Favourite BJJ techniques of 3 Legends of Brazilian Jiu jitsu

Martial Arts is all about competition, in brazilian jiu jitsu (bjj) is just like that, the competiton is based in many factors, keeping position, transitions, defense moves, bjj techniques etc, and evry fighter mus be better than the day before to keep pace with their competitors.

For me one of the most important things is the bjj techniques: You need to be a master of this nes if you want to submit your opponent (you must know that this thecniques are also used in other martial arts and for self defense as well so they are important outside the Jiu jitsu tatame).

Today I want to talk about three celebrities and their Favourite BJJv Techniques:


Renzo Gracie. Favourite bjj Technique: Guillotine Choke.

One of the first martial arts legends to be known worlwide, Renzo Gracie is a Jiu Jitsu black belt from the famous Gracie family (founders of Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu). He has formed several renowned black belts, Renzo Gracie started to be noticed as a competitor in the 90’s winning important tournaments such as the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) and several MMA fights in Japan, Brazil and US.

The guillotine,  is a chokehold in brazilian jiu jitsu and wrestling applied from in front of the opponent. The choke involves using the arms to encircle the opponent’s neck in a fashion similar to a guillotine.


Royce Gracie. Favourite bjj technique: not found.

Royce was the man who puts the brazilian jiu jitsu at world stage. Royce’s reputable career as a fighter began in 1993 after defeating three opponents in the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in Denver, Colorado. His brother Rorion came up with this innovative challenge as a way to show Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the world. Royce Gracie was the first fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame along with fellow UFC veteran Ken Shamrock. The most used technique to finish his fights via submision was the Rear Naked Choke (he did not told us this was his favourite but was certainly his most succesfully used).

The rear naked choke  is a chokehold applied from an opponent’s back. Depending on the context, the term may refer to one of two variations of the technique; either arm can be used to apply the choke in both cases. The term rear naked choke likely originated from the technique in Jujutsu and Judo known as the “Hadaka Jime“, or “Naked Strangle”. The word “naked” in this context suggests that, unlike other strangulation techniques found in Jujutsu/Judo, this hold does not require the use of akeikogi (“gi”) or training uniform.


Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”. Favourite technique: De La Riva Guard.

Rubens Charles, also known as “Cobrinha” is a Top actual figure figure in the sport of Brazilian jiu jitsu escene, 4 times IBJJF World Jiu Jitsu Champion and ADCC champion twice. Rubens Charles is famed for his aggressive style on the mats, Cobrinha is also an accomplished instructor with a long career building fighters games.

The De La Riva Guard, is a type of open guard which appeared in sport of Brazilian jiu jitsu first by way of a legendary competitor named Ricardo De La Riva, although it was not an innovation in grappling “per se”, as it had been used before, namely in nonatei style judo, and is said to have been created by Oda Tsunetane. In jiu jitsu you consider a guard to be “De La Riva” every time when one of the competitors of a grappling match has his/her back towards the ground, while attempting to control his opponent using his/her open legs (assuming the role of guardeiro).

All of these techniques are very popular in mixed martial arts as they are usable in No Gi, the guillotine choke you may see it in kickboxing classes as a cultural knowledge or part of the “dirty boxing” game while fighting, but is not allowed there.

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