10 Tips Rafael Freitas Uses To Set Up The Baratoplata


How Rafael Freitas Sets Up The Baratoplata From The Mount Successfully

Baratoplata is one of the toughest BJJ moves. It was invented by Rafael “Barata” Freitas, a BJJ coach of the former UFC Bantamweight queen Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm, and a black belt under Gracie Barra Academy. It has similarities with more known Omoplata, but the grip is different and it is very hard to apply it in MMA competition. 

But in BJJ competition, baratoplata is a very effective way to teach extremely defensive opponent a lesson. If your opponent defends mount like a super pro, it is time to switch strategy and use the opponent’s defense against him. 

Rafael Freitas

Setting Up Baratoplata Off The Mount

You can use this fabulous submission widely in BJJ competitions. Since strikes are not allowed, a fighter who grapples worse than you will almost always end up on his back. 

But when he crosses arms on his neck, you will have a very hard time ending the match, because the position of his hands stops the choke or an arm bar attempt. It means also you cannot work on his collar, and chances or attacking opponent’s wrists are also significantly reduced.  

Note: In MMA, a fighter would never protect his neck that way, because punches and elbows to the head are allowed, and he’d risk a brutal beatdown and a TKO loss. Also, you don’t have gi, which means this kind of defense will probably be too dangerous for the fighter who defends off his back. 

So, when you want to finish baratoplata off the mount, the most critical thing is your position. If you don’t hit the exact spot and don’t sit where you supposed to, you might have a hard time forcing the opponent to surrender. 

Make sure you sit slightly under opponent’s sternum. Going too high won’t give you enough space for this submission. If you sit in the level of the opponent’s pubic bones, he might easily reverse you. 

How To Set Up Baratoplata – Step By Step by Rafael Freitas

Step 1. Look at the opponent’s arm is at the bottom. Most opponents are right-handed, so let’s assume it would be his left hand.

Step 2. Push your right arm under opponent’s left elbow and grab his right wrist tight. One of your arms will control both of the opponent’s hands. Use your other hand to grab his left elbow down, pushing it towards the body. 

Note: If opponent’s left elbow touches his oblique muscles, the amount of pressure is good. If not, please press harder or he’ll slip away. 

Step 3. Reposition your right leg, making sure your right foot creates a 90-degree angle with an opponent’s body. 

Note: You can lift the leg off the floor, but sliding down the canvas is ok too (it is mostly used by an advanced BJJ fighter). 

Step 4. Continue to push opponent’s left elbow towards the lateral side of his body and step over his arm with your left leg releasing his right arm.

Note: If you performed everything well, both of your legs are on the left side of the opponent’s body, and your left hand is free. 

Step 5. Grab the gi on the thigh of your left leg with your right arm to control the position. 

Note: You can also put the arm on the thigh but grabbing gi will lead to a stronger grip. It will not allow your opponent to slip away easily. 

Step 6. Rotate your hips counterclockwise keeping your left hand on the canvas. 

Note: Whenever you rotate, the other hand must go down on the hook to stop the opponent from following you. If you forget this, there will be no chance of finishing the submission, because the opponent will continue moving with you. This tiny correction will block the movement and keep the opponent steady!

Step 7. Raise your right hip and lift opponent’s left wrist.

Note: Please try to perform both movements simultaneously as the opponent might slip away. 

Step 8. Bring opponent’s left wrist towards the ground and away from his head. It means you must move towards an opponent’s hips or stomach to maximize the pressure on his left hand. If you did everything well, he should tap out. 

What If The Opponent Is Stronger And Bigger Than You?

Rafael Freitas has an excellent solution to this obstacle. Until step 5, everything remains the same. But when you try to put your left hand on the canvas under opponent’s right hand, he might grab your left wrist and pull you towards himself. It can lead to a transition, and the bigger man might rotate to his right side and end up on the top of you. 

Oh, just don’t panic, that is the worst thing you could do! There is a magic solution.

Note: You mustn’t lose the grip, otherwise we recommend you say goodbye to baratoplata and try securing different submissions. 

Despite you ended up on your back, just think of BJJ specialists in MMA. Anderson Silva, Rani Yahya, and Royce Gracie finished many of their matches while they were in a dangerous position!

Step 1. Put your right foot onto the opponent’s left hip. Place your left arm on an opponent’s right triceps. 

Note: Your right foot prevents the opponent from moving away from you. The wrong position will allow him to rotate and slip away so be careful. 

Step 2. Extend your legs away, moving your hip to the outside (in this case, rotate clockwise). If you did everything well, the opponent will be forced to tap out. 

Note: To add more pressure to the opponent’s shoulder, try lifting your glutes off the ground and moving it in the same line with the opponent’s clavicle bone. 

This is a tiny correction but no matter how strong fighter your opponent is, his arms can’t be stronger than your legs and hips. 

Well done, you learned how to secure a baratoplata by Rafael Freitas himself! You are one step ahead of winning the competition as this submission is not too popular and many opponents do not know how to defend it! 

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