Counter to Guard Pass with Hammer Lock Finish

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Courtesy Rebecca Motte and

Instructor: Luis "Sucuri" Togno and Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti

These techniques should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.
Practicing the moves incorrectly could result in serious bodily injury or death.

1: Sucuri (on bottom) has Jacare in his guard. Jacare is preparing to pass the guard to his left side, by trapping Sucuri's right leg.

2: Sucuri's first line of defense is to block Jacare's forward momentum. He does this by posting his left hand on Jacare's left shoulder.

3: Sucuri pushes against Jacare's shoulder and moves his hips out a slight distance to free his hips.

4: Sucuri then escapes his hips out to Jacare's right side. Sucuri posts his right hand out behind him for base as he sits up and reaches over Jacare's left shoulder with his left arm.

5: Sucuri feeds his left arm through Jacare's left arm and grabs the gi sleeve of Jacare's left arm. Make sure you have a secure grip on this gi sleeve.

6: Sucuri now does a "technical stand up" movement by sliding his right knee out behind him.

7: At the same time that you pull your knee out, you take your left shoulder down to your right knee

8: When Sucuri does the technical stand up taking his left shoulder to his right knee - the momentum of this move will roll Jacare over to the bottom position.

9: Sucuri puts his head on the floor for base........

10:.............. and 'jumps' his legs over to the opposite side, forcing Jacare onto his back.

11: As Sucuri lands on the opposite side - he will base with his legs to prevent being rolled and start to secure the side mount position. Notice his left hand has maintained the secure grip on Jacare's gi sleeve, his right hand is at Jacare's near hip to block any hip movement, and his legs are based.

12: Sucuri immediately "switches" his legs by bringing his right leg over his left and taking his right knee to Jacare's hip, as he extends his left leg out behind him for base. Sucuri's right hand is still at Jacare's near hip to prevent his knee coming under for an escape.

13: Sucuri has his weight on his left side heavy on Jacare's chest to prevent his movement. Notice that Sucuri still has a secure grip on Jacare's left gi sleeve.

14: Once the position is stabilized Sucuri begins his re-positioning for the submission. He reaches across with his right hand and figure fours Jacare's left arm.

15: Sucuri posts his left foot and pivots his shoulders counterclockwise for the hammer lock submission.

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