Open Guard Defense

Create distance. Sweep. Submit.

Open Guard Defense

What are the 3 critical opportunities that appear from the open guard?

Once your closed guard is broken, the dynamics of the fight change rapidly. At that point, there are three basic opportunities to maintain dominance in the fight. 

1. You can create distance.

2. You can sweep your opponent and take the top position. 

3. There are actually quite a few opportunities to set up submissions from the open guard.

This course walks you through the hidden details of all three, including secrets of big picture strategy for the open guard you won't find anywhere else.


These 49 videos prove you are in control of far more than you think you are. 

 From the open guard, many people feel that when their opponents grip their legs, they no longer have control. But actually, your legs are much stronger than your opponent's arms. It is you who is in control. And I'm going to prove it to you in this course. You won't believe how simple and how effective this approach is, and when you do it yourself you will be amazed.

 What you decide to do from the open guard will depend on your understanding of fight strategy. For example, in order to sweep your opponent, you need them to commit their weight forward. But if they're hesitant to approach or they're stalling, how do you get them to commit their weight forward? I will show you how to force them to, or else give you the takedown and top position. Heads you win, tails they lose.

 There is a Jiu-Jitsu specific movement covered in the Solo Drills course that appears often in this Open Guard Defense strategy. This movement is the secret weapon for how to create distance fast and keep your opponent at the distance you choose.  

 There are more devastating strikes and submissions available from the open guard than you've ever dreamed of. Let me show you. Bonus: you will also learn the secrets Rickson showed us, that he developed when he was expected to fight wrestlers who were content to ground and pound from inside the guard, which allow you to hit your opponents with devastating strikes, yet stay completely safe from them being able to strike you. This one is true Jiu-Jitsu magic. 

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Skill Level: Basic - Advanced

What Will I Learn?

 If you've ever seen the fight between Renzo Gracie and Oleg Taktarov, you know how devastating strikes can be from the open guard. But I'm going to show you the strikes Rickson taught us, and also the secret to staying perfectly safe while you do so. You will be able to hit them, but they will not be able to hit you. How is that possible? I reveal it all in the course.

 I'm going to show you how to set up your sweeps and bait your opponent to give you everything you need to make sweeps effortless, or else they'll give you even more, like easy takedowns so you can just move straight to the top position without having to sweep in the first place. 

 You will learn an absolutely wicked triangle setup as a counter to the double under pass. If they try to trap your legs and lift your hips, you can hand them a one-way ticket to triangle city. 

 BONUS: You will learn how to completely dismantle any leg attack, including heel hooks, straight ankle lock, straight foot locks and more, at different stages of the attacks. By understanding the elements they need to set up and finish the leg attacks, you can easily break any link in the chain. If there are any leg attack specialists at your gym, you will be their number one problem when you master the material on these videos. 


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