The Best Crucifix by Marcelo Garcia’s Black Belt Joel Burgess



If there is one position that when I see someone getting it and finishing with it that I love to see, it’s the Crucifix. The Crucifix in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful techniques in BJJ.

That’s probably one more reason that makes everyone love watching Marcelo compete. Marcelo completely mastered this technique, and he was able to use this position against guys much bigger than him, at the highest level of tournaments such as ADCC, The Worlds and others.

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-6-47-41-pmHere at Marcelo’s, one of his students, Joel Burgess, who received his black belt last year from Marcelo’s hands. In my opinion, Joel and Marcelo have the best Crucifix I have ever seen in my life.

Joel is the type of fighter that has built a big part of his game around the Crucifix. Joel can get it from anywhere, passing the guard, from the turtle, from the half-guard. Anywhere you can imagine he can find the Crucifix.

When I train with Joel, for example and I’m doing deep-half, I always have to be very careful because he has an awesome crucifix from the half- guard.

I asked him to show us on my Youtube channel “Bernardo Faria” how to do the most simple and effective Crucifix from the turtle position. I also asked him to show us the most important principles and details for someone to master this technique.

Here below is the video. I hope you guys enjoy it.

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