Today, the Berimbolo is known as ‘the move’ to perform in tournaments. The roots of this technique are still debated but it’s safe to say that it was originally popularized by the Mendes brothers and then taken even further by the Miyao brothers.
The beauty of the berimbolo lies in two factors. The first is that visually, the berimbolo looks so bizarre with its inversion, that it confuses people and then magically, the user can end up on their opponent’s back within seconds. It’s like jumping from nothing to everything instantly. Nowadays, if you don’t know your berimbolo defense, you will most likely succumb to a back-take or end up in someone leg drag.
The second factor that makes this move so fancy is that taking the back is only one option. After you invert from de la riva into the berimbolo, you can also achieve sweeps and mount control, and that’s only a few examples of what can be done. Lightweight practitioners use this the most and they are constantly inventing both new combinations and counters.
- Jumping Triangle
This is another air-born technique that can have some rather harmful results. It can be done from several different positions. Mainly when both opponents are standing, or when one opponent is standing and the other is seated in an open guard. The technique is basically what it sounds like; you jump up onto your opponent’s shoulders in a triangle position and lock it in.
What makes the technique challenging? It’s being able to land properly on your opponent’s shoulder to lock in the triangle. Many try this technique and fail miserably. Either they jump and don’t latch on properly, which usually results in falling on their back or head, or they get knocked out or winded. Or even worse, if trying to jump over someone’s guard into triangle, it’s very easy to kick them accidentally in the face or get hit in the groin. So although it looks cool that your legs are being used as lethal pincers, think twice before just going at it.
One of the most proficient practitioners of this technique was Genki Sudo from Japan. He is most famous for pulling off this technique several times at a submission wrestling tournament many years ago in California. It made for an outstanding highlight reel.
- Tomoe Nage Variations (Balloon Sweep from Different Guards)
Sweeps are some of the more immaculate techniques in jiu-jitsu and they are great to just watch in action, however, no sweep is as fun to witness as a successful balloon sweep where you launch your opponent into the sky.
There are many variations of the balloon sweep. It is usually done from any open guard. The classic version is having both your feet placed on your opponent’s hips and simply pressing them in the air. But this can also be done from the de la riva guard, spider guard and many others. Tomoe nage is the Japanese name for this throw. It originally starts from the feet and utilizes only one foot on your opponent’s stomach before crouching below their center of gravity to be able to easily elevate them in the air.