Gracie Barra Bristol, (BJJ), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 01/03/2012
The teaching schedule has shifted since last week. Having previously decided on sticking with one position per month, Geeza instead instituted a sixteen week curriculum which included the fairly broad designation of 'guard', which would have meant I could continue working on my previous lesson plans. That's now changed slightly, so that all the instructors are expected to work on a specific type of guard in keeping with what everyone else is teaching. That's good for consistency, though it does force me to explore some guards I otherwise would have left until later.
Butterfly is one of those guards. Marcelo Garcia has written that when passing butterfly guard, it's important to keep in mind that "unlike the closed guard or half guard, in the butterfly guard, your opponent is not trying to hold you in place." In my opinion, the ensuing dynamism and movement makes butterfly guard a more advanced position, which requires greater sensitivity and timing than closed or half guard.
Saulo Ribeiro emphasises that you must be close with the shoulder to generate sufficient leverage. Saulo also likes to put a hand out behind him for base, which contrasts with others who prefer to grab the knee. It is worth experimenting with several options. One of the best parts about training in jiu jitsu is that it is so individual. There is rarely a single 'right' way to do any technique, which is also part of what makes jiu jitsu so complex.
Saulo also has a follow-up to the sweep, when they attempt to counter. If they shift their weight and bring their arm back out of reach, it will be difficult to complete the basic sweep. You need that arm, or they'll just post out. Instead, you can raise up, grab their knee, then drive forwards with your shoulder. Your hand prevents their knee from moving backwards, which should enable you to slide through to side control or scarf hold. If they move their knee out of reach as well as their arm, you can do a technical stand up. Reach down to grab their knee and again drive forwards: because you've stood up, you've now got gravity on your side.