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19 June 2017

19/06/2017 - Teaching | Open Guard | Unstoppable Sweep

Teaching #676
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 19/06/2017

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Tonight I covered a technique I've been working on for a while, called the 'unstoppable sweep'. I first heard about it over on Seymour's blog, where he described his visit to a Mike Fowler seminar (the guy known for this technique). I've found it can crop up in sitting guard, if your partner tries to drive in close to stop you getting one of the other sweeps. When that happens (and this applies in plenty of other situations too), get on your side in open guard, bringing your lower leg in front of the bottom of their shin. Your other leg goes slightly above their knee, when you also lock your feet together. Grab their same side sleeve with your lower arm and their same side collar with your upper arm.

You can then tweak their leg outwards by pulling with your lower leg on their shin, pushing with your other leg behind their knee. Maintain your grips and knee position, as this should hopefully put you directly into a knee cut with a deep collar grip, meaning you could also switch right into a choke. Make sure you pull them forwards onto you, as if their weight is based back, it will be tough to land the technique. I've found this sweep works particularly well if you're in sitting guard and your opponent steps in really close to try and pass. From there, it isn't too much of an adjustment to move into a sort of reverse de la Riva, then hit the sweep: you already have the collar grip, so you just need to secure the same side sleeve. That collar grip also gives you another point of control where you can push, combined with your legs.

Teaching Notes: I added a drill where you go on your side, a bit like the drill I added for sickle sweep. The position of your hip is important, like with half butterfly. Note you can do unstoppable entering from various positions, but I went with sitting guard as that's what I've been teaching recently.

Leg positioning, I often don't bother locking my ankles, so is that important? On the finish, people weren't pulling up on sleeve and pushing through the collar enough, driving knuckles to the mat. I should emphasise that even more, stop the back take. A couple of people got confused on direction, you need to be facing out, not in. Counter-intuitive? Follow ups would be good, I know Fowler has some.

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