Incorporate This Hip Heist Movement Into Your Game With Daniel De Groot
The hips play such a big role in Jiu Jitsu. From using them for leveraging submissions, to having the flexibility to expand or retract them; they are essentially a part of every movement. Some movements definitely require more flexibility, but it is extremely important to really understand their functionality in Jiu Jitsu.
Aside from being able to do more with flexible hips, understanding how their movement plays into you Jiu Jitsu allows you to move them quicker. Speed doesn’t always guarantee an advantage, but when it comes to level changes for take downs or submissions, it definitely doesn’t hurt.
In this video, Daniel De Groot describes this fundamental hip heist movement, and how you can use it to quickly and effectively lock up submissions such as the guillotine, check it out below!
The most important detail to pay attention to in this technique is using the hips to put your head higher than your partners. This position is particularly good to be in when you are fighting someone who is a lot stronger or heavier than you, as it gives you that extra leverage and keeps gravity working in your favor. Additionally, in this type of situation it is much easier to work to move your own body rather than theirs.
Daniel demonstrates this technique while he is playing an open guard. In this situation, your partner will likely be on their knees as they are looking to start passing the guard. To quickly get your head above your partner’s from this position, you can use what is called a hip heist.
From your seated open guard, place your hand on the head or shoulder of your partner to maintain your distance, and post your other hand on the ground. Now, you simply just do essentially a technical stand up, but only up to your knee. This is keeping one foot posted on the ground and using that foot in combination with your posted hand to lift yourself up and hover. This makes your other leg light so you can easily slide it under your body and get up to your knee. Whether doing this to the feet or to the knees, it allows you to get up while still facing your partner so you do not compromise your position.
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Now that you are on your knee, your head is effectively above your partner's head. Use the head or shoulder grip you have on your partner as a collar tie and pull your partner’s head forward. As you break his posture, use your other arm to begin to lock up your guillotine. There are obviously multiple variations to finishing the guillotine, but Daniel prefers to finish with the arm in guillotine.
As you lock up your guillotine you can begin to sit back. It is important to remember that the defense to the guillotine for your partner is to get the opposite side of your body from which his head is. So, if you have the guillotine locked up with your right arm and your partner's head is on the right side of your body, you need to prevent his body from getting around to the left side of you.
To do this, first put your right leg in a sort of knee on belly position. You can use this leg to extend him which makes the choke tighter and makes it harder for your partner to move side to side. Next, take your left leg and wrap it around the back on your partner. In order for him to get to the left side of your body from here, he is going to have to clear your leg which will be extremely difficult to do as he will be using his hands to try and fight off the choke.
If you get this far and your choke is locked up correctly, you’ll get the submission no problem. An important detail to pay attention to is right when you get up to your knee and you are going to lock your choke up, your chest should be in front of your butt. This places all your weight on top of your partner and makes it way harder for him to try and posture to get out of the submission.
This is an extremely effective and efficient movement to incorporate into your Jiu Jitsu. Perhaps you get here and your partner has good hand fighting and is able to fight off your guillotine, you essentially have him in the turtle position and you can start moving to the back or other attacks. Drill this movement a bunch and see where it takes you.
About Daniel De Groot
Daniel De Groot is a high level competitor from the Netherlands who has spent much of his time recently training in Brazil. His main accomplishments are winning the IBJJF nogi European and nogi Brazilian championships making him the only Dutchman to ever win the Brazilian championships. He has been teaching at Erasmus BJJ since 2015, and The House Fight Company, one of Brazil’s best gyms since 2018.
About Daniel’s Instructional
Daniel has devoted the entirety of this series to the guillotine. Included you will find techniques such as regular vs arm in guillotine, foot lock guillotine, basic standing entries, inverted half guard entries, and so much more.
Daniel has had the privilege to travel around the world to train and compete with some of the best. As he has dedicated his purpose to teaching the art, his passion is so apparent while watching him do his thing. Improve your overall technique and approach to the guillotine and start finishing it from everywhere, check out his instructional here!