Mind Blown Module 10 Closed Guard – Delaware Q & A

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  1. Kevin D November 24, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Hi Henry. Please could you tell me what you’d do if your partner posts on your biceps to stand whilst inside your closed guard.
    Either a) thumb up, fingers down in the arm pits, or b) by covering the biceps with his palms.
    Thank you!

  2. David L November 24, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Hi Henry, I feel like when I try and break my opponents posture, I am not able to get my opponent’s arms where they need to be for a submission. It’s almost like I am good at halfway breaking their posture, but I can’t completely get them off balance like you. I think it’s probably a timing issue and alsomy legs and arms not working in sync but can you give some tips about this. Also do you at all find it harder to break posture on bigger opponents. Thanks!

  3. Bobby H November 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Henry, I’ve find once I’m using my legs and arms together it’s quite easy to break the posture of most people, however when you come up against people who use your inside the closed guard methods of rounding the back and using the hips to adjust to the posture break attempts its obviously a lot more difficult, is there anything you do differently to break someone down who knows how to behave in the guard?

  4. Randy J November 24, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    How do you recommend dealing with an opponent who drives their elbows into your legs to break open your closed guard?

  5. Francisco F November 24, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    What arm position should I exactly looking for or setting up to get the one step classic armbar from the guard. I practice the hip up drill and understand that I need to turn my head and just secure a wrist before I shoot my hips up, but sometimes their arm or posture is in a place that prevents me from getting it and I can’t quite figure out what is making the difference between a successful and failed attempt.
    I second Bobby H’s question

  6. Matt M November 24, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Can you please discuss some of the hidden details in taking the back from the closed guard? Thanks!

  7. Jonathan G November 25, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Hi Henry, this question is about dealing with the sleeve grip. What do you do if they grab the sleeve but they pin your arm to your body? I know that when I’m on top, I usually get sleeve control when an arm happens to be resting down near their body and they aren’t aware of it. I’ll grab the sleeve and kind of stiff arm pin it near the solar plexus area. But it’s happened to me on the bottom as well. Thanks!

  8. Andrew W November 25, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Please show a high-percentage arm bar set up from closed guard bottom. I think in previous modules you have said that an indicator is if the opponent has his arms outside your legs but are there any other reliable set-ups or “sequences” to use?? I am presuming the guarder will be using your “two-step” angle off then bite down with legs, quick-fire method to attack the arm. Many thanks for all your expert guidwnde.

  9. Andrew W November 25, 2017 at 9:53 am

    See above. Last word should say “guidance” ha ha!

  10. Randy J November 25, 2017 at 10:06 am

    How do you deal with your opponent using the can opener to break your closed guard. I realize my questions are more guard passing counters questions but I have most of your lessons and don’t remember seeing your take on dealing with these situations. Thanks Randy!

  11. Eric S November 25, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Henry, I have been working on your quick single-step armbar from guard. I am able to use my legs to break my opponent’s posture and force them to post weight onto my chest, but the moment I open my legs to shoot my hips up for the armbar, they are able to immediate push up and regain posture. It is almost as if the pulling of my legs creates a spring-loaded tension in my opponent’s arms that releases immediately upon my legs opening. Do you have any advice about the proper timing or pulling energy that we should be using to make this armbar work? Thanks as always!

  12. Austin H November 25, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Henry, what are some good options when your opponent manages to trap your arm behind, as in the “arm behind the back guard break and pass” you teach? Thank you in advance!

  13. jesper s November 25, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Henry!

    Could you cover to go from open guard to closed guard? It is really hard to put closed guard on a high level grappler!

    Thanx /Jesper

  14. Keegan Y November 25, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Hi Henry,

    I really like your method hip escaping to bring your chest to your opponent’s elbow/arm during the Kimura. But I am finding that some higher belts will turn their palm “up” (on the Kimura arm), post on my opposite side leg (my left leg if I am attacking the arm to my right side/their left arm) with their other arm, step over my leg, and move to my back to kill my Kimura and start threatening attacks from the back (or just secure a Seatbelt).

    Is there a counter to this or some way that I can prevent this from happening, or should I simply switch to the Back Escapes module techniques and accept that this is just one of the legitimate defenses to this style of Kimura? Or, is there perhaps a Kimura set up that you like from Closed Guard which makes it harder for your opponent to do this counter?

    Thanks as always for the amazing instruction and taking the time to do these super helpful Q&A’s!

  15. Richard A November 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    If the opponent has good posture on the knees it can be difficult to uproot them to pull them toward you with the legs. What strategies do you use to disrupt their balance e.g. Wait for them to move jerk weight to progress their pass or knock them back with your hips and then pull when they resist. Or something else entirely??

  16. Carl C November 25, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Hey Henry,

    Can you show a couple of set ups that you use for the one step armbar u showed in yer closed guard attacks module?
    Thanks Carl

  17. William B November 25, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Hey Henry,
    What do you like to do when you’re fighting a guy who likes to have his posture broken and actually puts himself there. But they play very safe there keeping the arms bent on your body with basically their forearms touching your chest and they constantly follow your hips to square back up every time you try to hip escape out to get an angle on them. I see it often with MMA fighters. They will use the position to ground and pound.

  18. Clint S November 26, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Hi Henry. My question relates to the arm bar you do at 1.30 of module 9 (Dealing with the sleeve grip). What are your anchor points both to the ground and on your partner, how do you generate that speed. And what are the micro ‘steps’ involved in this armbar.
    You seem to:
    1. Cross their arm past your center line
    2. Open your legs and draw legs towards your head (at this point your hips are still on the ground and your legs more or less straight).
    3. Then as your hips come off the ground there’s a slight angle occurring, but relative to your partner your hips seem to come straight up, as you project your hips up.
    4. The leg clamps on the upper back, you cut more angle and the leg passes over the head – in one quick succession.

    Do I have this right? What are you using as base to create that level of speed with your hips? Shoulders on the ground or tension on their arm? Or both? Are there any priories to concentrate on to master this method of arm-bar?

    All this takes place in one second on the film, so it’s tricky to make out exactly what’s happening in the order and flow of the technique. Would you mind breaking this down for us please?
    Clint (Australia)

  19. James B November 26, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Is it possible to do a no gi variation of the xande sweep?

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