Sit Through (a.k.a. Sit Out) from Turtle Guard

BJJ Sit Through Technique
Technique Set Up: 

While this technique can be performed whenever in bottom Turtle Guard, it is frequently used after a failed Double Leg Takedown

Technique Description: 

The specific Sit Through technique steps will depend on how your opponent is controlling you from Turtle Guard.  Your opponent could be:

  1. Focusing their weight on top of you with their arms floating at your sides
  2. Underhooking one or both shoulders (particularly if you ended up in bottom Turtle Guard after a failed Double Leg Takedown)
  3. Focusing their weight on top of you while gripping your torso (hands locked around your stomach)

The first two situations are the most common in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as there is limited benefit to locking your hands around someone from top Turtle Guard.  It could be used to stall, or to briefly rest, but eventually the person on top is likely going to transition to a back-take attempt or some other sort of offensive technique that will put them in one of the first two situations.

Situation #1:  Floating Arms

  1. Pick a side to sit through.  You could select a side based on the positioning of your opponent (i.e. If he is falling off you to one side it would make sense to sit thorugh the opposite side) but it's much less important to pick a side quickly rather than trying to figure out which side to sit through.
  2. Poke your head out to the side you are going to sit through.  
  3. Post your foot on the mat on the side you are going to sit through.  (Step #2 and #3 can/should be done together)
  4. Reach up and grab the arm of the side you are going to sit through and clamp it down with your arm into your body
  5. Your opposite-side arm should be posting on the mat with your forearm or with your hand
  6. Your opposite-side leg sits through as you shuck your opponent's arm, look to the ceiling, and pressure your head back into your opponent.
  7. Rotate away from your opponent's head to come up on top of their back.  

Situation #2:  Underhooking Shoulder

Situation #3:  Locked Hands under Torso


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