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03 June 2015

03/06/2015 - Teaching | Closed Guard | Sit-Up/Hip Bump Sweep

Teaching #332
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 03/06/2015

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 I've taught previously, 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'll show in future lessons.

For the sit-up sweep, come up on your elbow, then open your guard, keeping your legs squeezed. Your other arm reaches over their opposite shoulder. Keep moving diagonally, progressing from basing on your elbow to your hand. This also makes it easier to lift your hips. Your second base point is your foot, on the opposite side to your basing hand. Your remaining knee is on the ground: you'll be pivoting around that. Use the two base points of your hand and foot to stay close to your partner, smacking 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 around your knee. This should cause them to fall off balance. As you move on top, 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 and knock you back, you should be able to follow up with a kimura or guillotine.

Teaching & Sparring Notes: People always tend to forget to bring their arm over the shoulder, reaching for the tricep. Lifting the hips high enough is important too. I think I could also do with emphasising having one knee on the floor as you do that big swing. But generally, it's a pretty simple technique. I cut down the drilling a little bit, adding in more time for sparring.

I got in some sparring during specifics, where I wanted to practice the stuff I'd been drilling with Chris earlier. I tried to get an underhook, but wasn't managing it very successfully. Even when I did get the arm stuck against my shoulder, they didn't have much trouble extricating. That probably indicates I'm not using my legs to get in tight enough, or breaking their posture sufficiently.

On the plus side, I was able to go for the omoplata. The first time, although I remembered to pull on the leg, I didn't control the posture properly and get a grip around the hip: they simply hopped over my leg. The second time was more successful, but from a different set up. I was going for the underhook and trying to angle off, eventually ending up popping around the side a bit. I managed to switch to get a grip around their hip, then move into the omoplata. Good reminder to be careful about removing yourself from the position once they've tapped, as that can be a bit tricky! Needs to be done with care. ;)

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