GB Technique : Butterfly Guard Setups

This week on Gracie Barra Blog we are looking at one of the most powerful open guard positions, the Butterfly guard.

The fundamental hook sweep from Butterfly Guard is one of the strongest techniques from the bottom. As we will see in the rest of the videos, it is the starting point for all of our combinations and follow up attacks.

The best part of this guard is that it is applicable not only in gi jiu-jitsu but perhaps even more common in NoGi bjj and useful in MMA as well.

Let’s take a look at the Butterfly guard strategies as demonstrated by some of the best Gracie Barra black belt instructors.

1) Butterfly Sweep

This is the @1 technique from Butterfly guard that you should master. Prof. Marcio Feitosa gets us started with the proper grips and mechanics for the fundamental Butterfly hook sweep.

2) Blocking Basic Guard passes

A huge and often overlooked part of playing any type of guard is the ability to retain the position when your opponent is actively trying to pass.

3) Back Taking From Butterfly Old School Vs New School

After your opponent posts a hand to prevent your sweep, Prof. Flavio Almeida of GB North Phoenix shows how he moves to catch the back mount position.

4)Triangle set up From A Butterfly Guard Sweep

Sure, the Butterfly guard is a very powerful sweeping position, but we also can attack a submission in combination with our sweep courtesy of Gracie Barra Long Island

See also on Gracie Barra : GB Technique :  The Guillotine Choke

GB Technique :  The Guillotine Choke



Credits: Mark Mullen 

Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia