Single Leg X Guard: Powerful Techniques You Should Learn

The single-leg x guard is one of the strongest positions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It is a practical stance for controlling your opponent, sweeping him, submitting him with leg locks, etc.

Grapplers use the SLX guard to submit their opponents using leg locks (straight ankle lock, toe hold, heel hook, etc.), or sweep them using the twisting sweep, hook sweep, etc. Furthermore, you can profit from this guard by entering more authoritarian positions such as the X-Guard.

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In this step-by-step guide, we will teach you everything you need to know about the SLX guard. You will learn how to enter this guard position and how to attack and defend from there effectively. Let’s get started!

Single Leg X Guard BJJ Explained

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The single-leg X is a fundamental Brazilian jiu-jitsu guard. In this position, the bottom player is underneath his opponent with one of his feet in the hip of the standing opponent and both knees tightly pinching the wrapped opponent’s leg.

Indeed, This control applies significant pressure to your opponent’s leg and knee-line, allowing you to perform some exciting sweeps, submissions, and transitions.

The BJJ single leg X is an excellent open guard that resembles a closed guard. As you may know, an open guard is more versatile and provides more attacking options.

However, it is not as secure defensively as the closed guard depending on the variation.

Nevertheless, the jiu-jitsu single leg X guard is a hybrid of fast and open guards that, when used correctly, can help with a variety of situations on the mat.

Kaynan Duarte demonstrates some key concepts for making your SLX guard unstoppable in the video below.

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Jiu-Jitsu Single Leg X Guard Entries

You can enter the SLX from many guard positions, including the closed guard, butterfly guard, X guard, spider guard, etc.

The following video highlights some of the best single-leg X entries.

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Here are two other SLX entries in no-gi jiu-jitsu by Marcelo Garcia

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Single Leg X-Guard BJJ Submissions

The single leg x guard can offer you several excellent submissions. Leg locks are the obvious attacking options because it is so similar to the straight Ashi Garami.

However, when IBJJF rules prohibit knee reaps, the attacking options are limited to a straight ankle lock or toe hold.

Here are some of the best submissions you should know from this position.

Ashi Garami (Straight Ankle Lock)

The Ashi Garami is a leg lock attack that hyperextends the opponent’s leg joints forcing him to tap out.

It can be entered from several BJJ positions, including the butterfly guard, X guard, Single leg X-guard, etc.

Here is how to perform the single leg X Ashi Garami submission.

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Toe Hold 

The toe hold is another attack option from the single leg X position. It can be done from the top Ashi Garami.

Mikey Musumeci teaches you some key points to get a toe hold submission properly from the single leg X position in the following video.

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Heel Hook

The heel hook is another possible submission from the SLX guard in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

In the following video, Andre Galvao teaches you the whole process of getting a heel hook from the single leg X position.

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Single Leg X to X Guard

The Single Leg X to X Guard is a powerful and versatile transition in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It is advantageous whenever you’re stuck at the SLX guard.

Otherwise, it provides more solid control over the opponent since the X-Guard is a more advanced and sophisticated grappling position. As a result, it may assist in manipulating the opponent’s balance and mobility while also setting up numerous sweeps and submissions.

The video below explains when and how to transition from single-leg X to X guard.

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Single Leg X Guard Jiu Jitsu Sweeps

The single leg X-guard is a great and practical position to sweep your opponent. Here are some of the best sweeps available from this guard type. 

Twisting Sweep 

The twisting sweep is one of the basic SLX guard sweeps. It is unstoppable once you figure out how to maintain complete control over the opponent’s trapped leg.

Here is how to execute the twisting sweep of the single leg X guard in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

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Single Leg X to Hook Sweep

The hook sweep is another impressive sweep that can be reached from the single leg X position.

In the following video, Adam Wardzinski demonstrates how to enter and finish the hook from the single leg X-guard in BJJ.

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Single Leg X Guard Pass

There are several options to pass a single leg X guard. Although you should first be familiar with the essential guard passes since the SLX guard passes are advanced moves.

These are excellent guard passes to learn how to float and leg hammer and avoid leg locks.

You’ll get a mini guard passing system against an SLX guard in the following video.

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Single Leg X Guard Defense

The Single Leg X guard is a close-range guard in which the top player stands or kneels with one free leg and two free hands.

Otherwise, the bottom player will win. Whatever your opponent, you should keep a consistent connection on the opponent’s hip and proper weight distribution.

To defend and counter the SLX, the top player should remove the bottom player’s frames and connection and disturb his weight. Then he’ll use a guard pass or switch to submissions like leg locks.

Lucas Lepri demonstrates how to correctly break the single leg X in the video below.

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Conclusion

The single leg X guard is a strong position in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. You can use it to sweep your opponent or submit him with various joint locks.

In this article, you learned how to perform the Ashi Garami submission from the single leg X-guard and some basic sweeps and submissions. 

Practice these techniques frequently to incorporate them into your BJJ game.

Share your thoughts; Is the single leg X one of your favorite guards?

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Single Leg X?

The single leg X guard is a powerful position in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. You can use it to sweep your opponent or submit him with various leg joint locks.

How Do You Enter Single Leg X?

There are several ways to enter the single leg X-guard. But, the most common entries are from the butterfly guard, X guard, etc.

How Do You Use Single X-Guard?

There are several ways to use the X-guard, but one of the most common ways is to use it to sweep your opponent. Additionally, you can use it to submit your opponent using a straight ankle lock and other leg locks submissions.

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