I know, there are many open gurads (spider, x, etc.), but here is my problem. For the purposes of this questsion, I am talking about the open guard, where opponent has control of sleeves or collar and one sleeve and is controlling my hips or hips/knees/arm with is feet. I know how to get off each hook. For example, if foot on hip, step back. If foot behind knee, turn knee inwards. If foot on bicep, thrust pelvis in. My problem is that I never seem to know which hook to go for first. I also never know if and how I should break the opponents grip on my collar or sleeve. I find myself very sloppy and confused. So first question, if opponent has a grip on your collar and gi sleeve while your standing and has hooks in behind knees or on my hips, do I break his hand grips first or do I just try to get his feet off of me. Then, how do you effectively break tight grips while opponent has your gi (other than thrusting around wildly) Seems like a basic question, but after a year of training, it is suprising that I was given no instruction on how to systematically think about the process of passing open gurard.