The Mechanics of BARATOPLATA – A Painfully Effective Submission

Every now an then the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is exposed to a new submission. Some these innovative submission turn out to be just a waste of time. Others, however, are game-changing moves that re-shape the world of grappling martial arts as we know it. So when an established Gracie Barra black belt and a top competitor comes up with an unorthodox submission, you can assume it is legitimate. Furthermore, once it’s proven in competition at all levels, you can rest assured it’s effective. Such is the case of the Baratoplata shoulder lock. The Baratoplata is a quite unusual and very effective submission created by a Brazilian black belt. Rafael “Barata” Freitas is the person behind the move, as his nickname suggests. The submission is, in essence, a shoulder lock. It bears certain similarities to the omoplata, hence the “plata” adjacent to Rafel’s nickname. It … Continue reading The Mechanics of BARATOPLATA – A Painfully Effective Submission