How to Become a BJJ World Champion – SOUL FIGHTERS BJJ



Rafael Formiga Barbosa, Marcus Antelante, Manny Diaz and other share “What it takes to become a BJJ World Champion.

Formiga his the Soul Fighters Team share their experiences, training and mindset to achieve greatness in the BJJ World.

In the 2016 Rafael Formiga Barbosa hosted 16 BJJ Black Belts from around the world to train for the IBJJF World’s Masters Championships.


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Formiga BJJ Butterfly Guard Sweeps & Attacks – Soul Fighters Jiu-Jitsu
Rafael Formiga Barbosa of Soul Fighters Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a master attacking sweeps and submissions from the butterfly guard.

Formiga shows a jiu-jitsu sweep from butterfly guard using the arm across from an arm-drag or from pass attempt.

Formiga also hows how to take the back from butterfly guard.

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Formiga BJJ Q&A EP3: The “Haagular” BJJ Way

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In the Next Episode of Formiga BJJ Q&A we first discuss the most important “WAY” of Jiu-Jitsu… the Hhhagular Way.

Here’s the Formiga BJJ Q&A Video Breakdown:

00:00 Who is this “Haagular Guy”? And why is his Jiu-Jitsu the best?

00:27 How to attack and submit from side control when your opponent has a very tight choke and arm defense?

02:17 How to finish a 1-arm choke from BJJ back control?

03:13 How to do get a butterfly guard sweep when your opponent has a strong smash passing?

04:44 How to finish the omoplata by doing the rolling omoplata?

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BJJ Black Belt Tips EP2: Guard Pass Defense, Butterfly Guard Sweeps, Omoplatas, Z-Guard…

Another edition of BJJ Black Belt Tips with 3x BJJ World Champion: Rafael Formiga Barbosa. In this episode Formiga answers questions on how to counter guard passes, maintaining back control against bigger BJJ players, a couple variations for finishing the omoplata, break-dance sweep from butterfly guard, how to open a strong BJJ closed guard, how to pass the Z-Guard / Knee Shield Half Guard, the Leandro Lo Hip Switch Guard Pass,

00:21 – BJJ Sweep Counter from Tornado Guard Pass. Here’s a great counter to when your opponent is passing your guard.

02:22 – How to keep back control in BJJ againts a bigger opponent when you’re a short person.

03:53 – How to finish the Omoplata in BJJ using the other leg hook. Jiu-Jitsu Omoplata sweep to omoplata submission.

05:36 – Jiu-Jitsu Breakdance Sweep from Butterfly Guard. Formiga is a Butterfly Guard master… one of the best BJJ Butterfly Guards in the world.

07:30 – How to Open the Closed Guard Against a Stronger, Bigger Opponent. BJJ Players with long strong legs tend to have a great closed guard. Learn how to open a strong BJJ closed guard to pass from Formiga.

09:40 – How to Pass the Z-Guard or Knee Shield Half Guard in BJJ. Formiga shows his BJJ guard passing game when your opponent has a great BJJ z-guard, or a Knee Shield Half Guard.

11:21 – Leandro Lo is great at passing the BJJ half guard. Formiga shows his variation on the Leandro Lo half guard pass

13:09 – Bonus BJJ Technique: Arm Across Butterfly Guard Sweep. Formiga shows one of his favorite BJJ Butterfly Guard Sweeps by trapping the arm acroos the buddy to sweep.

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CRAZY BJJ Training: Formiga (Black Belt) vs Jessi (Purple)

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Incredible Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training Roll between Rafael Formiga Barbosa (BJJ Black Belt & 3x World Champion) and the one the best best BJJ Purple Belt girls in the world: Jessi Swason.
Location: Jiu-Jitsu and Strength Academy in Cromwell, CT
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INTENSE! BJJ Black Belts Sparring: Formiga VS Rafa

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Soul Fighters BJJ Black Belts Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Rafael Quinoes have an INTENSE Rolling session! They are rolling during our competition BJJ training classes at the Jiu-Jitsu and Strength Academy in Cromwell, CT
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Black Belt BJJ Tips: Side Control, Choke Defense, Butterfly Guard, 50/50 Guard, Triangle Choke

In our first episode of BJJ Quick Tips with Rafael Formiga Barbosa of Soul Fighters BJJ; Formiga answers the following questions.
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BJJ Competition Mindset – Rafael Formiga Barbosa

Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa – 4th Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and 3x IBJJF World’s Masters Champion shares his thoughts, mindset and passion for competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Formiga shares his competition mindset and how he prepares for his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Competitions and more.

Soul Fighters BJJ Black Belt Roll: Formiga vs Marcus Antelante

Incredible rolling session between two of the top IBJJF World Competitors. This is from the Soul Fighters BJJ IBJJF World’s Jiu-Jitsu Training Camp in CT.

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Soul Fighters BJJ: Smash Pass Defense

Soul Fighters is the name of our Competition Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA Team. Since being founded by Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes in 2008, the Soul Fighters have already been successful in winning multiple World Championships in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, ADCC Wrestling, and Professional MMA (UFC).

Our classes and training are instructed by World-Champions, which is why we are considered to be one of the best BJJ Competition Teams in the world, even being represented by high-profile Professional MMA and UFC Fighters.

Our team is rapidly growing, not only in the United States, but internationally, and is attracting men and women of all ages and backgrounds to the art and sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. If you are looking to compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, participate in a new sport for fun, or simply learn more about the art, we welcome all new additions to our team!

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