The ‘basic’ butterfly guard sweep is anything but basic. It is an extremely powerful and sophisticated attack that is difficult for your opponent to resist. In addition, this sweep has many followups and recounters, which can make life unstable and unpleasant for your opponent.
Major Sweeping Directions in the Butterfly Guard
In the butterfly guard you can sweep your opponent in every direction using different sweeps and variations. There are 4 major directions you can sweep him in:
- To your right
- To your left
In both following techniques I sweep my opponent to my right, but one variation takes him directly to the side and the other takes him over at a 45 degree angle.
There are many different sweeps and attacks from the butterfly guard, but the ‘basic’ butterfly sweep is probably the most important move.
Here I discuss the two most important variations of the ‘basic’ butterfly sweep. These two variations have many similarities and a few important differences. If you are serious about developing your butterfly guard you should train both variations: depending on the situation you find yourself in you may use either sweep.
- Sweeping your opponent at 45 degrees
- Sweeping your opponent sideways
Both variations can be done from a variety of grips and positions. Here we will start in a common position: sitting upright with one arm under his arm (an ‘underhook’) and one arm over his arm (an ‘overhook’).
The following is a small portion of the curriculum from my DVD, “Dynamic Guard Sweeps”