Tonight we are going to take a look at two of my favorite sweeps. They both have mechanics that are used far beyond each individual technique.
First up is the shin sweep. I guarantee that I’ve done this to every one of my students I’ve rolled with. I originally learned it from watching Marcelo Garcia, but I do my shin sweep in a way that is less engaged on the opponent. His version is clearly derived from being used to getting x-guard on people at will. My version doesn’t require getting into something resembling a deep half guard. I’ve used it with 90% success on high level guys, while keeping it simple and appropriate for fundamentals students. This sweep comes up all the time when you are seated and your opponent steps a knee up and tries to dive in.
Second, I’ll be going over a hook sweep from butterfly guard. The setup for this sweep is very similar to the setup for the shin sweep I show, but the sweeping direction is opposite and depends on more control of your opponent.
Both of these can be used gi or no-gi. The shin sweep is identical for both, while the hook sweep can benefit from having a gi to work with. Once you are familiar with these sweeps, you are going to see opportunities for similar motions on different setups. The shin sweep uses your shin on the opponents leg, and you’ll see how to apply this style of leverage on your opponents arm.
Let’s see what this will do for your blue belt skills!