In this instructional, I have been dividing the crucifix into two main positions: the traditional (or “face up”) crucifix and what I call the kneeling crucifix. My purpose for doing this is to show how the crucifix has a wider scope than the one or two techniques most jiu-jiteiros tend to associate with the crucifix. The crucifix is a complex and versatile position if you take the time to learn it.
Being able to control and attack from the kneeling crucifix allows you to seek submissions sooner than if you always roll into the traditional finish. The main submissions we’ll cover in this section are rear naked chokes and armlocks, with a guillotine to cap it off.
While it usually starts from the kneeling crucifix, we’re saving the reverse omoplata for its own in-depth chapter later.