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Butterfly Guard Hook Sweep with Gordon Ryan

Butterfly Guard Hook Sweep with Gordon Ryan

Butterfly Hook Sweep Blocking The Arm by Gordon Ryan

If you have been around the BJJ scene you have probably heard of Gordon Ryan. As a New Jersey native, Ryan is a member of the notoriously well known Danaher Death Squad. He is a submission orientated competitor and a leading jiu jitsu figure of his generation. Gordon  cemented himself as one of the world’s best on the planet in 2015 by winning the Newaza Challenge and No Gi World Championship becoming Garry Tonon’s first ever student to achieve black belt. With Tonon’s growing influence over Ryan’s grappling lifestyle, Ryan began regular travel to one of Gary’s mentors – John Danaher. Danaher as the head coach of the Renzo Gracie Academy was a big part of Ryan’s success in the submission only jiu jitsu circuit where Ryan’s status as a potential star was first noticed.

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Let’s watch Gordon Ryan demonstrate his butterfly hook sweep as he blocks his opponent’s arm from defending. Check out the video below.

There are some key details to take away from this video. When training in the gi, you have a great tool to control your opponent with: the belt. By grabbing the belt and lifting your opponent verses pulling him as you would in no gi, you will be able to take him up and over. A really important part of this technique is to get your right foot through and use the ball of your foot to elevate yourself. Now with your foot in place it will be much easier to push yourself off your hip and onto your shoulder.

As you are driving take your opponent’s wrist and punch it down into his belt. This will trap his hand making him unable to defend from this position. Typically at this point a person is going to attempt to drive you down into half guard. So with your right foot through his leg you will use his momentum, lifting him by the belt, to bring him up and over, ending in top side control.

Pretty simple, but a lot of details going on here. Watch this one a couple of times, and give it a shot the next time you are on the mats!

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