Note: this thread is for BJJ with the gi. The first time I went to the IBJJF european championship in Lisbon I was surprised how I felt in lack of control against people quickly standing up and working aggressively to pass my open guard (usually toreano/bullfighter, but also leg drags, ecc.). That was because around my area that type of aggressive standing game was uncommon. As a purple belt I've improved a lot since then, but my main game is still closed guard. Even if in training I force myself to work spider or DLR, I feel I lack some piece of the puzzle. There is a lot of quality instruction on standing open guard, especially traditional foot on hip, DLR, spider and leg lasso. There's much less on reverse DLR. But there's next to nothing about the following three key skills: 1) guard retention against an opponent wanting to stand up (I mean keeping him on the knees) 2) transition from closed guard to standing open guard (if you are unable to keep him on the knees) 3) open guard retention if some control fails (that is emergency open guard recovery) Most of the instruction around here focus on techniques, some show combinations and the best explain setups and counters. To the best of my knowledge nobody talks in depth about what to do during transitions especially in regard to grips and controls. Probably this type of material would be more useful to the higher belts, so maybe it's less "commercial". The closest I've found are the open guard videos of Braulio Estima from CageFilms; still there's currently no lesson specifically dedicated to open guard transitions and retention. Any suggestion for the three skills enumerated above?