Stop Falling for the X-Guard Sweep

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Roger Gracie plays X-guard against Xande Ribeiro at the 2006 Pan. (GRACIEMAG archive photo)

One of the most important parts of Jiu-Jitsu is posture, especially when you’re on top and your opponent’s a savvy sweeper.

And if he’s got a modern game, X-guard is certainly one of the weapons he’ll have up his sleeve to slap you with a reversal and land on top.

So what do you do when he traps your thigh between his crossed feet (hence the “X”) and gets under you? How do you keep from getting swept?

Keep cool, dug up a simple and well-explained position to help you out. See if the following video doesn’t do the trick.

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