GB Technique : Self Defense with Prof. Draculino

This week on Gracie Barra Blog we are looking at some self defense techniques with the head of Gracie Barra Texas, Prof. Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes.

Prof. Draculino is one of the most experienced and beloved Gracie Barra instructors and oversees multiple schools in his home state of Texas. Not only does Prof. Draculino often head Gracie Barra competition training camps at Irvine HQ, but his philosophy of jiu-jitsu includes self defense.

Most of us start training jiu-jitsu for reasons of self defense and it is important to know the most common situations as you never know when you could be called upon to protect yourself or one of your friends or family.

Let’s take a look at some self defense techniques with one of the top Gracie Barra black belt instructors, Prof. Draculino.

1) Head Lock Escape on the ground

This is an extremely common position in a street fight and is one of the very first techniques jiu-jitsu students should learn on the ground.

2) Mount escape – bridge and roll when being head locked

Another key position to learn on the ground is the proper bridge and roll escape when an opponent gets mounted. Show this technique to your friends who don’t know about jiu-jitsu and they will become believers!

3) Standing rear choke escape

This is a common situation when an attacker approaches from behind and catches you unaware. There are a few different situations that require different answers – in this video the opponent places their weight forward and is thrown with an ippon seionage.


What is YOUR favorite self defense technique?


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Credits: Mark Mullen 

Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia