Yesterday, I had the privilege of learning some Leandro Lo sweeps from none other than the 2012 lightweight world champion himself.
Sacramento Jiu-Jitsu academy hosted the champion Leandro Lo on Sunday, December 2nd 2012 for a seminar. I was there in attendance and had a great time. We started the day going over a series of sweeps that Leandro Lo taught himself with the help of Louiza Monteiro. Leandro Lo meticulously conveyed specific details in each of the three sweeps we learned. Not only did he call attention to the details (grip placements, weight distribution, movement explanations), but he also talked about the principles of each detail and why he prefers certain details over others.
Leandro Lo taught us 3 sweeps each coming from an open guard position.
To be more specific, each of the sweeps came from a hybrid position. Leandro Lo has a very dangerous guard, and such is the case because he plays guard in a way that is very fresh on the scene. The sweeps came from a position that is a hybrid of the De La Riva, X Guard, and Spider Guard. Obviously, Leandro Lo’s sweeps are effective as evidenced by his volume of accomplishments at the biggest international tournaments this year. It is very interesting to see the level of creativity, synergy, and sophistication that goes into a series of sweeps at the top of the food chain in the black belt division.
The amount of value in the principles we learned coupled with the sweeps was more than enough, in my opinion, for one seminar. He was not done teaching.