8 Essential BJJ Sweeps

From the bottom position in BJJ, the objective is to attack for submissions or sweep your opponent off their base.  Depending upon how your opponent attacks from the top, there are a wide range of sweeps that can be used effectively.  In this video, BJJ champions Marcos Ratinho and Thiago…

Half Guard to Hook Sweep

The half guard is a useful transitional position used commonly to defend as well as attack. From the half guard position, the hook sweep enables the person on bottom to rotate their opponent onto their back and transition to a dominant across-side top position. BJJ World Champion Zorobabel Moreira demonstrates.

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.

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…

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 To Scissor Sweep

The spider guard allows great control of your opponent’s arms and opens up many opportunities to sweep. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Bruno Pucci teaches how to sweep a kneeling opponent with the scissors sweep from spider guard and take the mount position.

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.

Turtle Position Escape To Side Control

Learning to escape from potentially vulnerable positions gives a BJJ practitioner great confidence. One such position is when a person turtles up to avoid an attack. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches how to escape from turtle position and obtain side control.

Upa Escape

In a fight there are few positions that are worse to find yourself in than being pinned on your back beneath an opponent’s mount. The person on top has virtually free reign to throw powerful punches and apply submissions, while the person on bottom has very few options to counter…

Defense Against Double Ankle Grab Sweep

From a top position, it is important that you prevent your opponent from sweeping you to your back, as being swept will reduce your positional advantage over your opponent. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Takeo Tani teaches a defense against the double ankle grab sweep.

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.…