Being inside somebody’s closed guard can often be a nightmare because of the constant necessity to open and pass it, as well as because of the constant danger of being swept and submitted… But, what if we were to tell you that you could turn the tables around and submit your opponents while you are in their closed guard?
Let’s look into a few Gi techniques that you can take a shot at, in order to claim victory out of this unfavorable position!
The first thing that you have to keep in mind, is that you do not want to just reach with your arm towards their collar. If you do it like that, there’s a high probability that you’ll end up being submitted.
Instead, you should aim for opening and passing your opponent’s guard. Doing that, his defense will likely be to break your posture and pull you towards him – and that’s where your chance lies.
For, if your shoulders end up lined up with his neck, it puts you into a perfect position to get one of your arms under the neck, grab your sleeve, use the other hand to go over his neck, drop your weight down and execute the ezekiel.