Open Guard - Tripod Sweep Series (Part 2)
This series deals with the opponent attempting to disrupt your ability to use the posting foot. They can accomplish this either by turning the knee in, or pummelling the leg to split your guard. Once the opponent has split your guard you also must be aware of the opponent attempting to pass with a knee cut. It is worth noting that using the De La Riva guard (DLR) can be used to control the opponent and continue attacking the tripod if the opponent clears your hip post.
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Opponent Turns Knee In
When the opponent turns their knee in, they put you in a position of weakness and hamper your ability to transition. If left unchecked it is possible that the opponent can smash your legs to one side and sprawl into a folding pass.
Extend them to the MG Tripod when the Opponent Turns Knee In
By extending your posting leg on the hip you can elevate them and transition to the MG Tripod. The MG Tripod is a better option than the standard Tripod Sweep. This is because it allows you to keep the leg off the ground by extending and the opponent will be unable to turn their knee in again.
Kick and Extend them to the MG Tripod or SLX when Opponent Turns Knee In
Alternatively you can use your hooking leg to kick the opponents rear leg to stretch them out. This movement allows you to attack the MG Tripod or to transition to the single leg X guard (SLX).
Transition to DLR
Because the opponent has their knee pointed inwards, they are very susceptible to a DLR transition. Check the DLR section of this post for more information.
Opponent Leg Pummels to Clear Hip Post
The opponent may pummel their leg in to split your guard, or they may use their arm/hand or elbow to clear your posting leg off their hip. From this position you cannot attack with the Tripod Sweep, and is a far more dominant passing position for the top player.
Drag to SLX when Opponent Leg Pummels
Use your sleeve/wrist grip to drag the opponent as you transition your hooking leg to their near leg to elevate the leg and transition to SLX. Note that this is possible without a sleeve grip, however it is significantly easier with a grip on the opponents arm.
Chop Drag to SLX when Opponent Leg Pummels
Alternatively you can use your hooking leg to assist in chopping the opponents leg to off balance them before transitioning to SLX.
Transition to DLR
Because your posting leg is outside of the opponents lead leg you can also transition to DLR as a counter.
Opponent Knee Cuts After Leg Pummel/Clearing Hip Post
While many passes open up to the opponent when they split your guard after a leg pummel, the knee cut is a very common response. Use your hooking leg to curl in and control the opponents lead leg immediately. If not you risk the opponent being able to start attacking the knee cut.
Note in the first gif how the opponent uses their elbow to clear the foot off the hip. Showing that it is not always a leg pummel.
Leg Pummel to SLX when Opponent Knee Cuts
Use your hooking leg to extend the opponent and kick them past where they wish to go in combination with a sleeve drag. Once you have done this, pummel your posting leg back to the inside and capitalize with a transition to SLX.
Transition to RDLR and Tripod Sweep
If the opponent has begun to knee cut, transitioning to the DLR is NOT advisable, instead you should use the reverse De La Riva guard (RDLR). If you can extend the opponent with your posting foot you can attack with a Tripod Sweep. *Notice in this example how inside ankle control is used, rather than the more common outside ankle control. *
Transition to DLR
You can transition to the DLR guard reactively if the opponent clears your posting leg off the hip...
Or you can transition to the DLR proactively by your own choice...
Notice in the above example the DLR X Guard is used
DLR X Twist to Tripod Sweep
Here the DLR X guard is used to twist the opponent away, when the opponent attempts to turn back in to regain their angle you can switch to the Tripod Sweep to attack.
Deep DLR Twist to Tripod Sweep
In this example the Deep DLR is used by threading the DLR hook through to the opponents far leg. This serves the same purpose as above by twisting them and capitalizing with the Tripod Sweep when the opponent turns back in.
Sickle Sweep when Opponent Pulls Out of DLR
If your initial transition to the DLR was poor the opponent may attempt to high step out of the DLR. If this occurs it is possible you can attack by using the Sickle Sweep.