Butterfly guard allows for big sweeps. It’s simple: Plant the top of each of your feet against the inside of your opponent’s thighs, pull one of their arms in, reach beneath the other for the underhook, roll to the side while extending your leg and bam– big sweep. But in order to execute the sweep properly, you can’t think big. You have to think small. Think pebble.

“No one trips over a boulder,” coach Garth said during yesterday’s noon jiujitsu class, “they trip over a pebble.” When sweeping from butterfly guard, make yourself small by contracting your limbs and tightening. Stay large and your opponent won’t fly over anything. Think small instead. Think pebble!