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Smashing the Open Guard with the Cradle

* I apologize about the audio, will do a better job of keeping the noise down next time 🙂 *

I am a big fan of using pins to advance positions, and there is no better place for pins than wrestling. It is the ultimate goal of wrestling, and they have centuries of experience.

BJJ and MMA are relatively new to the idea of pinning, as the goal is submission. So many people overlook the value of a good pin. Even wrestling is ignorant on how else to use a pin other than to pin.

So with some creative thinking and combining goals of pinning and submission fighting, we can create very powerful pins that can serve for submissions, TKO, and guard passing.

To start us off, I want to focus on the classic wrestling pin – the Cradle. Pretty much every wrestler on the planet knows the cradle. It is super simple and very effective.

But how will we use this pin?

I am going to show you a way to crush the sitting open guard and score a simple side mount!

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8 comments
Matt Wallace says July 13, 2017

Great stuff, yet again! Especially like the neck bridge sweep variation! Thanks!

    David Avellan says July 13, 2017

    My pleasure. Learned that neck bridge trick from my High school wrestling coach Tirso Valls.

Al says July 13, 2017

Too much background noise in Vegas

    David Avellan says July 13, 2017

    Yeah, I will clean that up next time around Al. 🙂

Shawn says July 14, 2017

Great Technique David. Can’t wait to use it. Thanks for sharing. 👍

    David Avellan says July 16, 2017

    My pleasure. Let me know how it goes for you

Daniel says July 16, 2017

Nice end very practice!!

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