Tuesday, July 26, 2005

BJJ Move #39: Scissors Sweep from Guard

Here's a standard way to take the mount from guard.

WARNING! These techniques could result in serious injury or death if practiced incorrectly or even if performed correctly. They should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.

Scissors Sweep from Guard:

You have your opponent in your closed guard.
Slide your right hand under your opponent’s right gi collar and grab his right sleeve by his elbow your left hand (if he isn't wearing a shirt, grab his right tricep and right shoulder).
Place your right foot on the ground and turn onto your left hip as you scoot your butt to the right (same hip movement as in the elbow escape—described in later post).
Slide your right shin across his waist, keeping your right foot hooked around the left side of his belly/chest. Put your left foot/leg flat on the ground next to your opponent's right knee.
Slide your left shoulder back. If your opponent is not wearing a gi, move your right hand to grab the back of his neck.
Using your arms and legs at the same time, bring your opponent toward you at a 45-degree angle; your legs scissor, with your right leg right moving him to your left, and your left calf/heel sweeping his legs to your right.
As your opponent falls over, climb up into the front mount.
This sweep works best when his base is relatively narrow and he’s sitting up a little. When attempting this move, if your opponent simply lets you pull his head down and collapses onto you, preventing you from turning him over, simply apply a guillotine choke.

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