Check Out This Knee Capture Sweep For BJJ From Bernardo Faria
If You Love Closed Guard But You Struggle Against Guys Who Stand And Pass Then This 1 Simple Technique Is The Answer
When it comes to playing closed guard, it can often to be difficult to deal with an opponent who is good at standing and passing your guard. A lot of BJJ guys, especially beginners think that once an opponent stands they should just give up their closed guard and start fighting for a different position. And while this is not necessarily a bad idea, it usually ends up in a bit of a scramble, rather than a properly controlled transition into another position.
Bernardo Faria is known for his fundamental jiu jitsu concepts that just make sense. That is why guys like Dan McCarthy are so solid and tough at the gym... even at 50 years old!
So what can you do when a guy stands in your guard? You might not think you have an advantage, but with good technique you can sweep your opponent and end up on top. If you love playing closed guard then you will definitely benefit from some tips and tricks from 5 Time World Champion Bernardo Faria. Bernardo is a multiple time Black Belt World Champion and has even won the most prestigious title in all of Jiu Jitsu, that being, the Open Class World Title at Black Belt. Bernardo Faria has long been one of the most dominant fighters in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Bernardo is infamous for implementing simplicity into every aspect of his Jiu Jitsu. This technique works well for everyone no matter what your skill level is, so be sure to check it out. Watch the video below of Bernardo Faria demonstrating how to hit the knee capture sweep and then we will break down his technique. Check it out now!
In a situation where a guy tries to stand to pass your closed guard without controlling your sleeves, Bernardo opens his guard and then recaptures his opponent by closing his legs around the knees while maintain a sleeve grip. Note that when Bernardo does this is causes his knees to buckle in, weakening his stance. From here Bernardo sits up, dropping his legs to the ground and hugging his opponent’s knees with his arms. His head is buried in his opponent’s hips, further breaking down his posture. Now Bernardo switches his grips. He hands off the legs to his right arm. With that arm wrapping both his opponent’s legs he can now use his left hand to post on the mat. With his hand on the mat, Bernardo posts on the opposite side with his foot and then uses his shoulder to bump his opponent to the side. When Bernardo finishes the sweep he lands on top of his opponent’s legs, using his chest and his arms to control the lower half of his opponent’s body.
If you love to play closed guard but you struggle with bigger opponets who like to stand or smash pass your guard then this technique is definitely for you. So be sure to give it a try the next time you are on the mats! And if you are looking for more amazing half guard techniques then I suggest you check out Bernardo Faria’s instructional series “The Closed Guard” available exclusively on BJJFanaitcs.com! In this series, Bernardo shares some of his best closed guard secrets – things that every BJJ player needs to know, like jumping into guard, a variety of sweeps, kimura, arm locks, neck chokes, and much, much more.