The Omoplata is a powerful shoulder lock executed by your legs and is one of the most versatile BJJ techniques in existence. And like all shoulder locks, they are essentially a wrench and bolt system. Remember bolts and wrenches only work when they’re 90 degrees to each other.
Closed Guard Omoplata
From the Closed Guard, we’re looking to win a collar and sleeve grip combination on our partner by grip striping and controlling their left arm. Your partner was framing with their left arm and we’re turning that frame into a lever. And with both of your feet on your partner’s hips, you’re elevating your hips and then turning out to the side.
You need to be looking to create a 90 degree angle in your partner’s left arm.
Spider Guard Omoplata
As your partner stands up in your Open Guard, the key thing you want to do is destroy their posture. Your partner’s head up with their spine acting as a frame is your enemy. Your objective is to turn their spine into a lever.
With their head below their hips, now it’s time to elevate your hips to enter into your Omoplata.