How to Do the Shoulder Lock Using Legs aka Omoplata

Learn how to do the omoplata, or shoulder lock using legs, from Alliance MMA black belt Babs Olusanmokun in this Howcast Brazilian Jiu Jitsu video.


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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art designed to teach practitioners how to successfully defend themselves -- even if their opponent is much bigger and stronger. In these videos, Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Babs Olusanmokun demonstrates the moves needed to master this effective self-defense system.




I got his collar. I got his sleeve on this side. I'm going to drive my arm into him, move my hips to bring my knee through on that side. I now take his wrist and push it by my hip, past my thigh. This leg is going to go over, quick and down, pass over his head. I'm going to switch my grip to this hand. Now this free hand here is going to go up. I'm going to grab his armpit on this far side. I'm going to have a figure four here. I can lock it. If I'm not flexible enough, I'll just keep the semblance of the figure four, the idea of the figure four. And now, I'm going to take my hips, along with his shoulder, in this direction. And that's a shoulder lock. He doesn't tap here. His shoulder goes.


  • Babs Olusanmokun

    Born in Lagos, Nigeria, actor and martial arts expert Babs Olusanmokun is a 2nd-degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Fabio Clemente. He has won numerous Pan American Black Belt Master competitions, earning two gold medals. Babs has taught at two dojos -- The Alliance Jiu Jitsu NYC, his home dojo, and the Beverly Hills Jiu Jitsu dojo in California. He also taught at the MMA gym PKG in Los Angeles.