BJJ Universe’s associate and black belt of 11 years under Team Alliance Academy in Maryland, USA, Mike Vicioustacion shows us in this 3-minute long video how to do a proper technical stand up from closed guard, and then use it to collar drag our opponent.

The technical stand up IS NOT just some warm-up drill we do that only has practical application in an MMA fight! In this video, Mike demonstrates how you can use this fundamental BJJ movement with a cross collar grip to remove yourself from the bottom of the closed guard if you feel stuck because your sweeps and submissions aren’t working. He also shows how to chain the technical stand up with the collar drag to take the top position.

The collar drag is also very useful in tournaments, especially during the initial stand-up fight.