Juji Gatame From Guard

From the bottom guard position you can attack for submissions and sweeps.  The development of an active guard will ensure that your opponent stays on the defensive from the top position.  Arm locks are one of the most high percentage submissions from the guard position.  In this video, BJJ No-Gi…

7 Drills To Improve Guard

The development of a strong guard is a skill that will serve you well in BJJ.  The guard is a defensive position that is played from the bottom.  With a strong guard, you can completely shut down an opponent’s offensive attacks.  It will give you the confidence to play the…

Recover The Guard From Double Underhooks Pass

Developing a strong guard is one of the key skills every Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner must work towards. If an opponent is able to secure the top position, you must have a strong enough guard to prevent them from passing into side control or mount. In this video, you will learn…

Arm Bar From Guard

The “arm bar” is a straight arm lock that utilizes power in the hips and back muscles to apply pressure to the elbow joint of your opponent. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa demonstrates how to apply this versatile submission hold from the guard position.

The Guillotine Choke

The guillotine choke is a fundamental submission hold that is relatively easy to apply. Despite it’s apparent simplicity, a well-applied guillotine choke can finish opponents at any skill level. In this lesson, BJJ World Silver Medalist Almiro Barros teaches an arm-in version of the guillotine choke from the guard position.

Arm Lock From Guard #2

The “arm bar” is a straight arm lock that utilizes power in the hips and back muscles to apply pressure to the elbow joint of your opponent. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa demonstrates how to apply this versatile submission hold from the guard position.

Under Arm Collar Choke

The under arm collar choke is another highly effective stranglehold, which is applied using the collar of the opponent’s gi or street clothes. Often catching an opponent by surprise, this choke may be applied to great effect before an opponent is fully aware of the danger. In this lesson, BJJ…

Collar Choke From Close Guard

The collar choke involves manipulating the jacket or gi collar as a method for making an opponent submit. It will render a person unconscious if the choke is not released. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa demonstrates how to apply the collar choke from the guard position.

Elbow Escape From Side Control

The elbow escape is one of the most important moves from the bottom position. By using efficient movement of the hips in coordination with the arms, it can be used many ways to escape an opponent’s hold and improve your position. From the bottom in side control, BJJ World Champion…

Elbow Escape

The elbow escape is one of the most important moves from the bottom position. By using efficient movement of the hips in coordination with the arms, it can be used many ways to escape an opponent’s hold and improve your position. From the bottom in mount, BJJ World Champion Leandro…

Elevator Sweep

Using the guard to unbalance an opponent can create opportunities to sweep them onto their back. From the scissors sweep position in the open guard, BJJ World Champion Zorobabel Moreira teaches how to use the elevator sweep to obtain the mount position.

Escape From Side Control – Leg Over

The elbow escape from bottom position can create many opportunities to gain the upper hand in a fight as grapplers scramble and transition from one position to the next. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches an escape from side control. The leg over position allows great control…

Pendulum Sweep

From the guard position, skillful movement of the hips can be used effectively to generate momentum and unbalance your opponent, allowing you to sweep. By sweeping your opponent to their back and improving your position you increase the number of attacks available to you and decrease the number of options…

Pull To Close Guard

The “guard” position, when used correctly, can allow a person to control and finish a stronger opponent from a potentially vulnerable bottom position on the ground. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa demonstrates how to pull an opponent into the guard from a standing position.

Scissor Sweep Variation

Using the guard to unbalance an opponent can create opportunities to sweep them onto their back. A more seasoned fighter may attempt to block your sweep by posting with an arm or leg. From the scissor sweep position in the open guard, BJJ World Champion Zorobabel Moreira teaches a variation…

Spider Guard Drill

Another style for controlling your opponent from the guard is known as spider guard. Not only is spider guard an effective method for setting up submissions and sweeps, but it also makes attack very difficult for your opponent. In this lesson BJJ No Gi World Champion Bruno Pucci teaches a…

Spider Guard To Spring Sweep

The spider guard not only provides excellent control of your opponent’s arms but also affords great freedom of movement in your hips. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Bruno Pucci teaches how use hip movement in the spider guard to swing beneath a standing opponent and execute the…

Tomoenage To Mount Position

Commonly an attacker in top position will lean down and forward. Tomoenage is a technique from guard which utilizes this momentum to flip an opponent over their head and onto their back. BJJ World Champion Zorobabel Moreira teaches how to use tomoenage to sweep and take the mount position.

Circling The Leg Drill

Developing an impassable guard takes time and practice. By drilling efficient movement of the hips and building dexterity with your legs, you will begin to react quickly and intelligently to your opponent’s attempts to pass your guard. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches a useful drill for…

Defense Against Amassa Pao

Learn to defend against the amassa pao choke without having to open your guard. In this lesson, BJJ World Silver Medalist Almiro Barros teaches how to properly turn away from the choke and remove the pressure from your neck while in the closed guard position.

Double Leg Sweep To Armbar

Using the guard to unbalance an opponent not only creates opportunities to sweep, but also helps set-up submission holds. A more seasoned fighter will often attempt to block your sweep by posting with an arm or leg, which may present the right opportunity for you to attack with a submission.…