Fake Open Guard to Overhand

If you're in the top guard position and don't make an effort to pass, your opponent can focus more intently on defending your strikes and setting up a submission. You must always switch things up, and this technique is one of my favorite ways to accomplish that. By using a hand to pry your opponent's legs apart, you force him to focus on the lower half of his body. While he is concentrating on defending against a pass, you quickly come over the top with an overhand to his face.

I'm in Mark's full guard.

I arch my right arm over the top to sell the overhand.

I'm in Beach's guard, preparing to fake an overhand right to set myself up for an elbow strike.

As Beach lifts his left arm to block the overhand, I rotate my right arm in and prepare to drop a downward elbow to his sternum.

Dropping my weight and utilizing the momentum generated by the fake overhand, I drive the tip of my right elbow into Beach's solar-plexus.

In this technique you throw your right arm high as if you are going to deliver an overhand to your opponent's face. The overhand is a powerful punch that is easy to see coming, and you can almost guarantee that your opponent will cover his head with his arms the moment your arm goes up. This allows you to abandon the overhand and drive an elbow straight down into his solar-plexus.

I arch my right arm over the top to sell the overhand.

I'm in Beach's guard, preparing to fake an overhand right to set myself up for an elbow strike.

As Beach lifts his left arm to block the overhand, I rotate my right arm in and prepare to drop a downward elbow to his sternum.

Dropping my weight and utilizing the momentum generated by the fake overhand, I drive the tip of my right elbow into Beach's solar-plexus.

Still pushing on Reagan's knee with my left hand, I let go of his ankle and throw an overhand right.

Because I managed to steer Reagan's focus away from protecting his face, I catch him off guard and land my right hand to his jaw.

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