Breaking the Guard

 BJJ Technique - Breaking the guard open
Technique Description: 

"The first rule of breaking your opponent's guard open from no gi is do not get into your opponent's closed guard in the first place." 

I've always hated this type of flippant advice, but there is something to be said for being intentional about not voluntarily entering into your opponent's closed guard, and this is even more important in no-gi as it is considerably more difficult to escape.

Technique #1:  Hands to Biceps

  1. Place both hands on opponent's biceps, just next to their arm pits, both hands using a Monkey Grip
  2. Stand up with your butt sticking out, leaning with all your weight on your opponent's biceps
  3. Slide knee in between opponent's legs - find the tailbone with your knee, and pressure upwards from tailbone (this happens to be a very sensitive area to experience knee pressure)
  4. Sit down with your knee pressuring forward which should break open the guard
  5. If your opponent has very long legs, and their guard is unbroken, continue pressing forward with your knee until your opponent opens their legs

Technique #2:  Hands to rib cage

  1. Place both hands under opponent's rib cage, with your palms pressing into the soft part of your opponent's torso, keeping your elbows in*
  2. Scoot your butt out until opponent's legs break open
  3. Alternatively, if your opponent has very long legs, and you are having difficulty breaking them, fit your knee into the space created, and press forward with your knee/leg until your opponent opens their legs

Technique #3:  Hands to pelvis

  1. Place both hands under opponent's pelvis, with your palms pressing just under your opponent's hip bone, keeping your elbows in* and pressing down, pinning opponent's hips to the mat
  2. Scoot your butt out until opponent's legs break open

*Keeping your elbows in is important to prevent your opponent from countering your guard break attempt by attacking your loose elbows.

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