Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a lot of fun and fairly safe on top of that. You start from knees. There’s little chance of breaking something unless you’re really insistent. It’s also got that element of fighting someone with specific tools that are designed to put you unconscious or leave you disabled. The combination is addictive to say at the very least.

You’ve gotten used to rolling from knees. Training partners start standing up on you. Got a problem sweeping them? Fear not. We’ve got the highest percentage sweeps lined up for you further in this article.

Your partner or opponent standing up can be a bit confounding at first. You’ve gotten used to attacking the shoulders with your hips, but now your opponent has taken them to a place you can’t reach. You’ll either stick to their hips and have them lift you or attack their arms with spider or lasso hooks. You could also stand up yourself if you prefer. So many choices; Really, your best option is working some type of leg entanglement guard like the X or De La Riva.

What to do First

The first thing you ought to do before you do anything else is take away their mobility. Otherwise, you’ll end up looking at Speedy Gonzales circling around or cartwheeling over you. You need a way of rooting them to the ground. Upper body control is great, but the easiest grip you’ll get off your back with your opponent standing is the heel grip.

Grab the heel. You’ve killed their ability run. Toreando or X are not happening. You’ll have lots of options off this heel grip.

Tripod Sweep

The first sweep you ought to check out first is the tripod sweep. It won’t telegraph much because your back stays aligned to the ground but because of the frequency of its use people will expect it more. Grab partner’s heel. Put your same side foot into their hip. Attach a butterfly hook on the other leg. With one foot trapped by your hand and the other by your butterfly hook, collapse them using the foot you have on their hip.

Sickle Sweep

The second sweep that takes a bit of hip dexterity is the sickle sweep. Personally, I prefer this one because it takes people by surprise. It’s often taught in tandem with the tripod sweep. If you’ve done the scissor sweep you’ll have little trouble with this one. You need the same heel grip we talked about before. This time however, instead of staying aligned with the ground you turn in towards the heel you’re grabbing. You should be on the same side shoulder. Your cross foot sticks to your partner’s hip while the other leg looks for your partner’s far leg either with the calf or the bottom of your foot. The bottom of your foot will give you a bit more distance. In essence, it’s the same mechanic as the minor inside trip in judo, Ko Uchi Gari. Push into your partner’s hip with your heel and because his legs are trapped by your hand and calf he goes down. Both of these sweeps work if he’s leaning backwards or trying to step out back.