The Pendulum Sweep

The pendulum sweep — also known as the Xande sweep and flower sweep — starts most commonly from your closed guard has a few variations.

The primary method of unbalancing the opponent during this sweep is that chopping leg and the motion of your hips.

Let’s take a look at a few different variations of the basic technique and some of the possibilities from there.

Pendulum Sweep

The spinning arm bar is a perfect secondary technique to the sweep. Note the leg position for maximum leverage!

Flower Sweep and Arm Bar

This video shows a nice detail about using high guard to catch the arm bar.

Lovato shows the “Xande Sweep”

Note the detail Rafael Lovato uses on the pants grip, which differentiates this variation from the other 2 sweeps.



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