Mind Blown Module 5 Sweeps – Philadelphia Scion Q & A

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  1. piotr r June 18, 2017 at 1:35 am

    question about timing Henry. Forcing a sweep rarely works for me. What is the best way to approach sweeping moment? Wait till he overcommits his weight? Get an angle first? There is concept of kazushi- offbalancing. how do I use it for sweeping and transition ito actual flip?

  2. Jeff W June 18, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Henry was curious what you do when the opponent steps really far backward to defend the sickle aka standing leg leg trip sweep, and you can’t reach their leg with yours to trip them.

  3. Adam S June 18, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I am interested in any general sweep concepts and the Hip Bump. Thanks

    • Henry A June 26, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Hey Adam, sorry I missed this question in the Q&A but I did mention the biggest concept for sweeps in there, which is to trap their base and to apply pressure to move them in the direction they have no base,

  4. Zoran T June 18, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Henry I am in the second MB group so have not yet got to the Sweeps module, however I’ve been working on your scissor sweep as per the video posted on Facebook & make it work against people my size. But I can’t yet apply it to heavier stronger people, especially higher belts as they lift & post out the leg. I feel that I have to break their posture as I normally would have but have not done so & continued to work the sweep multiple times during the roll without success. Not sure what to correct, timing, angle,leg/feet placement? Tried all of them but I’m still not there.

    • Henry A June 26, 2017 at 11:31 am

      If they are posting their leg out you will not be able to sweep them in that direction. As with any technique you will not master it in a day or week, it took me years to be able to get my scissor sweep to whereceive I felt like I could sweep most anyone with it. It comes down to practicing it enough that you are able to feel exactly what you need to get the sweep to work and then being able to replicate that with different body types and starting from different positions. In training it doesn’t work for me 100% of the time either because I’m slightly off with my timing or angle but at least I know it’s not the technique, it’s me.

  5. Matt M June 18, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Can you please show a sweep from the guard when you have your opponent’s posture broken and you have an overhook? I’m interested to know if there is a high percentage sweep available when you go for a cross collar choke, when you have the overhook, and your opponent tries to defend using their free untrapped arm. I feel like when your opponent chooses to use his arm to defend the choke, he can’t base out to defend a sweep… I just can’t find the sweep. Thanks!

  6. Mohamad H June 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    How do i deal with people who back step to counter the scissor sweep?

  7. Andrew W June 19, 2017 at 1:31 am

    As a follow-up to Matt M’s question, although I have relatively little BJJ experience, I would guess that some form of hook sweep would be used in this situation (from an overhook etc).
    If that is correct, please could you show how best to execute this? For example, I have seen some black belt instructors suggest that you should sweep to the side of the overhook and others suggest that you sweep to the ‘free’ side (using your overhook as extra leverage), as Matt M suggests. Many thanks in advance and it is fantastic to be able to ask these questions in a forum like this.

  8. Bobby H June 19, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Hi Henry, as we have seen in this module a lot of the sweeps can lead to submissions, can you maybe show how attacking submissions can set up sweeps, or how some of the sweeps can be used in combination with each other? A common example would be a hook sweep when the opponent bases out with their leg, you underhook the leg with your arm and transition to X- guard, I would like to see what options you prefer from situations like that, thanks.

  9. Kevin D June 19, 2017 at 6:25 am

    HI Henry. This module has been excellent, thank you.
    Could you tell me which are your go to sweeps once your opponent has stood and opened your guard. Would you remain on your back and look for the push pull sweep for example, or would you prefer to try to get to your feet.

  10. Eric S June 19, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Hi Henry, Do you ever use the backwards roll sweep with both feet on the hips rather than in the armpits as you show in the seminar (some people call it a balloon sweep)? If so, would you mind talking a little bit about the details that make it work?

    If there ends up being time for a second question, I am also curious about the details of the pendulum sweep (and/or flower sweep – sometimes the names are used interchangeably).

    Thanks as always for all of your help!

  11. Steve M June 19, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Any suggestions on getting to closed guard. I have trouble getting there from both a neutral position on the ground and standing

  12. Keegan Y June 19, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Henry, I’m having a lot of success with the arm drag to the back sweep, but occasionally when attempting it against really big strong guys they will posture up hard to attempt to free their arm/square up to me rather than driving back into me. This makes it harder to get to their back and doesn’t give me the forward momentum needed to pull them into the sweep. Do you have a go to counter, sweep, or submission from this reaction?

    Thanks for all the great material and help!

