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23 February 2018

23/02/2018 - Teaching | Closed Guard | Kneeling Guard Break

Teaching #759
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 23/02/2018

The basic method of opening from the knees starts by setting up your own grips, grabbing both collars with one hand, by their chest, your other hand by their hip. Dónal has a handy tip about twisting up those two collars, rolling them over each other so that there is no slack when you grip, though that may sometimes be tough to secure.

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Also try to jam your palm or fist into their sternum to lock it in place. Regarding your hand on the hip, measure your gripping position by bringing your elbow back to their knee. Once your elbow gets to their knee, grab whatever trouser material is then under your hand, pressing your weight through that hand into the mat to try and pin their hips.

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From there, get your knee underneath their butt cheek, meaning they are slightly raised up onto your leg. Your other knee slides out to the side, so you're now making a right angle with your two knees. Still keeping your back curved, slowly wriggle backwards, shifting your sideways knee back and continuing to wriggle until you can pop open their ankles. As soon as you do, immediately shove their leg to the mat with your elbow and/or hand, then begin your pass.

Teaching Notes: I'm tempted to add in the standing option as this is so simple, that's something to try next time. See if having both is too much, or if it fits ok into one lesson. Keep the head up, don't lift you bum off your heels. Also, don't rush the pass, a number of people were doing that. Although putting two guard breaks in one lesson may work better, rather than trying to a fit a pass on the end. So, next time, try both guard breaks, but no pass, just getting into position (but make sure to include the knee cut in the warm up drills).

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