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18 December 2014

18/12/2014 - Teaching | Closed Guard | Sit-Up Sweep

Teaching #252
Artemis BJJ (PHNX Fitness), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 18/12/2014

BJJ Bristol Artemis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Side ControlPersonally the sit-up sweep (also often know as the hip bump) has been my highest percentage sweep from closed guard. It also fits well with the discussion on posture from earlier this month, because the reaction you'll get when you try to break somebody's posture is often that they will lean back. That's a perfect time to go for the sit-up sweep. Handily, it also makes for a classic offensive combination with the kimura and guillotine, which I could show in future lessons (though as this venue has a lot of MMA people, they are probably pretty familiar with the guillotine already).

For the sit-up sweep, open your guard, then come up on your elbow. Your other arm reaches over their opposite shoulder. Keep moving diagonally, progressing from basing on your elbow to your hand. Your second base point is your foot, on the opposite side to your basing hand. Use those two base points to stay close to your partner, bashing them with your basing leg side hip. Keep swivelling, reaching further with your shoulder-arm to grab their triceps. If they try to put that hand behind them, you can pull back with your triceps-hand.

You're essentially swivelling on the spot. This should cause them to fall off balance. Once you get your knee onto the mat, twist your upper body so that you're effectively doing a take down. Ideally, you'll end up directly into mount. Even if this doesn't work because they're resisting so much, you should be able to follow up with a kimura or guillotine.
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Teaching Notes: It was a small class tonight, so there was scope to go through the kimura and briefly the guillotine as well. I'm confident teaching the kimura, but guillotines still aren't something I ever really use. So, I'd need a lot more drilling before I felt ready to teach a class purely on guillotines, judging by tonight. A good technique to learn, so worth investing some time (especially as I already go for the sit-up sweep a lot).

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