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How to Do the Guard Self-Defense Move in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Learn how to do the guard self-defense move from Alliance MMA black belt Babs Olusanmokun in this Howcast Brazilian Jiu Jitsu video.


Okay, this is what I call guard self-defense. This is important for everybody, women especially. The guy's on top of you, he's about to swing at you. Okay? And here we go.

Look, my hand goes out. Really, I want you to use this hand to protect your face, not necessarily to go stop his hand. It will naturally stop his hand.

I cannot do this, this is not good enough. If you do this, you have to be ready to engage his hand at a certain point. So let's do what I just showed again, please. Go.

Here, notice how I bring that leg towards me. As Max threw that punch, I covered up and I brought this leg up. So it's a whole shield. As I do that, I'm gonna now open my hand to grab his wrist and I'm gonna keep my shin against it. I'll quickly grab his other hand. My free leg now comes out, and I kick him in the face. Okay?

When you practice this, I want you kickin' like so. And that same power, you're gonna put right into his face. I finish doing that. I kick him, one, two, three, four. I push him away on the hips. Doesn't matter who it is, you push on their hips, they're gonna go. I push. Don't straighten your legs dead like this. Come back, I push. Before my legs get too straight, I back away from him. Now if he comes again, I can kick. That same leg steps behind my arm. And I come up.

You never get up, I never kick the guy, and turn like this, because he just follows you. Very important, you kick if you have to stay down here and just kick away, stay here. That's better to stay here and face him properly, than to do a little bit and try to scramble, because he will grab you, again. So let's stay focused, don't panic. Kickin' kickin', kickin', kickin', kickin', get some space, kick again. Technical standoff. Kick, technical standoff. That's the only way to get up. You can only do this turnaround if you realize you've knocked him out flat. Then I don't mind that. But if you do it while he's still on, no good. Let's not do that.

And hat is the guard self-defense for women, especially. Great for men, but very, very necessary for women.

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