How to Open the Guard in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Learn how to open the guard from Alliance MMA black belt Babs Olusanmokun in this Howcast Brazilian Jiu Jitsu video.

All right, I’m going to show you one of my favorite ways to open the guard. I have the opponents lapels, like so. I grab the other sleeve. Okay. With my hand, I’m going to step this leg up first. Why? Should I try to step this leg up first, he would grab my leg immediately, disrupting my balance and my base. Okay. So, it’s important that you make sure the first leg you put up is the leg on the side of the arm you’ve trapped. Now I stand my other leg up. Keep my back straight. Do not hang over your opponent. It’s never a good thing. At this point I don’t even need to look at my opponent. My elbow is tucked in, so I avoid any kind of omoplata submissions. My free hand is going to go inside of his knee, like so. I’m now going to place my left leg at his tailbone while my right leg steps back. And I break open his legs. And that’s the way to open the guard.