There are numerous ways to open your training partner’s or opponent’s Closed Guard. However, you can’t just pick all of them; that is to say, you need to pick a handful of techniques and become really good at them. Excellent, even… Because that’s what is going to get you out of that defensive position into a more offensive one.
Essentially, there are two ways you can open Closed Guard. You can do it through standing up or from the “seated” position instead. In this case, let’s take a look at the seated variation of opening Closed Guard – as explained by the one and only… Andre Galvao!
THE EASIEST WAY TO OPEN CLOSED GUARD
Professor Galvao explains that this way of opening up Closed Guard has proven to be among the most effective ones. You’ll start off by gripping both of the opponent’s collars and pushing your knuckles high up into him. In the meantime, get up to your tippy-toes, as this will enable you to react faster to the opponent’s sweep attempts.
Also, make sure that your posture is upright – don’t hunch your neck nor your back. From here, it’s vital that you grip the opponent’s pants (around their hip area) and then position your knee between yourself and them. Now, shift your hips to the side and “step back” with that first knee so as to align it with the other one; and you’ll open up their guard.
Andre Galvao shares more details on this technique on the video below: