Technique: The Over Under Sweep

A little Christmas present for our readers:

About 8 months ago I was competing at a local tournament and I came up against a strong wrestler.  I put him in my half guard and started trying to work for a kimura.  I found that I couldn’t break his arm loose and to make matters worse, he was putting a lot of pressure on me.  I had the kimura grip but because he had his hands clasped I was unable to break them loose.  So I’m sitting there, thinking, what can I do to capitalize on this kimura grip?  And it hit me: step over to take the back.  I went to step over and wound up losing my balance and sort of granby rolling, the other guy fell over I came up on top, scored points, and wound up winning the match.

Since then I have refined this move, and have had a lot of success with it.  I’ve found that it can be a potent sweep as well as entry into various submission holds.

Check out the tutorial video for the move:

This is a move that is effective if the opponent insists on putting down pressure when you have the kimura grip.  It relies on them grabbing their own hand, so if they are wearing a gi and grab their lapel, chances are they’ll be able to stop your hip movement, in my opinion this move doesn’t work nearly as well when the gi is present.

Try the move out, if you have any questions about it feel free to ask in the comments.  Let me know how it works for you.  Merry Christmas!

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Emil Fischer is an active black belt competitor under Pablo Angel Castro III training at Strong Style Mixed Martial Arts and Training Center near Cleveland Ohio ( and teaching at Ararat Martial Arts and FItness Center. For more information, other articles, and competition videos check out his athlete pages at and Emil is sponsored by Meerkatsu (, discount code EmilKatsu), Eddy's On Coventry, North Coast Cryo ( NottaRookie, YM ( discount code COOKIES), Defense Soap ( discount code COOKIES) Impact Mouthguards ( discount code EMILIMPACT), and North South Jiu Jitsu Underwear


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