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09 January 2019

09/01/2019 - Teaching | Closed Guard | Stand in Closed Guard

Teaching #829
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 09/01/2019

Start by shoving their sleeve/wrist into their belt knot/belly button. With your other hand, push into their sternum, but be careful you aren't tempted to lean forward as a result. Keep your posture upright. If you can't get the sleeve, then simply grab their collar with your chest bracing hand (you have the option of grabbing a sleeve with that hand too, it doesn't have to be the hip hand: just make sure it's always the same side). If they grab your collar, grab the sleeve of their gripping arm and then simply stand up in the same way you normally do.

Raise your knee on the same side as your sleeve/wrist gripping arm, stepping forward with that foot. Basing off your hands (again, don't lean forwards), stand up into a crouch, then stand right up, thrusting your hips forward. Pull up on their sleeve/wrist (again, if you've lost it, grab their collar, if they are wearing a gi). You then want to push their knee off your hip on the other side, stepping back with your leg on the non-sleeve/wrist gripping side to help.

If you're having trouble getting that knee off, try bouncing your hips to open their ankles, like you were struggling to take off a tight pair of jeans. At the same time, splay your hand by the knee you want to shove (Roger Gracie calls this 'making his hand big') in order to help push down. You can then progress with the leg pin pass, as per the below embedded video, in two parts (only a minute each though, as these are Instagram:

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Part Two:

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Teaching Notes: Head up, push off back foot for stand. That feels like the key detail on how I stand, though some people still can't do it. For them, the hop up and inward twist of the knee could be a good alternative. I also need to be careful of not demonstrating for too long. I didn't mention bouncing to open their guard if they cling on, that's worth mentioning as it will happen.

Again, I didn't show a pass, I just focused on how to stand. Particularly as you can also show how you can still stand by grabbing their collar, or grabbing their sleeve if they grab your collar.

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