I used to play a lot from the butterfly guard position but my closed guard sucked majorly so I focused on that for a year or two and now my interest in butterfly guard sweeps (and submissions) is re-awakening. I still believe the most important concepts are the Posture (where to place your body and limbs in relation to that of your opponent to get the most leverage advantage), Pressure (realistic movements and pressures that you are exposed to and you can affect in this position) and Possibilities (the actual finishing sweeps or submissions that flow from the Postures and Pressures).
Butterfly guard is one of the many expressions of the open guard in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. For a very thorough analysis of the open guard postures, pressures and possibilities, check out Cane Prevost's post on the matter.
At a recent John B Will seminar, John talked about the X-guard being a position that occurs when your butterfly hook wasn't up to scratch. He focused on clamping the hip between your hooking leg and your same side arm (if it's gripping their belt, for example) and having some serious controling pressure with it. Thanks John for that great note!
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For one of the best analysis on the Posture and Pressures on the butterfly guard in particular, I recommend you check out Saulo Ribeiro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Revolution Series 1. He really does a great job of describing where to put everything and why.
Once you've done that, here are a few nice teasers (aka Possibilities):
Backward rolling sweep from the butterfly guard:
Triangle choke from the butterfly guard:
Standard sweep from the butterfly guard:
Now, add a simple armdrag to the butterfly position and you suddenly open a world of opportunities, such as this triangle here:
Just ask Marcelo Garcia :)
Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi
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