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05 June 2019

05/06/2019 - Teaching | Closed Guard | Hip Bump Sweep

Teaching #875
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 05/06/2019

Personally the hip bump sweep (also sometimes known as the sit-up sweep) 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, triangle 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, triangle or guillotine.

If when you go for the hip bump, they forcefully drive forwards to prevent your sweep, that sets you up for the kimura. As they drive into you, quickly switch to attack their arm instead, using their momentum to swivel into position. You could also try for the guillotine, for which you'll need to shoot your hips back and sit up. If they instead manage to base securely enough that you can't dislodge their arm, that's an opportunity to switch to a triangle. Bring your leg through to gap between their basing arm and their body, switching your free hand to their head. Hanging off their head, kick into a triangle.


Teaching Notes: Reaching over shoulder, usual bits people forget. Also, remember to do sit up side to side drill in warm up.

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