The Turtle Position

This week Gracie Barra Learning will feature some videos on submitting the “turtle position”.

Instead of accepting a guard pass (and giving up the 3 points) many jiu-jitsu fighters prefer to roll to the turtle position. A tight defensive turtle can be difficult to defeat. How do Gracie Barra black belts deal with a defensive turtle?

Here are 5 videos on attacking the turtle.

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1) Anaconda choke attacking turtle / Finalização partindo dos 4 Apoios
This arm inside choke works equally well with or without a kimono. You find this position often after countering your opponent’s double leg takedown.

2) Triangle attack the turtle / Triângulo partindo da pegada das Costas
When you attack the turtle, your opponent may try to grab your leg to get a single leg takedown. You can turn their attempt at a single leg into your own triangle attack from the back.

3) Collar choke from turtle position / “Rologio” estrangulamento
Known as the “clock” choke, this is a very powerful choke against an opponent who is stalling in turtle.

4) Clock Choke #2
Gracie Barra Chino’s Head Instructor Professor Rafael Oliveira shows some different details for what is one of the best ways to attack the turtle.

5) Step over collar choke / Finalização partindo dos 4 Apoios
This one for your BJJ hilite reel. Once you get the collar your rotate and apply the leverage with your legs.

See also on Gracie Barra : Triangle Choke From The Guard

Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Saigon, Vietnam
Twitter: @MarkMullenBJJ