Closed Guard

  • BJJ Concepts: Otavio Sousa Helps You to Build a Strong Closed Guard Game

    In a new series, we bring you some of the best black belts in the business to explain basic concepts of some of the most used techniques in BJJ. We start with 3X black belt world champion teaching his secrets to a powerful closed guard game. Learn how to...
  • Exclusive: Roger Gracie teaches an easy to do sweep from closed guard

    10X world champion Roger Gracie returns to teach a simple and effective way to sweep the opponent when playing closed guard. As with everything in Roger’s game, the secret to the effectiveness lies on the smallest details....
  • Leandro Lo Teaches the Crossed-Legs Closed Guard Sweep

    Leandro lo  is always surprising his opponents with new techniques. Here you can learn the workings of a closed guard sweep where he keeps his legs crossed. As you can see, he successfully used this technique at the recent 2016 Worlds, against Keenan Cornelius. Watch and learn....
  • The Guard: Essential Vocabulary

    The guard is arguably what made jiu-jitsu famous. To the untrained eye, the bottom man is in great danger, but armed with an understanding of the guard, he has the tools to reverse the position or to end the fight right then and there. Royce Gracie put this revelation...
  • Abraham Marte: Sequence From the Posture Break

      Smart jiu-jitsu athletes will often have more than one option when they attack. Many of the techniques demonstrated by Abraham are from the double hand posture break and he utilizes a sequence of transitions from this position. 1. When you go to take the back, your opponent may...
  • Abraham Marte: Breaking Posture from Closed Guard

    Breaking your opponent’s posture is extremely important when setting up attacks from the closed guard. It’s one of the things you’ll hear your professor telling you to do at an early stage. Controlling his posture will prevent him from easily opening your closed guard, and eventually passing. It also...
  • André Galvão Exploring Closed Guard: Closed Guard To Back

    In Issue 35 we interviewed one of our favorite jiu-jitsu athletes, Andre Galvao. Andre’s always up for showing our readers some sick techniques and this was no exception.   Closed Guard To Back This is a back take from the closed guard that relies on your opponent to react...