of your opponent to off balance them with a backwards role in halfguard to end up in top position.


Lately I’ve hit a black patch during rolling, everything hasn’t been going right lately and it’s been a bit frustrating. Today I decided to take strip it back, after reviewing my SWOT analysis I decided I needed to work on things that have been giving me some problems.

It worked.

Tonight I felt like my old self rolling, managed to catch a few submissions, including my classing loop choke, which is an old favourite of mine.


Monday had a few victories, including some very good back and forth battles and catching a move i’ve been working on for weeks, the Brabo choke.

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Richard Presley

A purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Richard is the owner and primary writer of Attack The back. Check out my About Me Page to learn more!

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