5 Techniques From The Butterfly Guard

If there is a single style of guard that trasnfers from g1 to no-gi the best, it might be the butterfly guard. In addition to being great defensively to keep an opponent’s weight off of you and defend leg locks attacks there is considerable offence fro0m the butterfly.Sweeps, submissions and even takedowns can all be attacked from the butterfly guard position.

Top Gracie Barra Black Belt instructors show you several techniques and variations to build your butterfly guard.

read also: Bluebelt – Advice on Developing your Guard

1) Basic Butterfly Guard Sweep
Prof. Flavio Almeida of Gracie Barra Dana Point shows how to get into the basic position and demonstrates the first sweep you should master.

Gracie Barra Dana Point YouTube for more Butterfly techniques :

2) Arm Wrapped Butterfly Guard to Omoplata
In this 2nd video by Prof. Flavio Almeida, he shows how to attack with a submission once you are in the butterfly guard position

3) Arm Drag
This is a GREAT technique – especially in no-gi jiu-jitsu.
Here Prof. Draculino shows how to attack with an armdrag to catch the opponent’s back.
This is a MUST LEARN if you want to have a dangerous butterfly guard!

4) Butterfly Guard Sweep Variations on Grips
4th Degree Black Belt Professor Marcio Feitosa demonstrates several useful tips on gripping and variations you can make the to fundamental butterfly sweep.
The opponent will try to counter your attempt and Prof. Marcio shows how to adjust.

5) Basic Butterfly to X Guard Sweep
Prof. Flavio Almeida shows how the butterfly guard connects to other styles of guards as the fight situation changes. When the opponent posts a leg to counter your butterfly sweep, you move to the X-guard to transition to your next attack.

read also: 6 Building Blocks for Your Guard

Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Saigon, Vietnam
Twitter: @MarkMullenBJJ