When you’re stuck in Closed Guard, you better know how to move… Otherwise, you’ll get swept and/or submitted in a blink of an eye.
Opening a strong closed guard in No Gi is usually way tougher than in the Gi. You don’t have much to hold on to, the opponent is slippery etc…
You can either stand explosively and use both hands to push open the legs or you can pass from the knees. Forget about the old school Gi way of opening the closed where you wedge your knee in your opponent’s butt and push on one leg. That is very hard to do in No Gi (at least on anybody good).
Here are 3 directions of movement you need to know, as shown and explained by Neil Melanson:
Take a savage approach to defending yourself inside the guard with one of the most dangerous men on the plane.
- Stop getting stuck in the teeth of the guard and work your way out with efficient brutal solutions that will unlock even the tightest guard game.
- Develop and increased sense of awareness and shutdown submission attempts just by simply correcting your own positioning.