The 101 Guard Retention Tool

The Machado Method

The Breakdown:

The “What ifs” when you are going for a sweep. When you go for a sweep from guard you will give your opponent the opportunity to post his leg and stand up. Watch Master Carlos Machado provide troubleshooting and techniques on how to avoid losing the sweep and bringing the opponent back into your guard. Watch the full video where he shows the sweeps below.


Goal: Establish the 4 points of contact to not lose control  
Base position: Guard
Grips: Sleeve and collar
Sweeps: Using the momentum from getting an opponent back in your guard
Choke: X choke with both grips on the collar or one collar one wrinkle


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Carlos Machado and Hayabusa are collaborating on this series to bring you techniques never seeing outside of highly exclusive seminars before. Master Machado is a Coral belt with over 51 years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experience.

The methods and teachings in this series are suitable for all levels, and they solidify fundamental skills that will help to improve your ground game.