Let’s face it: everyone wants to have a great Open Guard. Every single Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete out there wants to improve their Guard Retention to such a degree that it’ll become almost impenetrable. However, not many know how to develop this skill… At least not to the highest degree.
Here’s a simple movement that you can practice, that will get you ahead of many of your fellow Jiujiteiros. The Crossovers.
JOHN DANAHER EXPLAINS HOW TO DO CROSSOVERS
Whenever your training partners throw or move your legs to your side in Open Guard, you’re in grave danger of them passing your Guard completely. But they aren’t going to, if you learn how to use Crossovers.
The movement is simple: when the leg on one of your sides is moved, you’re going to cross over (hence the name) with your other foot to their hip. You’ll use it as a post there, utilizing it to square your hips up with the training partner’s hips once again. If they repeat the pass after this again – but on the other side – simply use your other leg in the same fashion.
You should drill this movement as much as possible, aiming to add speed and precision over time. John Danaher explains how to do it on the video below; pay attention to how his hips turn every time.