Scissor Sweep

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  1. Neal W March 29, 2017 at 9:40 am


  2. Randy J March 29, 2017 at 10:56 am

    If they drop their weight on your leg and sprawl how should you deal with this situation? Thanks

    • Henry A March 30, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      you can go back to the closed guard or use the reverse sweep, but they really need to sprawl, knees off the ground hips smashing to stop it, simply leaning forward to jam will not stop this scissor sweep, it actually helps create more connection

  3. Anthony C March 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    This will be the only thing I work on in class tonight!

    • Henry A March 30, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      It will be well worth the time I promise!

  4. Carl C March 29, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Hey Henry,
    Can u do this sweep if someone lays on yer leg??
    Great sweep!!!!

    • Henry A March 30, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Yes, if they lean forward it still works!, only doesn’t work if they sprawl out, in which case we use the reverse, or can always go back to the closed guard.

  5. William B March 30, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I’ve been to two Rickson seminars and he taught this both times but he left out many of these details! This is gold!!

    • Henry A March 30, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      :) it’s like magic when it’s done right

  6. Andrew W March 30, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    This is THE best explanantion of this so called ‘basic’ technique I have ever come across in either a live class or instructional. I do have one question. Does the angle of the leg across the hips have to exactly 90 degrees or can it be greater? (And when I ask that I understand you should not allow your leg to be compressed so your ankle is over nearer your butt). Any further guidance would be greatly appreciated.

    • Henry A March 30, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Yes try to keep the angle of the leg more than 90, it just needs to be slight though. you can always create this by moving yourself with a hip movement then shoulder movement. Once you have it down, you will still be able to scissor sweep even when your opponents torso folds over your leg, like they are trying to jam you. Its so awesome, once you get this sweep down you only need a couple others to be able to sweep from any situation.

      • Jeffrey S March 31, 2017 at 4:41 am

        So instead of cutting out the leg from under him, you are using the bottom leg more to stabilize him while the leg across the stomach is extending and rotating his torso over the hip of the sweeping side. This is why he can have a doorway wide base and still be swept…You are more or less corkscrewing his base more than just sweeping out the leg…Am I close???

  7. Juristian A March 30, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Damn, that was good

  8. Gerald B March 31, 2017 at 6:12 am

    I used this the other night after learning it. It works great. The only problem I had was if the opponent really spreads the legs, which we resolved by angling more toward the sweeping side. Thanks!!!

  9. Doug H March 31, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Brilliant, thanks Henry !!

  10. Carl C April 2, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Hey Henry, are going to show any sweeps from the knee shield or ooen guard?? Great course. I was never a fan of the scissor sweep, now after watching 3-4 times, i ve hit the sweep every time, ive been using it with your knee shield & ping ponging your opponent, works Great with armlocks & triangles, thanks Henry

  11. Jeffrey B April 3, 2017 at 4:00 am

    My first attempts at this were an epic failure – Perhpas I was not totally on my side. It’s too good to give up on though and I know it will be worth the effort.

  12. Kenneth C April 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    That was amazing.

  13. Carl C April 9, 2017 at 9:46 am



    • Henry A April 11, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      I’m extending my leg, straightening it out, not pushing them over. I attack the corner of their hip

  14. Keegan Y April 10, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu! I have always really wanted to be able to make the scissor sweep work, but always had trouble against big, strong, athletic, and higher skilled people due to them keeping their base low and wide and not recklessly pressuring in (which seems like the only way the scissor sweep as taught by seemingly everyone else works). This method is just so much more efficient and has restored my faith in this technique! Thanks again!

    • Henry A April 11, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      You’re welcome! :)

      • Keegan Y April 18, 2017 at 10:53 am

        Henry, what do you do if the opponent comes up off their base and “hips in” similar to blocking a Hip Bump Sweep? When this happens it seems like they can create a frame with their feet which destroys my ability to push through their Hip with my leg and/or create rotation/the sweep.

        • Henry A June 19, 2017 at 6:42 pm

          You can put them back in closed guard or do the reverse scissor sweep

  15. Martin M W April 15, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    I have tried the sweep a few times live and my success seems to depend upon the bite I have from my bottom leg. Otherwise, I don’t seem to be able to make the connection with my shin to my opponent’s hip to spin them out. Am I overstating the importance of the bottom leg to accomplish the sweep?

    • Henry A June 19, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Nope, bottom leg is very important to kill base

  16. John Taylor November 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    The No-Gi Staying on top after the arm is lost is a complete mind melt!😊🤙🏻 I can think of a few move’s that this would help with the ending, to stay on top. Excellent stuff Professor 🙏….

  17. John Taylor December 5, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    If anyone’s not quite sure of the direction of the sweeping leg, there’s a photo out there showing the direction with a yellow arrow (I think but not sure it’s on this site somewhere. It’s more forward, taking the outside of the hip out, as opposed to the usual side way’s left to right….

  18. John Taylor December 5, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Or right to left for all you Orthodox guy’s 😊🤙🏻…

  19. Jeff D October 15, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!

  20. Dennis O October 31, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    This has been my go-to sweep ever since I’ve watched this. I’m usually in that knee shield position and I am in a position to hit this sweep a lot. Shooting that leg across after the sweep is golden. I was able to keep position on a much bigger opponent today in my roll. Just loving all the technique using less strength! Thank you, Professor!

  21. Tom D September 28, 2019 at 5:39 am

    How is it possible that you taught this years ago and it still works today ;-) Excellent explanation of the fine details. Cheers

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