Belt Sweep

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
By BJJ.Org Featured Contributor Gene "Aranha" Simco.

These techniques should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.
Practicing the moves incorrectly could result in serious bodily injury or death.


Belt Sweep
1.  In this situation, I am trying to set Richie up for a 'scissors' sweep, which means my right shin is across his belly, and I am trying to sweep him to my left.  To defeat my efforts, Richie posts out with his right hand, and makes the mistake of pushing down across my body with his left hand.
2. To capitalize on this mistake, I stay very close to him, and secure his left hand/arm with my body & left arm.  With my right hand, I grab his belt (or pants), and sit as far up as I can.
3.  Staying close to his head, I rock back and kick him up & to the right of my body with his weight balancing on my right shin.
4. This is just a picture of the 'landing' with some space made so you can see the positioning.
5.  And this is my 'hold down to secure my position - I am Pulling his left arm into me, my right leg is parallel to his body, and my left is based out - with weight on his face.

Techniques demonstrated by Gene Simco and Rich Hill. Photography by Adam Weissman. This information was originally published on It is made available on BJJ.Org by the express permission of featured contributor Gene "Aranha" Simco. Downloaded on Wed Jun 26 17:44:44 PDT 2002.
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