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João Rocha - Throw, Passes, Chokes, Kneebar

João Rocha - Throw, Passes, Chokes, Kneebar

After putting on a dominant performance at the 2012 World Championships, winning both his weight and Absolute at Brown and later receiving his black belt, João discovered he had testicular cancer. Through hard work, determination, and those who look out for him, he’s managed to pick up where he left off, - at the top of the jiu-jitsu world.
- Issue 48

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João Rocha - Throw, Passes, Chokes, Kneebar
  • Knee Drop Seoi Nage - João Gabriel Rocha

    This is one of João’s favorite takedowns and should be in every grappler’s toolbox. In Judo, it’s called a Seoi Nage; grapplers often call it a knee drop or knee drop Seoi Nage. The key is to keep your opponent moving around- if they’re stiff or standing still they can stuff the attempt. Also, wi...

  • Pass without grips - João Gabriel Rocha

    This is a pass that João will use if either his opponent has pulled guard and has failed to establish any grips, or João has taken him down and also failed to maintain control without either of them having any grips.
    - Issue 48

  • De La Riva Guard Pass - João Gabriel Rocha

    This is a pass that João likes to use when he finds his opponent playing De La Riva guard.
    - Issue 48

  • Back & Forth Half-Guard Pass - João Gabriel Rocha

    This is a pass that João came up with while training for this year’s Worlds (2016). Typically in a half-guard situation, both the person on the top and the person on the bottom wants to get the nearside underhook. This is a pass that João likes if his opponent has the advantage of the underhook. ...

  • Choke Sequence From The Back - João Gabriel Rocha

    João’s favorite position to finish from is the back. In a perfect match, he would get to his opponent’s back and finish from there. Once he takes the back, João doesn’t like to waste time. Giving an opponent too much time to figure out an escape is  dangerous, especially when the clock is ticking...

  • Armbar From Choke Attempt - João Gabriel Rocha

    Now let’s say Manny just won’t quit, which is plausible because he’s a pretty tough dude. João’s in the perfect transition to attack Manny’s left arm.
    - Issue 48

  • Kneebar From Lapel Guard - João Gabriel Rocha

    If Keenan and João ever meet up in competition, this is the one João’s going for. If Keenan has an answer for it, then that means Keenan has renewed his subscription to JJM. It’s a sneaky kneebar that’s done while being inside an opponent’s lapel guard.
    - Issue 48