This has got to be one of the most fun Jiu-Jitsu sweeps even for the guy being swept. I know in reality you could slam someone to the ground with it and cause serious damage. But we don’t want to hurt our training partner as Conan talked about in his latest post entitled "Injuries". In the two videos I am wearing my red Atama Mundial #5. I am swept by my instructor Mark Johnson and I then sweep Brad, a fellow student. Keep in mind this is the first time I’ve done this. But at the same time my mistakes I think will help you see how to improve your Balloon Sweep. I am sorry some of the sound quality isn’t the best.
Having the power to lift the person and balance them isn’t hard as long as you position them correctly. Notice how I don’t get the positioning right. I weigh 208.5 lb right now. Mark sweeps me like a rag doll. Brad weighs less them me. I have trouble getting my legs straightened. With practice I’ll get it, I know, but the video does do a good job of illustrating difficulties you may face too.