Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sitting Up From Guard

Why would you want to sit up? In a sport perspective, it becomes more difficult in some aspects to pass someone's guard when they are sitting up. Basically they are wrestling you from a seated position. So you have to try to take them down and pin them.

Many one legged or no legged wrestlers have shown that someone so low is hard to pin.

The other reason is to stand up or drive into them. Whether stand up and try to take them down, stand up and run away, stand up and strike, or sit up and take them down or sweep them or knock them over.

How do I make this effective? One of the first things I noticed was when my heels are close to my butt, it's easy for them to push me onto my back and start the pass. And of course that makes sense, I am closing off my own power angle that I spoke of in the previous post (90° or 45°) and I become like a stone that you can tip over. I become a very narrow triangle if my heels are one point and my butt is the other point.

I want to spread out a little bit, not too far but enough where I can post evenly from my heels to my butt. This way I can always lean forward.

Their goal then is to try to tip you over. They can either shove your shoulders down which gives them the opportunity to scoot back to realign their angles. Also you will be pushing them into the ground so they can resist. If you push them off at an angle though, you will get more success but they will post on their hand on that side.

The other easier option is to lift your leg or control your pants or knees. This will break those power angles and put you on your back, and if they have pant grips either steer your or pin you momentarily for the pass.

They can also step in with knee first, which is what you want anyway.

So on the ground, sitting up, the biggest threat is not them gripping your high or trying to shove you over, or stepping in with a knee. It's them controlling your legs. First rule of sit up guard is break all grips off of your legs.

First rule of defeating sit up guard is to control their legs. If their heels are already close to their butts then just push them over.

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