Two Drills to Improve Your Guard Sweeps

Many of the most powerful guard sweeps rely on your hips being underneath your opponent’s center of gravity.

This makes him very unstable – think of the difference between
1. standing on the floor beside one of those stability balls, and
2. trying to stand on top of that same stability ball.

Obviously option 2 is a lot less stable.  And that’s exactly how your opponent feels when you invade the space underneath his hips. (Somehow that just sounds wrong, doesn’t it?)

So here are two great drills taught by Emily Kwok that teach you how to get underneath your opponent

Drill 1 teaches you how to use your hooks to control the distance between you and your partner (and is a KILLER core workout at the same time).  Here’s the direct link to it on Youtube or you can watch it below:

Drill 2 teaches you how to get underneath your opponent and explosively lift him off the ground.  This is another move that Marcelo Garcia uses to launch people, all the time.  Watch this drill on Youtube or on the video below:


Try both these drills and leave a comment below how they worked for you!

These drills (plus many more drills, techniques, strategies, and tips) are from the How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent 5 DVD set that I made with 3 x World Champ Emily Kwok. Check ‘em out!  I’m clearly biased but I think they’re really good!  Plus you get a 365 day unconditional moneyback guarantee, so you really don’t have much to lose…

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  1. I like! I have an active open guard for defense and submissions, but during drills where we aren’t allowed to close our guard and there are no submissions…it really showed my negligence towards sweeps. ( I had them, but I didn’t really tak advantage of them as often) Once I noticed this, I started working on it, and started really paying attention to getting under my opponents center of gravity and it made a world of difference…this is a great drill, good job you two!

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