White Belt University 4.1 Closed Guard Sweeps - Hip Bump and Pendulum Sweeps

White Belt University 4.1 Closed Guard Sweeps - Hip Bump and Pendulum Sweeps

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Xande teaches two basic but highly effective sweeps that you can use to sweep your opponent from the closed guard. The closed guard is a great position for beginners. Your opponent will have to break your closed guard before being able to pass. This will provide you with extra time to think about what to do next. As a white belt, it helps to start with small goals and celebrate the victories of achieving these goals. For example, for one week you could choose to play closed guard with the goal of sweeping your opponent with the hip bump or pendulum sweep while not letting your opponent pass your closed guard. The next week your goal could be to try to submit your opponent from the closed guard by combining the hip bump sweep with the kimura or guillotine.


White Belt University 4.5 Closed Guard against Standing Opponent - Muscle, Chair, and Hip Push Sweeps

White Belt University 4.5 Closed Guard against Standing Opponent - Muscle, Chair, and Hip Push Sweeps

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Often times your opponent will stand in your closed guard to try to force you to open your guard. In this situation, the closed guard attacks that we learned in the previous lessons will not work. Instead of opening your closed guard, use the muscle sweep, chair sweep, or hip push sweep to put your opponent on their back and come on top.

White Belt University 4.6 Closed Guard against Standing Opponent - Balloon Sweep

White Belt University 4.6 Closed Guard against Standing Opponent - Balloon Sweep

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The balloon sweep is a great option to sweep your opponent over your head when they are standing in your closed guard and they are off base. This sweep works best when your opponent is leaning forward while standing in your closed guard.

White Belt University 4.7 Classic Guard Sweeps - Scissor Sweep

White Belt University 4.7 Classic Guard Sweeps - Scissor Sweep

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The classic guard goes well in combination with the closed guard. If you are having trouble in the closed guard, you can open your guard and set up the classic guard to attack with different sweeps. The scissor sweep is a staple from this position and although it is a basic sweep, it is highly effective even in the highest levels of jiu jitsu.

White Belt University 4.8 Classic Guard Sweeps - De la Riva Hook Sweep or Arm Drag

White Belt University 4.8 Classic Guard Sweeps - De la Riva Hook Sweep or Arm Drag

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When setting up the classic guard, your opponent may raise their knee to defend against the scissor sweep. In this case, transition into the de la riva hook sweep or the arm drag to continue your attack.

White Belt University 4.9 Cross Grip or 2-on-1 Guard - Arm Drag, Scissor, and De la Riva Hook Sweep

White Belt University 4.9 Cross Grip or 2-on-1 Guard - Arm Drag, Scissor, and De la Riva Hook Sweep

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The cross grip guard or 2 on 1 guard has very similar attacks as the classic guard. The different between the two guards is a difference in how you are gripping your opponent's gi. The classic guard has one grip in your opponent's cross collar and one grip on the same side sleeve. The cross grip guard is when you grip your opponent's cross sleeve while the 2 on 1 guard is when you have your opponent's cross sleeve and use the same side hand to grip their gi near the armpit to reinforce the cross grip. The arm drag, scissor sweep, and de la riva hook combinations from the 2 on 1 or cross grip guard are very similar to their classic guard variations.

Inside the University 38 - Closed Guard Rolete Sweep and Knee Up the Middle Sweep

Inside the University 38 - Closed Guard Rolete Sweep and Knee Up the Middle Sweep

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Xande teaches the Rolete Sweep and the Knee up the Middle sweep from the closed guard. These sweeps are often a reactionary sweep in response to your opponent's attempt to break your guard or stand up in your closed guard.

Inside the University 14 - Muscle Sweep, Chair Sweep, Hip Push Sweep against Standing Opponent from Closed Guard

Inside the University 14 - Muscle Sweep, Chair Sweep, Hip Push Sweep against Standing Opponent from Closed Guard

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Xande explains how to use the chair sweep or hip push sweep from a failed chair sweep attempt and how to do the muscle sweep when your opponent stands in your closed guard. By attacking in combinations of sweeps, it's likely that you can either catch your opponent off guard to sweep them, threaten their base enough to transition into a different attack, or scare them enough to come back down to their knees.

Inside the University 13 - Hip Bump Sweep from Closed Guard

Inside the University 13 - Hip Bump Sweep from Closed Guard

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Xande teaches the basic hip bump sweep from the closed guard with extra details on how he likes to set up the sweep. This sweep is essential for beginners to jiu jitsu and is a great way to introduce how to use leverage against your opponent with a simple but highly effective sweep.

Inside the University 8 - Scissor Sweep and Collar Drag Combination from Classic Open Guard

Inside the University 8 - Scissor Sweep and Collar Drag Combination from Classic Open Guard

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Xande covers three variations of the scissor sweep, two variations to the collar drag, and shows how they can be used in combination with one another in a push pull motion. You can find a step-by-step break down of the basic scissor sweep in chapter JJU 15-05 of the Jiu Jitsu University in Video (or book) and the collar drag in JJU 17-11.

Inside the University 7.2 - Breaking Posture by Arm Drag from Closed Guard (Part 2/2)

Inside the University 7.2 - Breaking Posture by Arm Drag from Closed Guard (Part 2/2)

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Xande delves into specific details on breaking your opponent's posture using a movement similar to an arm drag from the closed guard.

Inside the University 7.1 - Options to Break Posture from Closed Guard

Inside the University 7.1 - Options to Break Posture from Closed Guard

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Xande reviews various ways to break your opponent's posture from the closed guard. In this series we notice that there are two basic variations, one variation where we break our opponent's posture forward by using our legs and gripping at the elbow or coming in from under your opponent's hand to break their base and another variation where we redirect our opponent's arm to the side in an arm drag style posture break.