BJJ / Grappling Tips: How to take the back from closed guard

Taking the back from the closed guard is a basic transition that no one in jiujitsu should get to blue belt without learning properly. It features in sports jiujitsu (gi and no gi), MMA and of course when defending yourself against a bigger, stronger aggressor who managed to take you down in an altercation.

Below are three version of how to take the back from the closed guard that I really like:

Getting their arm across your belt line, as demonstrated by Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida:

Pushing their arm sideways when they're attempting to pressure your throat, as demonstrated by Rener and Ryron Gracie:

Off the under-overhook control from closed guard, as demonstrated by Machado black belt Dave Johnson from Machado Utah*:

Experiment with these back takes from the closed guard and make your guard a lethal platform of attack.

*There's a fantastic and very detailed explanation of this technique on Saulo's Freestyle Revolution - NoGI series. In fact I later learnt this technique from Master Rickson Gracie in Amsterdam in 2013 and Saulo's breakdown was incredibly detailed.



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