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The Dots Principle by Italo Moura

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Italo Moura – The Dots Principle

Description of Instructional:

Passing guard and retaining guard are two fundamentally important concepts in Brazilian jiu jitsu in the Gi and in No-Gi. Italo will teaches the concept from an offensive and defense perspective with his ‘Dots Principle’. From an offensive perspective, you need to control your by clearing their frames, closing distance, and pinning them.

From a defensive position, you need to frame on your opponent, create distance, and stay mobile! You can use the Dots Principle to do both! Italo will teach you how he is able to control his opponents from both top and bottom to constantly improve his position.

Overview of Instructional Chapters:

  • Fundamentals of the ‘Dots Principle’
  • Clearing Frames
  • Closing Distance
  • Adjusting Angles
  • Pinning your Opponent
  • Passing Guard
  • Retaining Frames
  • Staying mobile on bottom
  • Controlling Angles
  • Drills and Exercises

Instructor Bio:

Italo Moura is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Murilo Santana and Cicero Costha. Originally from the Brazilian State of São Paulo, Italo now resides in New York City and trains out of Unity Jiu Jitsu. Italo has been involved in martial arts since he was very young and began training in jiu jitsu at the age of 12 at a local Gracie Barra jiu jitsu school. Since then, Italo has been competing and winning on the world stage.

Italo has multiple IBJJF World and Regional Championships in both the Gi and in No-Gi. Training out of one of the best gyms in the US and with many years of competition ahead of him, Italo is sure to continue his upward trajectory and continue to add championship titles to his resume.

In Italo’s first Instructional on Athletes Ocean, he will explain the fundamental concepts of his ‘Dots Principle’. The principle applies to both offense from top position and defense from the bottom. You will learn to pass your opponent’s guard from the top and how to retain your own guard and prevent your opponent from passing! This concept is key for beginners and experts alike!


  • 3rd Place IBJJF No-Gi Worlds Black Belt Middleweight (2022)
  • 1st Place CBJJE World Championship (2020)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF South American Championship (2020)
  • 2nd Place CBJJE Brazilian Nationals (2020)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2019)

Training out of:

  • Unity Jiu Jitsu
  • New York City, New York

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Approximate Length of Instructional: 

  • 46 Minutes

Suggested Skill/Experience Level:

  • All Skill Levels

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Course Content

Italo Moura – The Dots Principle
Italo Moura teaches you how he maintains his posture while breaking his opponent's to get to better positions!

Student Ratings & Reviews

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12 months ago
Insightful knowledge from a great competitor and teacher. What more can you ask for?
1 year ago
Amazing instructional video with unique insights and impressive ways of thinking. Being a great instructor, Italo is passionate about sharing not only technique explanations but also mindset-shifting tips that would have a fundamental impact on other’s training.
1 year ago
This is one of my favorite instructionals. Italo goes over concepts and backs it up with techniques and drills that help elevate your passing and guard game. It's affordable and only 45 minutes! Italo gets to the point and has just enough easily digestible content that doesn't become overwhelming.
1 year ago
In this instructional, Italo takes a step back from the thousands of techniques we have learned in Jiu Jitsu and simply asks the questions, “Why are we doing the moves this way?” “What is our objective?” He clearly lays out what our general goals are in several major positions and helps us see how the dots principle can be used to properly control our opponents while using the same logic to avoid being controlled by our opponents.
1 year ago
Italo does a great job of explaining how a well thought out game built around low risk techniques can add up to dominant positions and submissions over the course of a roll
1 year ago
A great instructional from a great instructor. All the material covered was presented in a very efficient and effective manner, which allowed me to immediately understand the concepts discussed. When drilling and rolling I found that I was able to very quickly utilize what I had learned from Italo to great effect, which I credit to how broadly applicable the dots principle can be.
1 year ago
A great system for keeping the real objectives of grappling top of mind. Well thought out and delivered both conceptually and through examples. Highly recommend for both beginners and experienced practitioners.
1 year ago
An immediate change to my jiujitsu game. Italo has a detailed and easy way to explain the technique. This technique is for everyone.
1 year ago
Super informative ! Can’t wait for more content !
1 year ago
Great instructional filled with very important points, explained in details very clearly and providing many more hours of further training ideas. Now need to actually go and practice it all.
1 year ago
Good concepts as well as techniques. Very helpful for both passing and guard.
1 year ago
Clear, concise and effective. Absolutely great.