Your cart
Total: $0.00
Lifetime Video Access Lifetime
Video Access
30 Days Money Back Guarantee

BJJ Instructional Videos
John Danaher Leglocks
John Danaher Back Attacks BJJ
Half Guard BJJ Instructional Video
Open Guard Sit Up Sweep

Open Guard Sit Up Sweep



The open guard is one of the most beautiful and complex tools we utilize in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. When you think about it, open guard is actually just an umbrella term for a huge amount of positions that all vary from each other in very intricate ways. The open guard also has many layers, ranging from spider guard to butterfly guard and so on. 

Learn The Drilling Sequences & Secrets That Will Turbo Charge Your BJJ Development & Allow You To Get Better In Far Less Time from Tom DeBlass


One of the best positions to use in open guard is the de la riva guard, named after the legendary Ricardo De La Riva. This widely used guard takes advantage of the guard player’s every limb to work synergistically to control, destabilize, and attack the top player. This is why so many high level grapplers become masters of the de la riva guard. 

There are different styles of attacks from de la riva guard and they can be divided into proactive and reactive attacks. It is usually better to be proactive when playing guard, but many grapplers have great success with being reactive as well. There are also different styles of sweeps from de la riva guard, include trips, off balances, and takedown finishes.

The first technique many grapplers learn from de la riva guard is the sit up sweep. This is when the guard player kicks the top player’s far leg away, sits up, and finishes the sweep as a technical stand up or a single leg. This technique is a fundamental one all grapplers should learn. What if the sweep part of this technique fails though? Fortunately there is a great way of overcoming this by making a minor adjustment.

In the following video by BJJ Fanatics, you will see a transition to a different kind of sweep from the basic sit up sweep that is highly effective. See below:

It may be a little difficult to see in this video, but what the guard player is doing after sitting up and switching the hand is placing his shin in front of the top player’s shin. This will allow you to elevate that leg in a butterfly sweep fashion as you roll over for the finish. Another option you have is if the top player frees their arm is transitioning to single leg-X for leg locks or other sweeps.

If you're looking for the keys to defeating your opponents with half guard look no further. Tom DeBlass’ “Half Domination” 4 DVD Set Will Simplify & Slow Down The Game To Show You An Easy Set Of Grips & Moves That Will Hold Even The Most Explosive Young Beasts In Check.



Take a deep dive on one specific skill per month with the top instructors in the BJJ Fanatics family.

With your subscription you'll get:

  • Private Lesson (Masterclass)
  • Preview of our Upcoming Daily Deals to better plan your purchases
  • Rolling breakdowns & more.

You'll also get At Home Drills to work on, a Preview of our Upcoming Launches & More!


Learn More

Half Domination by Tom DeBlass DVD Cover
Catch Wrestling Formula by Neil Melanson
Butterfly Guard Re-Discovered Adam Wardzinski DVD Wrap
Judo Academy Jimmy Pedro Travis Stevens