Transplant a Complete System for the Open Guard into Your Mind
The ground-breaking bestseller instructional The Open Guard System featuring BJJ phenom Jon Thomas is now available in app form for your phone or tablet.
All five volumes of this instructional are now conveniently located in the Grapplearts BJJ Master App. With this app you can instantly access all the BJJ information you need on your phone, no matter where you are.
Since the Grapplearts BJJ Master App is FREE to download you can check it out and preview the material to your heart’s content.
Then look for The Open Guard System icon within the Grapplearts BJJ Master App!
Then check out the five open guard system modules within the Grapplearts BJJ Master App!
What Exactly Are You Getting in The Open Guard System?
There are five modules in the Open Guard System…
Volume 1, The Double Sleeve System
In this volume you’ll learn how to get to and attack from the powerful double sleeve grip.
The double sleeve grip is probably the most versatile of the open guard positions. It works against standing, squatting and kneeling opponents, and you can get to it anytime your opponent leads with his hands.
Learn the details of double sleeve and you’ll always have a great starting point and super-strong foundation to build your open guard game.
- Reverse Engineering the Open Guard
- Systems vs Techniques
- Benefits of Double Sleeve
- The Leg Past Body Position: Introduction and Context
- The Leg Past Body Position: Evaluating the Elbow-Knee Space
- The Leg Past Body Position: Backwards Twisting Sweep
- The Leg Past Body Position: Overhead Sweep (Sombrero)
- The Leg Past Body Position: Toes in Stomach Overhead Sweep
- The Leg Past Body Position: Transition to Sit Up Guard
- The Leg Past Body Position: Fast Hip Up Triangle
- The Leg Past Body Position: Foot on Biceps Step Up Triangle
- The Leg Past Body Position: When Your Opponent Switches His Lead
- Spider Guard: Intro and Maintaining the Spider Hook
- Spider Guard: Countering Lasso Loop Out
- Spider Guard: Benefits of Shallow Lasso vs Deep Lasso
- Spider Guard: Stopping the Stack Pass
- Spider Guard: Dealing with the Deadlift
- Spider Guard: Getting Underneath Your Opponent
- Basic Attack Series from Spider X Position
- Spider Reverse DLR Invert Sweep
- Countering the Step Over When Working Underneath
- Opponent with One Knee Up: Shin on Shin Triangle
- Opponent with One Knee Up: Shin on Shin to Spider X or Ankle Lock
- Kneeling Opponent: Triangle and Omoplata Attacks
- Kneeling Opponent: Wheel Sweep & Triangle Combination
- Kneeling Opponent: Deep Lasso to Omoplata
- Double Sleeve Situational Sparring
Volume 2, The Collar Sleeve System
In volume 2 we go deep into collar sleeve series, which is another very powerful way to attack from the open guard.
You’ll learn exactly how to use the collar sleeve as a hub position to launch attack after attack. You’ll have an effective answer for everything your opponent your opponent throws at you.
You may have seen individual techniques from this position before but never connected together with such a comprehensive, step-by-step strategy to guide you.
- Intro to the Collar Sleeve Position
- Basics of Controlling Collar Sleeve
- Near Side Collar Sleeve: Basic Strategies and Considerations
- Near Side Collar Sleeve: the Omoplata and Triangle
- Near Side Collar Sleeve: High and Low Lapel Grips
- Near Side Collar Sleeve: How to Free a Trapped Leg
- Near Side Collar Sleeve: de la Riva Backwards Twisting Sweep
- Near Side Collar Sleeve: Forward Bump Attacks & Submissions
- Near Side Collar Sleeve: Triangles & Omoplatas vs Straight Lead Leg
- Near Side Collar Sleeve: Toes in Stomach Overhead Sweep
- Near Side Collar Sleeve: Hip Push to Backwards Twist Sweep
- Near Side Collar Sleeve: Leg Kick Out vs Hand Pop of Hook
- Near Side Collar Sleeve: Far Hip Push vs Turned Out Knee
- Near Side Collar Sleeve: Near Hip Push vs Turned Out Knee
- Near Side Collar Sleeve: Foot on Hip to Triangle
- Far Side Collar Sleeve: the Wheel Sweep
- Far Side Collar Sleeve: The Near vs Far Side of Collar Sleeve
- Far Side Collar Sleeve: Key Master Hook & Backwards Sweep
- Far Side Collar Sleeve: Key Master to Forward Bump Triangle
- Far Side Collar Sleeve: Switching Back to Near Side Collar Sleeve
- Kneeling Opponent: Triangles & Loop Chokes
- Opponent with One Knee Up: Wheel Sweep Towards Upright Knee
- Opponent with One Knee Up: Wheel Sweep Towards Down Knee
- Collar Sleeve Transitions
- Managing the Finger Joints
- Both Feet on the Hips
- Collar Sleeve Situationals Sparring
Volume 3, The de la Riva System
Knowing how to build an effective game from a single ankle control grip (or the ‘de la Riva’ grip) is super important, especially if your opponent is trying to pass your guard standing up.