    • Keegan Y June 25, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Just to clarify my situation, they are sitting straight up which doesn’t allow me to take their back like you show in your Closed Guard attacks course and not pushing into me so I don’t have the forward momentum to pull them into the Back Take Sweep to Mount you show in your Sweeps Course. From there they are trying to make space to bring their arm back between us. I’ve also tried the Hip Bump from Back Take Sweep you show (when they grab your leg to stop you from taking the back), but they have been able to post to block it since their far arm is free/not holding my leg).

      Thanks again!

  13. Matt M June 20, 2017 at 4:15 am

    What do you do when you go for the one leg ankle grab sweep and the person turns their knee in and slightly rotates their hips to prevent you from turning their knee out? Is their an easy counter to this defense?

  14. Taku I June 21, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Hi professor Henry!

    when I try kick sweep, my opponent stands up so fast, so how can I force my opponent knees on the mat?

    and right after the kick sweep if my opponent posts his hands on the mat I feel so hard to sweep him.

  15. Neal W June 22, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Hi Henry, are there any other sweeps that you like from the knee slice position – one that perhaps works well in combination with the hook sweep?

  16. Marci Z June 23, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Ok. Take 2:

    What is the best way to drill a sweep? Sometimes when I try to drill something like a sweep, it’s difficult to get both people doing their part. Hope that makes sense

  17. Richard A June 24, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Butterfly Guard double underhooks.

    1. Do you like to use this as a means of attacking/sweeping?

    2. Where do you prefer to connect to their back with your arms?

    I have seen it taught as a high clinch under the armpits and as a lower back clinch head under their chin.

    3. I try to connect with my arms and bring my stomach and hips through to create pressure to stretch the opponent out and make them carry weight.

    Is this the right approach?

    Thank you

    • Henry A June 26, 2017 at 9:27 am

      1. Not really because without either arm trapped it’s more difficult to sweep with the hooks, usually is used double under hooks to pull them down and take the backids
      2. Usually high under the armpits is ideal because it makes it harder for them to pummel back in
      3. You’re stretching them out to take the back? If you’re not trapping either arm what direction are you sweeping them? Like I mentioned I feel with double unders it’s much harder to sweep because they can use the hands as posts so usually you are either pulling down to take the back or pushing them away to stand back up which is a common tactic in MMA

  18. Jeffrey S June 24, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Hi Henry,

    Still having some problems with ankle pull sweep. When my opponent’s knee and hip angles go past 90 degrees( stands more upright ), the sweep is harder to pull off; I can’t get him to sit even when my heels are biting into his hips. Is my timing off?
    Thanks. Jeff

  19. Taku I June 25, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Hi professor Henry.

    When my opponent is standing how can I u se scissor sweep?

  20. Clint S June 25, 2017 at 6:39 am

    A ‘detail’ question on the scissor sweep. If I understand correctly, we’re engaging through our ankle/shin (not the instep) on our top leg…taking them rear-ward trough that connection (not sideways)…while our bottom leg/heal bites in, holding their base in check. Are we taking them over that soft fleshy part of their ankle (i.e. between their instep and their shin – while they’re toes are pointed, and they’re ankle is flat to the mat – ballerina style) in the same way you might if you were pulling someone over when they’re in turtle? Will it matter if they’re up on their toes (i.e. would you make any adjustments for this)?

  21. Clint S June 25, 2017 at 6:46 am

    If we have time for second questions: if my timing is off, but I’m putting in the early reps on the scissor sweep, and for example my training partners goes for a smash pass, putting weight down on my top leg ( the one across their waist), what recovery tips (i.e. back to guard) would you give so I can find another attempt on the sweep?

  22. John W June 25, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Hi Henry, I’m having some trouble executing the scissor sweep as shown in the module. If I use the “knee up” method I’m able to execute, but with the knee down and across the waist I can’t seem to get the feel for. When I attempt it most of the time my partner doesn’t move. You showed that we need to push through the hip to get it to work, which I’m trying to do, but wondering if you can offer any more details to make this a more high percentage technique? Some things I’ve been working on to try to get it is to get on my side more, or to get my hips closer to my partner so when I push it has more power. I’m sure I’m missing something simple. Thanks!

    • Henry A June 26, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Finding the right distance so that your not too close and getting jammed or not too far away and don’t have power is important. Make sure your knee is angled down too and you’re on your side.

  23. Charles F August 18, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Thank you Henry! This was a great review of sweeps

  24. Jorge S August 19, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    I am concerned when the attacker is staying back and you come forward to grab his legs. He could strike with a knee or punch. Are you exposed when you try to wrap up his legs from the sitting position?

  25. John Taylor May 3, 2018 at 2:28 am

    Guillotining the arm that your Trapping work’s great for me Henry! Thank’s 🤙🏻….

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