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Today, I am here with Marcos Tinoco. Marcos is going to show us a little trick for sleeve control from closed guard. In my opinion, Marcos has the best lasso guard game that I have ever seen. When Marcos plays lasso guard or any guard from the bottom, his sleeve control is so strong, that it is hard to move. Marcos and Michael Langhi have the strongest sleeve control grips that I have ever trained against in jiu-jitsu.
Marcos received his black belt from Marcelo Garcia almost 2 years ago. In a very short time as a black belt, Marcos has gotten 3rd place in the Open, 3rd place in the World’s, and he won the European in January 2017. As a brown belt, Marcos won the World’s. As a purple belt, Marcos got 2nd place in the Open class at the World’s. Marcos has super high level jiu-jitsu.
Marcos has really strong sleeve control from any guard on the bottom. Today, he is going to show us some details that he uses to have such strong sleeve control from the bottom.
When Marcos plays the closed guard, he makes grips on his opponent’s sleeves. Marcos likes to follow his opponent’s hands with his grip. Whatever his opponent does with his hands, Marcos follows the grip. If his opponent tries to go over or under Marcos’ hands, Marcos just follows his opponent’s movements.
Marcos doesn’t like to force his grip when his opponent pulls his hand away and possibly breaks Marcos’ grip. It’s too hard to hold onto his opponent’s sleeves that way. Instead, Marcos stays close and maintains a tight grip. He follows his opponent’s hands, so he can keep his grip longer.
Marcos also likes to open his opponent’s sleeves with his thumb and fold his knuckles in, to get a very strong grip. Marcos then follows his opponent’s hands wherever they go. It’s not about strength, it’s about weight. Marcos makes his grips and folds his knuckles in. Then, he keeps everything tight. Marcos keeps his thumbs outside and follows his opponent’s movement. Marcos combines this strong sleeve control with his leg movement to keep his opponent busy, and his opponent forgets about breaking Marcos’ grip.
This technique makes a lot of sense to me. Every time I roll, and my opponent makes a grip on my sleeve from closed guard, I can usually break it. I like to break the grip by going outside with my hand, and then I break the grip by pulling my arm away.
However, when I roll with Marcos, and I try to go outside with my hand, Marcos just follows my hand, so there is no way to break his grip. When Marcos gets his grip and pushes in, and rolls his knuckles with his thumb outside, then it’s a very strong grip. I can barely move my arm.

Here is the breakdown of the key points for strong sleeve control:

  1. Marcos grips his opponent’s sleeve and folds his knuckles in and keeps everything tight.
  2. Marcos follows his opponent’s hand movement wherever they go.

I hope you enjoyed the video and thank you to Marcos Tinoco. Oss.

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