The 2010 Pan Am Sweep

One of the techniques that was brought back from the 2010 Pan Am was a sweep.  I don’t have a name for it so I’m calling it the 2010 Pan Am Sweep.

2010 Pan Am Sweep Part 1
2010 Pan Am Sweep Part 2

Here it is demonstrated by Miles (who competed in the Pan Am) and Chris.  Like I always say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  I’m not sure what is ever "new" in BJJ.  I think a lot is rediscovered.  What ever the case it is new to me.  Techniques continues to evolve and revolve in BJJ.  Going to a big tournament like the Pan Am gives you exposure to it all.

One of the things I like about this sweep is soliciting the reaction you want.  When the arm is pushed down and the leg pushes you toward your trapped arm you feel like your base is gone.  You push back against the leg and add force to the sweep.  This is another fine example of  BJJ’s principal of using technique not muscle and of using your opponents force against him.

I also might point out this is a Half Guard Sweep.  I think it might come in handy if I fail a Spider Guard Sweep.  I’ll have to experiment with it.

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4 Responses to “The 2010 Pan Am Sweep”

  1. Wow, I learned that sweep before (although I can’t pull it off because I get nervous doing moves, like rolling over backwards, that put pressure on my neck). I learned it at Fightzone in Rio when I took a class there. It’s part of a series (you showed two of them there) of about 6 moves. If you’re playing around with it, one of the other parts is kicking your left leg up and coming around for a back take. I don’t remember the rest, but they are all based on reactions to defend the sweep (one is a deep half, one is technical stand up etc, so I’m sure you will figure them out).

    My halfguard sweeps are pretty simple 1) Old school, 2) Plan B, and 3) Fowler’s Unstoppable sweep (60% of the time, it works everytime!).

  2. What are the names of the ones I’m showing? Can you find them for me?

  3. I’ll ask my friend the next time I see him (he lived there for 6 months and was the one who took me to the school). I don’t speak portugeuse so I was just following along with “monkey see monkey do”. He probably knows how to do it, but it takes me way more than one class to learn how to do something properly. Old dog, new tricks etc. etc.

  4. Thank you!