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October, 2014
Closed Guard Review

We have worked the concepts, strategies, set ups and techniques of closed guard for the last few weeks so just wanted to cliff note some of the important bits so you don’t forget.

Hip pressure and movement.

Pressing your hips in to create pressure and developing a vicious hip twist for unbalancing.

Posture and pressure in guard.

Just because you are laid down doesn’t mean that you don’t have to worry about posture and pressure; curl your heels in, get your butt off the floor and put your weight through your partners hips and legs. Always look to be breaking their posture and unbalancing their base.

Countering attempts to open your guard.

Do not allow your guard to be opened if it is not on your terms. Only open if you have to or if you want to, don’t wait until it has been opened.

If they put their knee in your tail bone to pressure your guard, move off their knee to the inside and square up again.

If they put their knee in your tail bone to pressure your guard, move off their knee to the outside and work hip twist to unbalance or sweep them.

If they put their knee in your tail bone to pressure your guard and reach down to push pressure your leg, 2 0n 1 grip to arm drag, don’t let them square back up.

If they put their knee in your tail bone to pressure your guard and reach down to pressure your leg with the elbow, push the arm in and shoot for a triangle.

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If they try to stand wait until one knee is just barely off the ground then curl them back in and break their posture.

If they continue to try to stand, place all your weight through one of their hips, by doing this you will know which leg they are going to lift. Curl your hips in and break their posture again.

If they manage to get one flat foot on the floor whilst they still kneel on the other knee go to flower sweep or variation.

If they fully stand, hold in front of their shins and curl your hips in hard to bring them back down.

While curling your hips in and breaking posture, try to guide both of their hands to one side of your body, grip and don’t let then escape the near side arm. Switch to worlds tightest choke, driving the head sweep, arm bar or go to the back.

If their hands go either side of your body, set up the shallow underhook series:

  1. Gable grip kimura
  2. Reverse grip kimura with bent wrist
  3. Wrist lock
  4. If they straighten the arm; elbow crush.
  5. If they circle off the elbow crush; Americana, triangle, gogoplata, back take
  6. If they straighten the arm again; belly down armbar, Judo web turnover


Or over hook brabo grip series:

  1. Collar choke
  2. Elbow crush
  3. Frank Mir
  4. Triangle
  5. Omaplata
  6. Omaplata with collar choke
  7. Belly down arm bar


If they break your guard or you open it, switch to scissor position and reclaim closed guard.

If they break guard and go to combat base, grip the opposite collar, shoot your hips back, snap them down and reclaim closed guard.

If they break guard and go to combat base, grip the opposite collar, shoot your hips in and close your guard again. Grip the same side arm as the collar, use the hip twist for a simple sweep.

If they fully stand and you open guard, drop your legs to unstoppable sweep.

If they fully stand and lift you, continue to sit up, pummel for an underhook then bail out to single leg takedown.

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