Blue Belt Stripe 2: Chapter 3: Guard

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Chapter 3 of the Blue Belt Stripe 2 Course features thirteen lessons which are broken down into six sections: Guard Controls, Guard Passes, Guard Submission Counters, Guard Submissions, Guard Sweeps and Sport Guards. It is essential that you complete the lessons in the prescribed sequence or else you will have difficulty executing the Rapid Mastery Drills and the Focus Sparring Exercises featured at the end of each lesson. Once you complete all thirteen lessons, it is highly recommended that you start over and cycle through them at least two more times before moving on to the next chapter. To get total access to this chapter and all other Gracie University courses, including bonus Gracie Breakdowns and Narrated Sparring Videos, click here to start your 5-day Free Trial!


Chapter Lessons (13)

Lesson 18: Hazel Counters (Ch3.1: Guard Controls)

A wrestler’s solid base and strength can present a serious challenge. In this lesson, we will show you how to counter the wrestler’s five most common attack behaviors and take control of the fight.

Lesson 19: Open Guard Connections (Ch3.1: Guard Controls)

If you’re stalled in the closed guard, you can shift to open guard to prevent the pass and create more opportunities. In this lesson, we will discuss the critical principles of connections, counter...

Lesson 20: Standing Knee Split (Ch3.2: Guard Passes)

Kneeling guard passes are better for sweep prevention but leave you more exposed to submissions. Standing guard passes are better for submission prevention, but leave you more exposed to sweeps. In...

Lesson 21: Same Side Control (Ch3.2: Guard Passes)

To master the guard, you must master the guard pass…and vice versa. A savvy jiu-jitsu practitioner can neutralize any single guard pass; but the combination of multiple guard passes are virtually ...

Lesson 22: Butterfly Guard (Ch3.2: Guard Passes)

In the BBS1 course, you learned several sweeps from the Butterfly Guard, and now it’s time to learn the counters. First, you’ll learn how to establish base and maintain control over your opponent f...

Lesson 23: Spider Guard (Ch3.2: Guard Passes)

The spider guard is one of the most difficult guards to pass because it allows your opponent to control both of your arms. In this lesson, we will discuss five highly reliable spider guard passes t...

Lesson 24: Triangle Choke (Ch3.3: Guard Submissions Counters)

As your partners get better at applying Triangles Chokes, escape using the basic counters will become more difficult. In this lesson, we will teach you three highly reliable Triangle counters that ...

Lesson 25: Lapel Chokes (Ch3.3: Guard Submission Counters)

Anytime you’re training in a gi, you must be wary of lapel chokes. In this lesson, you will learn how to counter the BBS1 course guard lapel chokes. First, we’ll teach you how to defend your neck, ...

Lesson 26: Omoplata (Ch3.4: Guard Submissions)

The Omoplata is a classic jiu-jitsu submission that has been used for three generations against opponents of all sizes. Although the omoplata’s original application is as a shoulder lock, it is m...

Lesson 27: Triangle Mastery (Ch3.4: Guard Submissions)

You can learn the triangle choke in five minutes, but it takes five years to master it. The difference between a triangle master and a novice is in the philosophy of the choke. The triangle master...

Lesson 28: Sit-up Sweep (Ch3.5: Guard Sweeps)

The Sit-up Sweep is one of the most effective closed guard sweeps in jiu-jitsu. It’s easy to learn and 100% street applicable. In this lesson, we will teach you how to shoot the sweep directly, and...

Lesson 29: Overhead Sweep (Ch3.5: Guard Sweeps)

The Overhead Sweep is one of the coolest sweeps in jiu-jitsu. You lift your opponent over your head using both feet and then roll backwards into the mount position. In this lesson, we will teach y...

Lesson 30: X-Guard (Ch3.6: Sport Guards)

The X-guard is a very popular sport guard that can be used to destabilize and sweep much larger opponents. There are many ways to enter the X-guard and, once achieved, it gives you full control of...