Bonus Material


Bonus Material



Part 3

The pages which follow are from a chapter of The Guard which was not put to print, primarily because of time constraints with respect to finishing the volume. We were also concerned that there were some missing parts that needed to be included in order to provide usable games for players without a lot of experience. But even without those elements, this information is still useful.

This section contains more sweeps against a standing opponent as well as a couple of leg submissions. The sweeps here all work by getting deep underneath your opponent and then elevating him with your legs. When attempting these reversals it is best to keep moving. If you give your opponent time to think things over and adjust his base and/or start making grips to stabilize himself, it will of course be harder to sweep him.

As a general rule, the sweeps in this section work better against an opponent with legs your own length or shorter.

Knee Behind the Leg - Standing Sweep

Blue has control of both of White’s sleeves and his feet are in White’s hips.

Blue hooks his left foot behind White’s right knee as if to set up the Open Guard Hooking Sweep [Bonus Material Pt. 2, pgs. 244-245]

White tries to push Blue’s left knee down.

With his left hand Blue can hold White’s ankle, or his sleeve.

Blue pushes with his right leg while his left leg lifts into the back of White’s leg and pushes. Blue pulls with his right hand.

Even if White posts his right hand, he still has no base over his left shoulder.

Knee Behind the Leg - Standing Sweep

Blue counters by circling his left foot to the front of White’s body.

By hooking his foot in front of White and pulling on White’s sleeve, Blue nullifies White pushing on his knee.

With his foot still hooked in

front of White’s groin, Blue puts his knee behind White’s.

Blue finishes in the mount.

Blue’s right leg comes back through White’s legs and he hooks around White’s hips. Blue lifts off his elbow.

Blue uses a grip on White’s high (right) leg to help bring himself ontop.

Knee Behind the Leg - Spider Guard Variation

This is similar to the previous technique. The entry here is from the spider guard. With this variation Blue’s right leg off balances White from White’s left arm, rather than pushing into White’s left leg.

Blue pulls down on the sleeves and pushes the outside edges of his feet into the creases of White’s elbows.

Blue fakes one way...

...and then goes to the other.

Here is the critical moment. Blue off balances White forward by kicking his right foot into White’s elbow. At the same time he bucks his knee into the back of White’s leg. He continues to pivot on his back as he does and he also turns onto his side.

It’s over the falls for White, without his left hand for base he cannot stop.

Knee Behind the Leg - Spider Guard Variation

Blue pivots so that he is almost perpendicular to White.

Blue holds at the knee, from the inside.

Blue brings his knee to the

inside of White’s knee, and then behind it.

Blue hooks his left leg over White’s thigh. He pulls himself up with that hook and with White’s sleeve.

Blue pulls on the back of White’s neck to complete the transition.

Knee Bar; Key Lock

Sleeve grips can be very effective, they can also be broken relatively easily. Here is a follow up to the last technique for just such an occassion. Note how far Blue spins to execute the technique.

Blue enters into the previous sweep...

Pushing with his right foot helps Blue rotate on his back.

Blue throws his left leg behind White’s butt. He turns on his shoulders so that his spine is more or less in line with White’s.

Blue holds White ankle firmly and pushes White with both his legs.

Knee bars are devestating attacks. But they can be tricky to set, especially against an experience submission grappler. As always, you should have follow up moves at the ready.

White manages to slip free from the knee bar attack. Basically he takes a track stance and pulls his leg forward.

Knee Bar; Key Lock

Without the sleeve grip the

sweep will not work. On the other hand, Blue still has good position with his legs and his right leg is free.

As Blue finishes his entry White reacts by pulling his arm free.

From here Blue will let go with his left hand and wrap it around White’s leg.

Blue adjusts his body

according to the direction of White’s knee. [See pgs. 88-89 of The Guard for more info.]

Blue ups his hips into White’s knee.

It is vital that Blue’s hips are above White’s kneecap if he wants to finish with a knee bar.

Blue posts with one hand and grabs around White’s hip with the other, as he sits up. He must keep some pressure behind White’s knee and not allow any space to appear there.

As White slips out of the knee bar, Blue puts the lower half of his shin tighly behind the bend in White’s knee.

The top of White’s foot is

caught against Blue’s hip and Blue brings his hips forward. The result is a key lock from Blue’s shin against White’s knee.

Basic “X” Guard Sweep

Blue controls White’s sleeves and his feet are in White’s hips.

White steps back. Blue hooks his right foot behind White’s retreating leg.

The “X” guard involves crossing the shins like an X. The feet hook around the opponent’s leg to either side providing great control over it.

Blue uses the “X” hooks to elevate White up and over.

Basic “X” Guard Sweep

Blue spins on his back as he makes a hook to the front of White’s leg with his other leg.

Blue holds White’s right ankle and pulls White’s left sleeve.

Blue simultaneously pushes

White’s left leg away and pulls White’s upper body forward. Note that Blue is turning to his right side.

Once again, Blue grips White’s top leg to help pull himself ontop.

Momentum is the key to a smooth transition to the mount.

“X” Guard Rear Sweep

It is a given that things do not always go as planned. Contingency plans are necessary. As Blue attempts the “X” guard sweep, White manages to base out on his hands. That means that there will be, at least for a moment, less weight on his feet. Blue will use that moment to scoop White’s leg forward and then attack from behind.

Blue attempts the basic “X” guard sweep.

White resists the pull on his sleeve and bases forward on both hands. Right away Blue lets go of the ankle and begins to scoop the leg up onto his shoulder from the inside.

From here getting to the top is a matter of harnessing the momentum of White’s fall.

Note that Blue’s right arm has scooped up White’s right leg and arm.

Note the position of Blue’s right knee and how his chest is tight to the back of White’s leg. White has nowhere to go from this position. Passing White’s leg will be easy.

“X” Guard Rear Sweep

Blue wants his head behind White’s leg for this sweep.

Blue removes his top hook. As that leg comes down it helps make momentum to turn Blue to his left side. Blue’s hooked leg continues to pressure into White’s knee. His left arm pulls back White’s back.

Blue rotates his entire body

while pulling down with his arm and kicking out White’s knee.

With White’s elbow trapped in front of Blue’s chest, and with Blue’s elbow deep to the far side of White’s face Blue can safely sit back Judo style.

Note that Blue keeps his

grip on White’s leg for the moment. This stops any chance White has to roll away.

Blue has various options for moving into side control from here.