Awesome summary of the Romoplata. I've been working this move for the last month or so with great success, and can say that all of this advice is good (much of it I had to deduce for myself). Thanks for another awesome writeup.
Here are a couple comments I have:
Step 3: I find that this step can generally be skipped if you are of about equal size with your opponent. If he's much larger than you, it will likely be necessary, but even then you can sometimes force it.
Breaking the grip when they defend safely during rolling? This is probably the hardest part of this submission for me. How do you handle this Aesopian?
This is the only method I know to get the cross without them getting out of turtling, what are the other methods? To be fair, I get this method at a very high percentage. The hardest part of this, IMO, is getting them to grab your leg (not counting an attempted single leg) but you can often bait it and get them to bite. My general rule is to get into a side position and start baiting a choke while my front leg is right there waiting to be grabbed.Quote:
If you are starting from the crucifix on knees, the highest percentage method is to cross your front knee over the rear calf then straighten your leg, passing the arm from one leg to the other.
What are the other finishes? I know you can--technically--finish from your back, but I've never gotten it, and I know you can finish the way you described in the article (that's how I always finish it) but I don't know any others.
How do you deal with losing it and recovering into a decent position? That's probably the most dangerous part of this move to me. If you screw up and he can sit up, the best you can realistically hope for is half guard, and more likely you'll end up in side control.