The berimbolo is widely considered to be one of the most difficult maneuvers in BJJ to pull off. However once mastered it is a powerful technique that can shock and mystify a wary opponent.
“The Berimbolo is the name created by Andre Galvao as a reference to a specific movement, this movement was created by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors having derived from the De La Riva Guard. This grappling position requires the guard player to spin upside-down in an attempt to disrupt the balance of his opponent. This spin, will cause the guard player to either get a sweep (reverse the position) – which is usually called an helicóptero, or take control of his opponent’s back, which is a berimbolo. This position is one of the most popular trends of BJJ since its revival in the late 2000s decade, a revival led by Rafael Mendes and perpetuated by many other fighters such as Ary Farias, Joao and Paulo Miyao and many, many others, especially in the lower weight classes of the sport.” – BJJ Heroes
The following two videos give a great explanation on how to pull it off and after that Marcelo Garcia shows how to shut the berimbolo down!
…and the counter!
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