Mind Blown Module 14 Vale Tudo – Closed Guard – Kentucky Q&A

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  1. James B May 6, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    What do you think of williams guard? It is pretty similar to your overhook however you bring your leg up and connect your hands in a L grip almost like a non flexible rubber guard. I’ve seen roger use this a lot in no gi.

  2. Keegan Y May 6, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Henry, do you have an alternative Sweep if the opponent comes up on both feet when they square back up with you?

    The kick over Sweep works great for me if they are on one foot (and still ok if they are on both knees) but not so well if they come up on both feet.

    Would you just wait till they are square and use the Trippd Sweep? Or is there a Sweep you like during the transition? Thanks.

    • Keegan Y May 7, 2018 at 5:49 am

      Tripod Sweep, sorry for the typo

  3. Carl C May 7, 2018 at 5:09 am

    Hey Henry,

    In the context of striking how would you set up an armbar?? Im talking about the traditional one where u throw the leg over yer opponents head. Thanks, Great courses on Vale Tudo Carl

  4. Jeff W May 7, 2018 at 9:47 am


    If your opponent manages to get free of your head and arm wrap, and sit up on their knees, do you generally prefer going to knee shield guard or pulling them back down again and swimming to the outside. I know it’s probably not an ‘either/or’ answer, but would appreciate your thoughts on this scenario. Thanks!

  5. Richard A May 7, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I am unsure when to transition from closed guard to open guard when the opponent has posture. For example, the opponent is on their knees with good posture, when strikes are involved I feel that unless I can make them carry my weight with my leg pull, I should open my legs and use a knee shield to keep me safe from strikes. What is your approach in this situation and when do you feel the timing to open your guard?

  6. Eric S May 7, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Henry, When I have my opponent in the trap (Unit 14), I am able to prevent them from posturing up, but I am having difficulty preventing them from doing a forward roll to escape (similar to rolling in order to escape an omoplata). Is there anything we should be doing or thinking about to prevent this escape? Thanks as always!

  7. John Taylor May 8, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Henry, What would be your advice on someone getting Posture then striking from inside your closed guard. Is it best to bring them in or Open ur Guard for distance?. Much appreciated….

  8. Bobby H May 8, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Henry, I noticed that most of the offense in the closed guard are heel strikes and elbows, there is also the triangle and some armlocks from the trap, my question is regarding the cross choke or guillotine if you were looking to end the fight as in as peaceful a way as possible, are there any dangers or considerations you would have to be aware of in going for the cross choke/guillotine given that strikes are possible? Many thanks.

  9. William B May 10, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    What do you do when you are in the trap and the opponent reaches back with their arm and grabs your ankle of the foot on the hip and stuffs it in between their legs. This happens to me slot and once the foot is stuffed I feel like I lose all offense from guard and are close to being passed. Thanks. Amazing course by the way.

  10. Jimmy C May 11, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Hi Henry,

    The “trap” position you taught seems to be halfway to finishing an omoplata. Do you advise going for an omoplata when striking is involved? And if so, what are the hidden details in executing an effective omoplata? As always, thank you for sharing such valuable information with us.

  11. Jason B July 30, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Just now watched this Q & A Amazing details and this will fix several issues I’ve had while adapting these ideas!

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