For starters, Royce Gracie shows readers the scissors sweep that allows you to go from a closed guard to a mounted position.
Royce has its American pupil John Burke on a closed guard. He chooses the side he wants to sweep and controls Burke’s arm with his hand, at the height of the elbow, so that John is unable to lean on it. Gracie’s other hand holds Burke’s opposite collar. The grip uses four fingers on the inside and the thumb on the outside.
Holding the grip and sliding his hip to the opposite side of the sweep (knows as “hip escape”), the black-belt opens his guard. His outer leg goes in at the pupil’s stomach height with the tip pointing to its own shin to form a hook. Royce’s leg that is on the same side that he wants to sweep stays close to the ground and leaned against Burke’s leg with his toes pointed out.
On a synchronized and continuous way, the master unites its legs on a movement similar to a scissors closing its blades. The hook shaped leg pushes and the leg that is on the ground works as a wedge. Throughout the movement, John’s arm grip should prevent him from balance while the hand holding his collar helps to move him to the desired side. It’s vital to keep both grips very firms during the move. The pupil loses his balance and falls.
At the same time he executes the scissors, Gracie follows Burke’s descending movement, going to the mounted position. Notice that once he kept the grips, Royce has the possibility to lean on the forearm that is holding Burke while the hand that is in the collar prevents the American to lift his back from the ground.
Gracie stabilizes the mounted position. Now he has a wide range of attacks to choose. From locks to chokes, all starting from a position of extreme superiority.