How to bring a standing opponent to the ground from the closed guard

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  1. Jeffrey S January 4, 2017 at 11:54 am

    That’s a new one for me☺️

  2. Jorge S January 26, 2017 at 5:53 am

    From a self defense point of view, should we be concerned about a headbutt or punch when the attacker is coming down fast. Or do you use your hands to deflect this type of strike. Great material as always.

    • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 5:40 am

      For self defense purposes once they get posture I would break and use open guard to create distance. In fighting we always want to be too close or too far away. We never want to be in the range the opponent needs to do damage.

  3. MICHAEL L March 28, 2017 at 11:00 am

    A new one for me as well! I like that it seemingly keeps him in your attack zone, as opposed to the more common back sweep which puts him farther from your attacks and gives him footlocking potential.

    • Henry A March 30, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      Yup! The sweep is a great tool too if you know how to get on top quickly and know how to sweep properly but if you have a strong closed guard you can definitely frustrate your opponent and make him waste a lot of energy with this.

  4. Derrick G April 6, 2017 at 5:54 am


  5. Hugh N May 30, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Is there anything that can be done when you go against a wrestler who bases out wide with his legs and tries to choke you with his arm like the way the wrestler in Gracie In Action 1 did to Rickson? It looked like Rickson was having a hard time but finally was able to get an arm lock.

    • Henry A June 15, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Yes there’s always something you can do, but there is not one answer, it all depends on what he’s doing and how he reacts…

  6. Brian J June 22, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Henry,

    Has anyone else had an issue with this sweep when your partner secures a sleeve grip before they stand to pass? I haven’t been able to do this sweep with only one hand free to block an ankle. Any feedback is appreciated :)

  7. zamy y October 24, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Hi hery could you please explain us what pedro sauer is doing in this video

    It’s look similar of what you show us but it’s not

    • Henry A October 26, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      He’s transferring weight to the side Pete, the blackbelt is trying to stand with, I prefer to use the kick over sweep from here but I teach the transfer of weight also once they get one leg up to prevent them from fully standing. It can be done before they get the first leg up, like Pedro is teaching or once they get the first leg up to prevent them from getting the second leg up

  8. John B August 13, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    What do you do if the standing opponent has a staggered stance so you can’t reach both ankles?
    And what do you do if the standing opponent secures your sleeve before standing?

    • Henry A October 1, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Hard to stand with a staggered stance from closed guard, usually the legs come underneath first then they will try to stagger after. As for them securing the sleeve, I reach behind my head with my hand and use my whole body to stretch, this breaks their posture and makes their arm vulnerable to attack

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