In Part 1 of the “6 BJJ Mat Tips” article, I covered Mat Tips 1-3 (Don’t allow your opponent to get their grips, Keep your opponents head in front of their hips, and how to get into your opponent’s
“blind spot” by using angled attacks).
In Part 2, I will cover the remaining Mat Tips (#4-6) for improving your closed guard attacks:
Tip #4: Your hands must always make contact with your opponent at all times while in your guard – Far too often during a match, a grappler will establish a control grip on his opponent, then release it due to fatigue or frustration from not knowing what to do from that position. Once you break contact with your opponent and put your hands somewhere that’s not helping you during the match (e.g. behind the back of your head), you make it easier for your opponent to maintain the posture they need to eventually pass your guard.
Tip #5: Break your opponent’s base by “Driving Their Head” – Everyone has heard at one time or another to pull your opponent’s head down to your chest, but the reason why you’re doing it isn’t
always clear. Usually, grapplers pull their opponents forward to break their posture, but once you pull them forward, their immediate reaction will be to sit back up, with no benefit from pulling them down. But what if you steered your opponent’s head by turning it like you’d turn a car steering wheel? You would force them to break their own base while trying to free their head from your grip, making it easier to sweep them on one side while creating space on the other side to escape from underneath them.
Tip #6: Transition from closed to open guard BEFORE your opponent’s breaks your guard AND attack immediately – Most grapplers have heard that you shouldn’t wait until your guard is broken before you move to the next position (which tends to be open guard). Unfortunately, many grapplers transition too slowly from closed to open guard. That immediate closed-to-open guard transition should allow you to stay one step ahead of your opponent, making it easier to counter their attacks since they’re still concentrating on opening your legs to pass your guard.
And there you have the “6 BJJ Mat Tip to Improve Your Closed Guard Attacks.” Make sure that you master these tips and don’t get discouraged if your guard gets passed while trying to perfect
these tactics. With patience and persistence, you’ll have one of the most feared closed guard attacks at your academy.