The "Berimbolo" is a Gi sweep from the de la Riva guard used to take the back on an opponent. 

Apparently the Berimbolo is Portuguese slang for the African musical instrument "Berimbau" which is used extensively in capoeira.

Regardless of the name, the technique is very creative. 

I have included two videos, the first is of Rafael Mendes  showing the technique in Portuguese, and the second is is for us english listeners from ZombieBJJ.

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CombatChaz's picture

Here is Mendes getting it in competition. If he were a lockflow member he could push the 'hit' button. I however, can not.

LSBJJ's picture

To be hitting the Berimbolo in high level competitions over and over takes a crazy amount of practice.  


Jake Furney's picture

Shock I must learn this....