ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Set Up a Monoplata - a BJJ Tutorial

Updated on March 19, 2016
revolutionbjj profile image

Andrew Smith is a 3rd degree BJJ black belt based out of Richmond, VA (Revolution BJJ). He runs the BJJ Tutorial Encyclopedia here.

Source

Monoplata

The monoplata is a crafty submission popularized by Marcelo Garcia in the late 2000s. The technique is a shoulder lock from mount or 3/4 mount (both options are explained here, along with the pros and cons of each). While omoplata has been in the submission grappler's vocabulary for the better part of 20 years now, the monoplata is only recently starting to become an understood and valid attack at higher level BJJ competition. Here's a quick breakdown of the basics of how to set up and finish this extremely sneaky submission, along with some preemptive troubleshooting.

3/4 Mount - Tight and Tough to Escape

The pros of setting up the monoplata from 3/4 mount include the extreme difficulty in escaping the position, and the utter sneakiness of the technique. Many folks will let their guard down when they have a foot trapped, feeling like submissions aren't really applicable until you pass their guard. This scenario starts when your partner has captured your right foot after being mounted (as shown in this tutorial), or when you haven't fully passed their guard but have ended up 3/4 of the way to mount. In this case, your partner is taking a right underhook. This is far from ideal defensive posture for your partner, but sometimes they'll end up taking the underhook anyway. Other times, you can sort of force the underhook to happen. At any rate, the first order of business is to keep your partner on their side, ensuring that the underhook stays trapped and there's no going back to proper defensive posture. Note that my knee pinches inward in the video shown, with my toes out. Next, use your right hand to push your partner's head down, and base out with your left hand to slow down (and tighten up) the following steps. Keeping your left knee pinched, pass your left foot in front of your partner's face (think: omoplata). Now grab your left shin with your right hand, closing off all remaining space, and augmenting your ability to rotate. You can finish by turning your hips to your right from this position, or you can (carefully) sit down to finish the rotation. Your partner's hips are still trapped by your foot (still between their legs), so rolling to escape is all but impossible.

Option 2: from Mount

The pros of the setup from mount are that you don't need to be as flexible to set the monoplata up, and if you mess up, you're probably still going to be in the mount position. The con: your partner may be able to roll out to escape, or rotate their arm (but we'll deal with the latter). This is easiest set up when your partner bear hugs you from bottom of mount (again, not ideal defensive posture, but it does happen). Start by doing what Daniel calls a "diagonal push-up", creating an angle similar to the previous technique, focusing on trapping your partner's right arm in a perpetual underhook. Next, try reaching under your leg and around your partner's shoulder (think: Shawn Williams guard). This will help to secure the position previously described. Create a frame across your partner's face in order to release their grip. Next, open your right knee up for base, then pass your right foot across your partner's face (feel free to base with your right hand while doing this step). Now post with your left hand and reach across your shin with your right hand, beginning the rotation as you sit down (alternatively, sit first and then rotate for more control and safety). Because of the relative looseness of this position (mount as compared to 3/4 mount), your partner may be able to turn their thumb to rotate out of the shoulder lock. Fortunately, the transition to traditional armlock (juji gatame style) is very easy from here.

Monoplata or ninja roll?

See results

Final thoughts

Remember when practicing the monoplata that the onus of safety is on you. Be sure that you take measures to slow down the submission as much as you need to in the beginning, gradually increasing intensity and speed. You'll likely find yourself catching a lot of good grapplers with this technique over time. As always, let me know how these techniques are working for you!

About the author
Andrew Smith teaches gi and no-gi seminars across the country. Check out his schedule of upcoming seminars and bio here. If you're interested in booking Andrew for a seminar, email him here.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)