Reverse Spider Web Position Study

Reverse Spider Web Position

Today I wanted to dissect a new 10th Planet position…Reverse Spider Web. Regular Spider Web is one of Eddie Bravo’s core positions in the 10th Planet system. I have used it for years and really like it. Eddie came up with the name Spider Web because he felt that once he got some one into this position, that they were a fly in a spiders web. From regular Spider Web Eddie has developed a system that you can go for submission after submission without ever compromising your position.

Given my love of the regular Spider Web, I was intrigued when I first heard about Reverse Spider Web. Reverse Spider Web is a position that 10th Planet Black Belt Nathan Orchard has been using recently to win several tournaments. The position is very similar to regular Spider Web with one slight modification. Instead of controlling your opponent’s leg, you use both hands to attack the Kimura grip on his trapped arm……Ohh and of course its reversed.


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One of the keys to this position is controlling your opponent’s posture. To keep your partner broken down you need to use a combination of knee pinching and leg curls. If you are a spider web player already this should be an easy transition. If you do not play spider web think of this control like an armbar from guard. When you armbar from guard you use your knee pinch to isolate and control the arm. Your leg curls help keep your opponent’s head down so they can not just hulk out of the move.

In the video below Orchard shows several different set ups for reverse spider web.My favorite set up from the video was Orchard’s transition from traditional spider web to reverse spider web. What I really like about it is that you can bait your opponent into this position. One of the common escapes from spider web is to get your elbow to the mat. Normally once that elbow his the mat a scramble ensues to see who can gain control. With reverse spider web once the elbow hits the mat you can continue to attack. The gif below shows how simple of a transition this is.


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As I continue to drill and roll I am seeing this position pop up more and more. I would highly recommend everyone at least play around with this position a bit and see if it works for them. Like everything in jiu jitsu it’s worth at least trying it before you dismiss it.

Kurt Osiander Sweep from Open-Guard

I wanted to share with you an open-guard sweep that I have been using recently. I learned this sweep by watching Kurt Osiander’s move of the week series on YouTube. So far this sweep has been a great addition to my open guard game. It’s easy to do and highly effective!

The video below shows this sweep in a gi setting. Even though Kurt shows this move in a gi, it is easily adaptable to a no-gi setting.I have found that instead of grabbing the gi that you can perform this sweep by overhooking the posted leg. When overhooking it is important to make sure that you pull the knee in tightly to your chest. By doing this you gain more control of the leg you are attacking.

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What I really like about this sweep is that you attack one of your opponent’s limbs with two of your limbs. When I used to teach sweeps in my fundamentals class I always used a table analogy. In a traditional table there are four table legs. Think of these table legs as your opponent’s arms and legs. If you take a table leg away from the table the table becomes less stable. Take away two or more table legs and the table falls over. With this sweep you take away one table leg of the table.

This sweep also uses the high/low and push/pull ideas to sweep. By tucking your bottom leg in towards your own butt and sitting up you end up pulling low and pushing high. Doing this literally sweeps his base out from under him. Unless he has crazy balance on his free knee chances are he is going over.

Osiander Open-Guard sweep

If you are not familiar with Kurt you may want to put in some headphones prior to watching the video. Enjoy!

Knee Bar Trap Series – Keenan Cornelius

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I’ve mentioned in the past that the knee bar is my weakest leg lock. Knowing this I have made a point the past few weeks of looking for knee bars while I roll. One of the problems that I have been having is my opponent triangling his legs. While I have developed a few counters to the leg triangle thanks to Vladislav Koulikov’s Sambo Jiu-jitsu Fusion Vol 3 DVD, what I really want to do is avoid the leg triangle at all costs. In today’s video Keenan Cornelius breaks down how he blocks his opponent from triangling his legs before he attacks the knee bar.

Keenan’s position looks like it’s effective because you end up controlling both legs during the submission. 

This level of control also allows you more time to set up your leg attacks which is always a good thing.

In the video Keenan shows three different set ups but I really like how he sets this up from the top half guard position. I like this set up because you don’t give up positioning. I have been noticing recently that a key to effectively finishing a knee bar is good positioning. By maintaining top position you can at any time transition to another position OR safely make modifications to your current position before committing to the finish.

The key detail I noticed about the set up is that it’s crucial that you always maintain control of the bottom leg. If your opponent can free this leg you will end up in a battle for control. Keenan uses the climb the rope method of control to make sure that he is in constant control of the bottom leg. Check out the gif below for a breakdown of this transition.



PS check out the killer toe hold at 8:20 of the video. If you have the flexibility to pull it off it looks like a game changer!