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14 February 2018

14/02/2018 - Teaching | Closed Guard | Hip Bump

Teaching #756
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 12/02/2018

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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.

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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: I think it's useful focusing on where you're basing for this one, smacking the mat to emphasise. That helps to stick it in people's heads. I could perhaps have been clearer about your leg going to the mat, which you're then pivoting around. Also, you want to end up in mount with your knees on the ground, not with a foot up. That's where emphasising the knee goes to the mat could help.

I wouldn't normally teach Wednesdays, as that has awesomely become Kirsty's fundamentals class, but I was covering. She's only taken it over as of this month, so still settling in with the schedule.

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