Friday, September 6, 2013

Flashback Friday: JT Torres vs Carlos Frederico Rodriguez


This match took place at the 2013 IBJJF Vegas Open recently.  If you are a JT Torres fan then you will probably enjoy this match as he shows some excellent technique.  I won't do my regular commentary as there is just a lot of beautiful Jiu-Jitsu going on this match but rather highlight some of my favorite moments.

JT initiates a closed guard pull (yes take that closed guard pulling haters...even top level guys do it!).  Action is moved and restarted in the middle of the ring.  JT moves into a deep DLR / X-guard position, pops up into a technical stand-up and finishes a nice single leg take down.

At 4:11 JT is attempting to Berimbolo, his opponent rolls away, JT inverts to roll with coming up into the leg drag position.  Text book leg drag to pass here.

At 5:28 Rodriguez manages to turtle but JT is maintaining an inside hook with his far arm to control the hips.  This allows JT to pull him into a slick back mount.  JT sets up a bow and arrow choke to force the tap at 5:37.