Full Guard: Deep Underhook setups for the Pendulum Sweep and Back Triangle
by Michael Murrell
(San Francisco, CA, US)
The Claw Grip: Starting in Full Guard, the bottom man uses double underhooks, with a Gable grip, to spread his opponents arms out above his head. The bottom man switches to a head & arm grip then turns all the way on his side, toward the hand opposite of his underhook. He proceeds to use his under hook to reach over his opponents neck and grip his throat, making sure to avoid his opponents jugular.
The Pendulum Sweep: Pulling his opponents neck down, and arm across his chest, the bottom man reaches with his free hand for the nearest leg, pulling himself onto his shoulder into a Granby Roll position. While pulling the neck down, swinging his top leg in the direction that his opponents head is pointing, and simultaneously lifting his opponents leg and his own hips, completing the Pendulum sweep.
The Mount to the Back Triangle: Maintaining the Claw grip on his opponents neck, the top man brings his opponents free hand to the mat and slides his shin over the bicep and underneath the head. Leaning to the side he locks the Back Triangle and looks for any number of finishes from the lock position.