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05 July 2017

05/07/2017 - Teaching | Closed Guard | Sit-Up Sweep

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Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 05/07/2017

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Personally 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.

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 Notes: Unlocking the feet before you go to mount and getting them out of the way could be worth emphasising more. Also, how it combines with the windscreen wiper sweep, and perhaps how it goes with the kimura and guillotine too. Generally though, not much to add, I think I covered everything I wanted in the above videos (one of them is from Facebook, so if you're reading this on RSS, it won't show up, you'll have to click through to the original post. In fact, you'll have to do that either way, as it looks like just the comment text embeds, not the video. ;D).

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