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Learn How to do the BJJ Balloon Sweep

This has got to be one of the most fun Jiu-Jitsu sweeps even for the guy being swept.  I know in reality you could slam someone to the ground with it and cause serious damage.  But we don’t want to hurt our training partner as Conan talked about in his latest post entitled "Injuries".  In the two videos I am wearing my red Atama Mundial #5.  I am swept by my instructor Mark Johnson and I then sweep Brad, a fellow student.  Keep in mind this is the first time I’ve done this.  But at the same time my mistakes I think will help you see how to improve your Balloon Sweep.  I am sorry some of the sound quality isn’t the best.

Having the power to lift the person and balance them isn’t hard as long as you position them correctly.  Notice how I don’t get the positioning right.  I weigh 208.5 lb right now.  Mark sweeps me like a rag doll.  Brad weighs less them me.  I have trouble getting my legs straightened.  With practice I’ll get it, I know, but the video does do a good job of illustrating difficulties you may face too.

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4 Responses to “Learn How to do the BJJ Balloon Sweep”

  1. Very nice. I love the balloon sweep. I’ve been working on it a lot lately, but there is seldom room on the mats to perform it without flipping my training partner into another pair of grapplers.

  2. […] class.  I lost a lot of rolls but got in some good sweeps.  It was the first time I did a Balloon Sweep.  I ended up stopping about 15 minutes shy of the full hour and a half because of a […]

  3. […] goals for my self to focus on and I met about half of them.  I even got my new favorite sweep, the Balloon sweep.  It was on a white belt but none the less enjoyable.  I tapped out a fellow blue belt, […]

  4. […] other thing I like about it is it doesn’t let the opponent flail about.  When you do a Balloon Sweep, sometimes people freak out and kick their legs about.  This just hurts them when they strike […]