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MMA Training with Greg Jackson: The Omoplata Sweep


(Video courtesy of YouTube/TapouTVTC)

By Cage Potato special contributor Mike Schmitz

Greg Jackson knows the nuances of MMA training as well as anyone in the MMA industry. He’s developed 10 champions, including current UFC titleholders Jon Jones and George St-Pierre, and is now taking his mixed martial arts pedigree to TapouT VTC where he offers members online MMA training videos breaking down the ins and outs of the technical aspects of the sport.

TapouT VTC rolled out a new MMA training video today in which Jackson demonstrates the Omoplata Sweep and goes step-by-step through exactly how to execute it.

“I really advocate using the omoplata as a primary sweep position secondary submission,” Jackson said in the video above. “You’re going to go after the sweep first and if that fails you can kind of come after that submission.”

Here are the five simple steps of how to perform the Omoplata Sweep according to Jackson:

1. The Omoplata Sweep is executed when the opponent postures up high from guard. Once he postures up and you can’t reach his head or arms, go after his wrists. You’re going to reach across your body and grab his opposite wrist.

2. After the wrist is grasped open your legs slightly and use a 90-degree cut to scoop your butt out from under you and then use your oblique muscles to pull yourself in toward the opponent. From there use your free arm to grab right underneath your opponents thigh.

3. Next, take your free leg and bring it over his head and all of the way to the other side. Lock the foot that’s under his armpit under your free leg and you have him in the position known as the Omoplata. His wrist is going to be nice and snug against your side, the legs aren’t scissored, but locked in and his thigh should be in close to your head.

4. Next you want to extend him so he doesn’t have a great base. Extend him out by pulling his arm away from you by using your leg. Then scoot underneath him and you’re in a great position to roll him over and put him right down where you want him.

5. replace the arm that was wrapped around his leg with your other arm, move the replaced hand behind the neck and you have a great side-mount position. As Jackson says, “now you’re ready to get offensive.”

If there’s one man to trust with MMA training instruction it’s Greg Jackson. Learn these five easy steps and soon enough you’ll be able to use the Omoplata Sweep on your friends or competition.

Check back soon for more exclusive content courtesy of TapouT VTC.

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Fried Taco- July 14, 2011 at 7:30 am
So in other words, Greg Jackson advocates using a finishing submission as a sweep to lay-n-pray instead. Why am I not surprised...
Ballsagna- July 14, 2011 at 6:55 am
Machiavelli, he might hit you once in favor of trying to keep his balance but once you're underhooking his leg it's a fraction of a second before you rotate to his side and sweep/attack.

"Thank you Jackson, for dedicating your life to making MMA as boring as possible." I must say I fucking LOL'd
Machiavelli- July 14, 2011 at 6:35 am
Once you grab his wrist and stick your other arm between his legs, what's to stop him from raining bombs on you with his free hand?!
Jason Moles- July 14, 2011 at 5:19 am
I wish I was special.
virpz- July 13, 2011 at 7:43 pm
I love that he said " The way I do this" ...Sorry Greg I learned that move 4 years ago in my sencond bjj class.
BaghdadBob- July 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm
Thank you Jackson, for dedicating your life to making MMA as boring as possible.
WalksInTheDarkness- July 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm
Jackson is still Fight Yoda, "Use this sweep you should, stop dark side lay and pray it will..."
omunto- July 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm
I love this sweep, I still try to avoid the omoplata in favor of a triangle any day of the week but I love that he expressed favor towards using it as a sweep as opposed to a sub.
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