Attacking Open Guard in BJJ
Attacking Open Guard in BJJ requires a couple of small steps to start dictating the pace. First, off balancing forward and backwards. In addition, a distinguishing characteristic of great guard players is their constant use of off balancing their opponents as a precursor to their big attacks. The main directions of thos attacks from guard are forwards and backwards (there are some good off balancing moves side to side especially when wearing a gi, but most or forwards and backwards). When you go to off balance someone forward from open guard, the best methods usually involve a pull with your upper body and a push with your lower body. Also, while off balances in backward directions usually (though not always) involve a push with the upper body and a pull with the lower body. The idea is to create a simultaneous application of two forces at two locations in opposite directions. That is what knocks an opponent off balance and creates the movement you will need to break through a tough opponents stance and posture and get your moves to work! Here at Savarese BJJ (www.njbjj.com), we really stress getting your opponents back on the floor and making an agle to start you passing series.