GB Technique : Attacks from Closed Guard

This week on Gracie Barra Blog we are looking at some attacks from the closed guard by Gracie Barra black belt instructors.
One of the most interesting things about the position of the closed guard is that the person on bottom has all of the attacks and the top person has few legitimate submission threats. Many people consider the closed guard to be a neutral position, however the closed guard is an advantaged attacking position from this standpoint.
In fact, there may be more different attacks form closed guard than any other position – yes, even more than mount and back mount! The attacks can be submissions, positional advances (like a back take) or sweeps of course.
Let’s take a look at some closed guard techniques as taught by Gracie Barra instructors.
1) Scissor Sweep from Closed Guard
This is one of the first techniques that you learn in jiu0jitsu and it works even on advanced opponents. Learning how to perform the Scissors Sweep will help all of your sweeps as most sweeps share common principles.

2) Wrist Lock and Key Lock from Closed Guard
Some surprising Jiu-Jitsu submissions from Closed guard shared by Prof. Flavio Almeida

3) Closed Guard Lapel Choke
Prof. Rafael Oliveira shows us a tricky variation of the basic collar choke that uses your opponent’s lapel as the 2nd point of the choke.

4) Closed Guard Back Take
This is legend Roger Gracie’s favorite technique and it might become yours too if you try it. Prof. Carlos Liberi teaches us the details how to get your opponent’s back from closed guard.

5) Guillotine and Kimura From Guard
How about no-gi closed guard? This attack combination by Prof. Joe Scarola will take advantage of your opponent’s defensive reactions to get the submission. A classic closed guard combination.

See also on Gracie Barra : Advanced Half Guard Bottom
Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia