If you’ve wanted to learn a new setup and technique, one which would make you stand out not just in your BJJ academy but in competition as well, then we have got quite a treat for you! Andre Galvao has a unique setup from Guard Pull for you: a Chair Guard and its accompanying Sweep!
Let’s see how it looks like.
THE CHAIR GUARD
In order to initiate the setup, you’ll first need to do a Guard Pull. However, you won’t be doing an ordinary Guard Pull, where you’re planting your foot on top of your opponent’s hip and just – basically – falling straight in front of them. Instead, you’ll be looking to rotate as you do it.
What this means in practice is that you’ll, first of all, get a cross collar grip. You’ll also try to grab the opponent’s sleeve, for this isn’t mandatory but it will allow for additional control.
From there, you’ll execute the guard pull. Pay attention to how Andre does this so as to rotate; he swings his leg so much so that it ends up gaining a De La Riva hook! Also, remember what we said about the other foot not being planted on the opponent’s hip? Andre has it next to the hip instead.
Having done that, Andre grips the end of his student’s pants and gets his leg in-between the student’s legs, planting the top of its foot on his backside; and then switches the position of the De La Riva hook so as to cross the aforementioned foot.
You have now gained a great (albeit perhaps a bit unusual at first) position from which you’ll go on to execute your Chair Guard Sweep.
THE CHAIR GUARD SWEEP
To start setting up the actual Chair Guard Sweep, Andre demonstrates that you need to primarily keep the elbow of the pants-gripping hand to the ground. Then, you’ll bring your knees closer to your chest in a quick fashion – this will knock your opponent off-balance!
Let’s take advantage of this. You’ll cross your De La Riva leg in front of the opponent’s leg and onto their hip. To do this, you’ll need to lift their leg up with your pants grip, so that their foot ends up across your forearm in the end.
While still keeping the grip on the collar, you’re going to push the opponent with the use of your legs and then stand up. Once you’ve done this, you have three main options how to proceed.
Option number one: you’ll pull the pant grip up while pulling the collar down, so that your opponent’s, basically, a tripod. Then, and especially if their posting leg is close by, you can simply cross over, tripping it and drive your opponent down, ending in Half Guard.
Option number two: if you’re a more athletic person, you’ll enjoy doing everything in the same fashion as above… However, instead of tripping their leg, you can force the opponent’s other leg down and step in next to it; from there, jump and get your hooks for the Back Take.
Option number three: if the opponent manages to somehow keep their posture after you get up, you need to first pull them towards you; driving their head down to the mats and their leg up. This’ll force them to try and retrieve posture.
Once they do this, push into them and you’ll have a takedown. Then, from here, you’ll be able to set up a Leg Drag pass and get into a strong Side Control.
Watch Andre Galvao explain this in much more detail on the video below:
Stop Getting Smashed By Bigger, Stronger People With These Secret Fundamental Pressure Passing Counters.
- Prevent and counter some of the most effective passing styles in all of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with these techniques from 12-time World Champion Andre Galvao.