The 2010 Pan Am Sweep

One of the techniques that was brought back from the 2010 Pan Am was a sweep.  I don’t have a name for it so I’m calling it the 2010 Pan Am Sweep.

2010 Pan Am Sweep Part 1
2010 Pan Am Sweep Part 2

Here it is demonstrated by Miles (who competed in the Pan Am) and Chris.  Like I always say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  I’m not sure what is ever "new" in BJJ.  I think a lot is rediscovered.  What ever the case it is new to me.  Techniques continues to evolve and revolve in BJJ.  Going to a big tournament like the Pan Am gives you exposure to it all.

One of the things I like about this sweep is soliciting the reaction you want.  When the arm is pushed down and the leg pushes you toward your trapped arm you feel like your base is gone.  You push back against the leg and add force to the sweep.  This is another fine example of  BJJ’s principal of using technique not muscle and of using your opponents force against him.

I also might point out this is a Half Guard Sweep.  I think it might come in handy if I fail a Spider Guard Sweep.  I’ll have to experiment with it.

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How to go from Spider Guard Sweep to a Bicep Cutter

One of my favorite sweeps is the Spider Guard Sweep.  You set it up by grabbing a sleeve and putting one leg in the bend of the that arm.  Then you put the other leg across the abdomen of your opponent with the knee out.  As shown here: Spider-Guard-Sweep-SetupThen using the leg that has the arm around it you push out ward.  At the same time you reach down and get the leg turning your opponent onto the leg across the abdomen.  Like this: Spider-Guard-SweepNow all you have to do is rock back and then forward and you come up in mount.  The trouble is some times they get past that leg on the abdomen.  You end up still controlling the arm but you feel open.  This is where you apply the bicep cutter.  Take a look at these two pictures:  Bicep-Cut-From-Spider-Guard   Bicep-Cutter-Back You will notice all I have done is pulled the arm in a little more and created a triangle with my legs.  Once you have done this all you need do is cut!  This is done by pushing the knee out or by reaching behind the with both of your hands and pulling down on the trapped arm.  What I really like about this technique is the guy  thinks he is past your guard.  It surprises them when you put the bite on them.  Once again, thanks to my Submission Master Grappling Dummy for taking all of the abuse.  It truly is a handy tool for working on your technique and trying things out.