Mind Blown Module 15 Vale Tudo Open Guard – Louisville Kentucky Q&A

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  1. John Taylor May 6, 2018 at 5:07 am

    Hi Henry, What’s the best way to control someone who has broken ur Guard and uses Multiple Strikes as a mean’s to Passing ur Guard via Distraction. Thank’s in advance 🤙🏻 Jonn T….

  2. Keegan Y May 6, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Henry, what would be your solution to someone sprawling hard against your Scissor Sweep but also not committing their weight into you (more just flattening out on the ground)? It is very hard to load them for the Reverse Scissor Sweep when they do this.

    I assume that, conceptually, you would try to come forwards to try to take them down to get on top, but do you have a specific Takedown you like to do from this situation? Thanks.

  3. Carl C May 7, 2018 at 5:18 am

    Hey Henry what set ups for submissions do you use from open guard/knee shield ?? Thx Carl

  4. Jeff W May 7, 2018 at 9:24 am


    What do you do from open guard when the opponent bring a knee up in front of them in combat base (other knee is on the ground). You have a sweep for this scenario in the ‘sweeps system’ module where you hook the butt with your foot and take them over; but I find it a little challenging to get into this sweep from knee shield guard because of the long range. Any alternative solutions and tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  5. Richard A May 7, 2018 at 11:53 am

    When using my open guard on my back I feel that if I extend my legs too much the opponent can grab my legs, throw my legs and run around etc. I try to deal with this in the usual way (leg circles, stripping grips etc) but I feel that gravity and mobility make it a battle I will eventually lose when all I have is a reactive defence. How do you turn the curve to make your open guard proactive to put the opponent on the defensive rather than purely reacting to their attempts to pass, something that must be more challenging when strikes are involved?

  6. Eric S May 7, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Henry, I have been working on the quick armbar when the opponent leaves their hand resting on top of our leg (Unit 13), and I am having trouble forcing my opponent to fall forward and extend their arm. As soon as I slide my knee shield leg off their chest, they are able to yank their arm back to defend. Would you mind talking a little bit more about what we should be doing to get our opponent off balance and straighten their arm? Thanks for your help!

  7. David L May 7, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Henry,

    I have found it difficult to scissor sweep bigger bellied opponents and was just curious what your thoughts are about this. It seems that because of the bigger belly, my ankle connects to one side of the hip, but my shin and knee are not able to fully make a connection to the other side of the hip because of the roundness of the belly. Do I need to change the angle of my upper body to get this to work. Should I still be able to scissor sweep if only my ankle connects to the hip? Thanks!

  8. James B May 11, 2018 at 11:07 am

    What is your opinion on using a wrester’s switch?

  9. Ben L May 17, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    .Greetings. When I try your open guard, my partner simply grabs my ankles, stands up, flings my legs aside and runs around to the side. He says he would never fight this open guard from his knees. We ask, is this defense intended for an untrained attacker? Thanks.

  10. Mohamad H June 20, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Hi Henry!
    I know the open guard is used primarily for people on their knees who wants to strike you. What happens if they decide to stand up and perhaps attempt to kick/stomp you? Will you go for the take down?

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