Andre Glavao - Exploring Closed Guard

Andre Glavao - Exploring Closed Guard

Multi-time IBJJF and ADCC Champion, and the winningest coach in modern jiu-jitsu, Andre Galvao demonstrates some amazing techniques from the closed guard and beyond.

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Andre Glavao - Exploring Closed Guard
  • Flower Sweep Attempt to Back - Andre Galvao

    This is a cool back take that opens up for you if your opponent happens to base out with his free hand before you can sweep him with the first sweep. Lots of times if someone tries to base out and stops the motion the person on bottom will try to muscle the move and end up having to drop back dow...

  • Close Guard to Back - Andre Galvao

    This is a back take from the closed guard that relies on your opponent to react a certain way. If he doesn’t then you have other options. However if he does respond with the reaction you’d expect the door is open to use this slick move to the back.
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  • Lotus Flower Sweep - Andre Galvao

    This is a cool back take that opens up for you if your opponent happens to base out with his free hand before you can sweep him with the first sweep. Lots of times if someone tries to base out and stops the motion the person on bottom will try to muscle the move and end up having to drop back dow...

  • Knee bar from Upside Down Guard - Andre Galvao

    When Andre first showed us this technique I didn’t truly appreciate its simplicity. But after taking a few more looks I can say this is probably my favorite no-gi techniques I’ve seen lately. I rarely play any upside down guard so maybe that’s why I didn’t pay much attention at first. But then af...

  • Sweep Attempt to Triangle - Andre Galvao

    The third and final variation of the lotus sweep that Andre showed us was by far my favorite in the gi. As Andre describes, he always tries to lay out a path with many options when he competes. He’ll go for A, but if that doesn’t pan out there’s always B, and of course C, and so on. The triangle ...

  • Toe Hold from Upside Down Guard - Andre Galvao

    This technique is very similar to the knee bar that Andre showed us. The biggest difference is the starting position, with your opponent on his knees. There are different things to protect against on the start. Andre finishes this technique with a toehold, but a knee bar could also be executed.
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