Blue Belt Stripe 4: Chapter 3: Guard

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Chapter 3 of the Blue Belt Stripe 4 Course features twelve 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 twelve 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 (12)

Lesson 18: Guard Get-up (3.1 Guard Controls)

Against multiple attackers, quickly getting to your feet is of the utmost importance. Our solution is the Guard Get-up, an amazing technique that originated in the Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) cou...

Lesson 19: Smash Pass (3.2 Guard Passes)

Your opponent’s guard is only as good as their ability to use their legs. If you neutralize their legs, you will drastically reduce their sweep and submission options. The Smash Pass enables ...

Lesson 20: De La Riva Passes (3.2 Guard Passes)

The De La Riva (DLR) guard is an effective sport guard for all shapes and sizes. It’s time to learn how to shut it down. Using concepts from previous guard passing lessons, we will teach you ...

Lesson 21: Three-Quarter Drop (3.2 Guard Passes)

We generally divide guard passes into two groups – speed passes and control passes. If you can’t quickly pass, then you must slow down and focus on neutralizing one defensive layer at a...

Lesson 22: Pressure Pass (3.2 Guard Passes)

When a determined opponent shuts down your pass, use pressure to force a response and create opportunities. In this lesson, we will teach you how to use gravity to stimulate a response, then show y...

Lesson 23: Overhook Counters (3.3 Submission Counters)

Familiarity with the Overhook Series from the guard is your most important line of defense. There are several counters once  your opponent lassos your arm and starts to attack. We begin with a...

Lesson 24: Arm Crush Counters (3.3 Submission Counters)

Whether defending against strikes or submissions, whoever manages the distance manages the damage. The Arm Crush armlock is a quick, sneaky, submission that relies on the legs to keep perfect dista...

Lesson 25: Loop Choke (3.4 Guard Submissions)

Ryron catches EVERYONE with the Loop Choke. This sneaky open guard choke lands when you least expect it, and once it’s locked in there is no escape. First, we will drill some control concepts...

Lesson 26: Guillotine Mastery (3.4 Guard Submissions)

The Guillotine is one of the most dynamic submissions in jiu-jitsu, since you can apply it from virtually every position. In this lesson, we take your Guillotine Mastery skills to the next level wi...

Lesson 27: Ankle Pick Sweep (3.5 Guard Sweeps)

A sweep can dramatically shift the momentum of a match. While most sweeps require elaborate grips and momentum, the Ankle Pick Sweeps rely entirely on simple balance manipulation and the element of...

Lesson 28: Shin Sweep (3.5 Guard Sweeps)

The Shin Sweep is one of the all-time classic closed guard sweeps. When used in combination with the Double Ankle Sweep, it creates a powerful combination that can off balance almost anyone. First,...

Lesson 29: Sit-up Guard (3.6 Sport Guards)

The Sit-up Guard is the sportiest of the sport guards. When you sit up in the open guard, you can’t control your opponent’s hips with your feet and are vulnerable to punches in the face...