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How to Do the Scissors Sweep in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Learn how to do the scissors sweep from Alliance MMA black belt Babs Olusanmokun in this Howcast Brazilian Jiu Jitsu video.


Scissor-sweep from the closed guard. Grab your opponent's lapel like so, open his collar. I take my free hand, dig it in, four fingers in, one thumb out.

I now grab the sleeve with my free hand. Nine out of ten times, when you want to sweep a person, you neutralize that side of their body. In this case, I'm neutralizing this arm. That means I'm probably sweeping him to that side.

Foot on the hip, on the floor to hip escape. The action foot down. Hip escape.

Bring it across his body. My ankle is hooking his hip. My right leg goes down, and now I'm going to swing it back, making a cutting motion to sweep my opponent. [DROP] Like so.


Variation but same thing here. Collar control, sleeve control and foot on the floor to hip escape.

Get that knee across. I get here, and I try and sweep Max but I find he's heavy. Even if I try to sweep him, I already see he's a bigger guy.

I won't even try this first one. I'll immediately bring my leg back on the floor.

I bring it towards my body and place the foot at his knee, not his thigh, at the knee, on the ground.

I straighten my leg, thereby pushing his knee out [DROP] and I take him out.

That's how you do a scissor-sweep.

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