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.
So you’ve opened the opponent’s Closed Guard, you went to pass into Side Control… But you got caught in Half Guard. How did this happen?
Well, it might very well be the case that you didn’t use the Ankle Flare during your transition.
Roy Dean shows what an Ankle Flare is and how to use it:
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