If you can’t effectively control your opponent then you’ll forever be stuck in defense. That’s why in volume 3 you’ll get all the specific skills you need to start with a single grip on his ankle ankle control and systematically progress towards some of the most powerful attacks in jiu-jitsu.
Here’s some of what you’ll learn in volume 3…
- Intro to de la Riva Guard and Ankle Control
- De la Riva Control Overview
- Knee Pressure and de la Riva Hook
- Establishing and Controlling the Far Sleeve Grip
- Sit Up Guard: Classic Sweep
- Sit Up Guard: Single Leg Takedown
- Sit Up Guard: Bump vs a Pressuring Opponent
- Sit Up Guard: Bump When Opponent Pushes Leg Down
- Sit Up Guard: Countering the Backstep
- Lo Guard: Entry & Backwards Sweep
- Lo Guard: Mermaid Sweep When Opponent Pinches Knees
- Leg Past Body: Forward Off Balance to Ankle Pick Sweep
- Leg Past Body: Switch to Sit Up Guard vs Lapel Grip
- De la Riva X: Entry & the Backwards Sweep
- De la Riva X: Forward Sweep and Single Leg
- Problem Solving: Freeing Your Leg When it Gets Trapped
- Problem Solving: Collar Grip Bolo When You Can’t Get Sleeve
- Problem Solving: Single Leg Berimbolo Alternative
- Problem Solving: Collar Grip Bump When He Steps Over Leg
- Problem Solving: Low Lapel Grip When He Blocks Grips
- Problem Solving: Fast Ankle Sweep When He Blocks Grips
- Transitions Between the Main Grips & Systems
- Ankle Gripe Control Situational Sparring
Volume 4, Gripfighting
Gripfighting is the key to setting up your own game while at the same time frustrating the hell out of your opponent
You’ll learn different effective strategies for winning the initial grip battle when you and your opponent first square off, as well as procedures for shutting down your opponent’s attempts to control your legs and pass your guard when you’ve got him in the open guard.
Dominate the grip and you’ll dominate the match!
- Intro to Grip Fighting Concepts
- Distance Management and Setting Up the Lasso
- Setting Up Far Side Collar Sleeve
- Setting Up Sleeve Control from a Collar Grip
- Collar Control to Collar Drag
- Collar Control to Ankle Pick
- Collar Control to the de la Riva
- Basic Grip Fighting Off Back and Establishing de la Riva guard
- Getting Back to Sitting from Being on Back
- Fast Grip Break to Lasso
- Setting Up Spider Off of Opponent Controlling Both Legs
- Establishing Lasso from Knee Cut Defense
- Establishing Far Side Collar Sleeve from Knee Cut Defense
- Gripfighting Situational Sparring
Volume 5, Guard Retention
Guard retention is the art and science of shutting down your opponent’s guard pass attempts so that you can keep him safely in the guard and not get crushed under his full weight in a pin.
A lot of practitioners use instinctive guard retention by trying to wildly flail their legs back into position. This is both exhausting and inefficient; there are much better, technically grounded ways to shut down the guard pass!
In volume 5 Jon Thomas shares the exact techniques and concepts that will make your guard incredibly difficult to pass.
- Intro to Guard Retention Concepts
- Concept: Elbow-Knee Space
- Concept: Centered Hips and Using Outside Leg to Recenter
- Concept: Hip Angle
- Concept: The Outside Elbow Frame
- Concept: The Inside Arm Frame
- Concept: Crunching for Easier Rotation
- Basic Toreando Defense
- Defending the One Arm Throw
- Defending the Lapel Grip Knee Cut Pass
- Defending the Leg Control Knee Cut Pass
- Defending the Knee Cut Pass with the Knee Shield
- Basic Double Under Defense
- Double Under with Cross Lapel Grip Defense
- Defending the Fast Double Under Pass
- Defending the Bear Hug on Legs
- Advice for Building Your Open Guard
- Guard Retention Situational Sparring
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