Mechanic Sweep : Counter to the D’arce Choke

Scott Epstein from 10th Planet West LA teaches the counter to d’arce. He calls this counter the Mechanic Sweep.  As your opponent goes for the darce, you grab his wrist and c-cup his leg and sweep him.


A typical way to get to the d’arce choke is when your opponent is passing your half guard. They usually also get to the d’arce, when they pass your guard, but this counter is specifically when you are have your opponent in your half guard. Ideally, you have the lock down secured.


As your opponent goes for the choke, it’s important to make sure that you pull your head back and you immediately grab your opponents wrist. You want to make sure that they don’t connect their hands together behind your head, because that’s how they secure the d’arce. It becomes a race to see who can do this faster. If you succeed in holding their wrist down, and you can keep your head back, this is when you can go for this sweep.



While you are holding onto your opponents wrist with one hand, your other hand can c-clamp their inner thigh. Then, while you have the lockdown in place, you simultaneously lift up with your feet and with the c-clamp. You then go to your back, and sweep your opponent and end up on top.


This is a fantastic defense to the d’arce that will land you in the top position.

Plan B Sweep From Half Guard

Plan B Sweep From Half Guard

Plan B Sweep from Half Guard is a sweep you would attempt from the half-guard lockdown position. Ideally, when going for a sweep from the lockdown, you would go for the Old School Sweep or for a sweep where you are in the Dog Fight Position.


When your opponent posts out his foot, in order to prevent the sweep, this is when you take them the other way and complete the sweep. This is a great “Plan B” to your regular sweep, and is where it gets its name.



1) From the lockdown position you will want to have double under hooks.


2) You need to use your legs and also push with your arms and hands your opponents up into the air and to your right side. This is called the Whip Up.


3) When your opponent posts his foot up, you want to C-Cup your hand, and place that hand under their thigh, while your other hand wraps around their torso.


4) Then you rock to the other side and complete the sweep.



Even though this is a very effective sweep, this can also set you up for the Electric Chair.