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Approach to open guard attacks


Approach to open guard attacks

When talking about an approach to open guard attacks, mine is simple. If you can’t get under them, knock them backwards. So, a big part of my theory to this type of situations is to get deep UNDER an opponent so that you can lift and elevate them into vulnerable position from which attacks often succeed. Any kind of lifting attack will require you to get under an opponent’s center of gravity. Pretty soon opponents will figure that out and start backing away from you to prevent you getting under them. That’s when you must start adjusting the direction of your initial attack from under and forwards to backwards in the same direction as their defensive movement. Playing these two games against each other as a dilemma pairing will make you a very dangerous attacker from open guard. Here, Savarese BJJ Academy (bergencountybjj.com) student Leo attempts to get under his opponent to apply this approach. In addition, you can find another article we wrote about the open guard here : https://njbjj.com/open-guard-tips-in-bjj/