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How To Be The Best At Butter Fly Guard

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The butter fly guard is one of the oldest traditional forms of guard there is. In this day and age, you will see the butter fly guard being used at every high level competition. Its widespread use is not without good reason. The butter fly guard is a highly effective technique with decades of history. Originally from Judo, the butter fly guard was quickly adapted in jiu jitsu in the 1970s. Then in the 1990s, the guard exploded in popularity thanks to guys like Carlson Gracie, Rickson Gracie, and Rolls Gracie.

Cesar Casamajo is also the master of the butterfly guard with his own personal touch that makes your butterfly guard impossible to pass while you constantly attack.

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The butterfly guard is built on the concept of the butterfly hooks. By using your feet to hook the back of your opponent’s knees and thighs you jeopardize the strength of their base, allowing you to unbalance their weight. The butterfly concept can be used for playing guard as well as sweeping your opponent. A high level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor will almost always be familiar with the butterfly, even if it is not one of their primary styles of play. A good butterfly player will know how to use those hooks really well to control their opponent’s every move.

If there is one person who truly understands the power of the butter fly guard it is the young phenomenon Cesar Casamajó. Cesar is a 25 year old black belt from Brazil. He has many years ahead of him as a top level competitor. Cesar has an amazing butterfly guard. He has used the technique to great success competing at the highest levels of international competition. Cesar has a great instructional series on the butter fly guard called “Best of Butter Fly Guard By Cesar Casamajo” available exclusively here on BJJFanatics.com. Let’s take a look at some of the techniques that make his guard so masterful.

Mounting Using The Worm by Cesar Casamajo

Cesar Casamajo starts off this technique as if he were playing butterfly guard and has swept his opponent using the traditional under hook and arm control. When you do this sweep you always want to first look to establish side control. In order to get to the mount position, you always want to grab underneath your training partner’s head to control the arm. Another important detail Cesar Casamajo gives us is to use your hips. You want to use your hips and trap your opponent’s hips. Place them side by side in order to do so. This will allow you to get your arm across your training partner’s waist. Stretch your left leg to add more pressure.

Pay attention to how Casamajo gets his knee across his opponent’s stomach. By sliding it across you maintain the maximum amount of pressure – making things truly uncomfortable for your training partner. Remember it is okay to be slow and methodical. You are in a good position here, you should take your time. Once you have established your knee on belly you can post with your leg to add further pressure. While you do this your shoulder should be pressuring into your training partner’s face. Pay attention to just how much pressure Cesar Casamjao uses to completely dominant his opponent and give him no realistic possibility of countering.

As you can tell, pressure if very important when it comes to mastering this technique. Remember this one the next time you are playing side control. It could really help you, especially if you are a beginner and too eager when it comes to moving around your opponent.

Back Take From Butterfly Guard by Cesar Casamajo

Cesar likes to open up his opponent’s gi and establish a lapel grip. He then uses his free hand to post on the mat and switch his bottom foot to cross over his training partner’s leg in the standard “X” position. Remember to keep a very tight grip on the lapel with the under hook. Once you feel you are tight it is time to hit the back take. Fake out your opponent by making them think you are going to sweep. Then take your hook out, step on the mat, and use your shoulder and gi grip to take your head under the arm and secure the back with a seat belt grip.

Cesar likes to open up his opponent’s gi and establish a lapel grip. He then uses his free hand to post on the mat and switch his bottom foot to cross over his training partner’s leg in the standard “X” position. Remember to keep a very tight grip on the lapel with the under hook. Once you feel you are tight it is time to hit the back take. Fake out your opponent by making them think you are going to sweep. Then take your hook out, step on the mat, and use your shoulder and gi grip to take your head under the arm and secure the back with a seat belt grip.

Cesar Casamajo gives us a new perspective on the butter fly guard sweep. His methodology underscores the fact that all jiu jitsu techniques are made from fundamental concepts. By applying slight variations you can get even better results. If you thought these two techniques are cool and you love to play butter fly guard, then I highly recommend you check out Cesar Casamajo’s amazing instructional series “Best of Butter Fly Guard by Cesar Casamajo.” It will certainly help you develop a guard that will give your training partners a tough time. Remember, these techniques have been tested on the highest level of competition, so you know they are sure to work.

BONUS! If you are looking for a little more from Cesar Casamajor then check out this video “Butterfly Guard Sweep Against The Underhook by Cesar Casamajó.” In it, you will see the 25 year old sensation Cesar Casamajo demonstrate his butter fly guard sweep when his opponent has the under hook. Check it out now!

 

Learn One Of The Most Dynamic And Innovative Guards in BJJ With This All New Instructional Set

Become A Master Of The Crafty, Old School Butterfly Guard With BJJ Black Belt Cesar Casamajo As He Shows Off His Unique Guard Game, From The Basics To The Advanced, To His Own Personal Innovations.

This instructional set from Cesar is a full-service encyclopedia for the butterfly guard, bringing you from the most basic positional awareness, to how to sweep and attack in any situation, and then getting into how to pass and control from top against butterfly!

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