One great way to do that is to drill trigger responses into your muscles so that if your opponent makes a particular mistake you immediately capitalize on it.
These two techniques from the closed guard, Bump Sweep and Bump Sweep to Kimura, are both Trigger Techniques that our female competitors have found to be super effective in competition. Open and closed guard are effective strategies for women doing BJJ, because they play to our strengths: Flexibility and strong lower bodies and hips. But, obviously these techniques work great for guys, too!
Check out this highlight video of one of our female competitors hitting these techniques in competition both at white and blue.
Trigger: When you’re in closed guard, your opponent leans back, messes with their hair, wipes sweat off their face or only has their hands on your hips (not preventing you from sitting up)
Technique: Sit up, arm over their shoulder to cup their elbow, open guard and put leg down on mat and bump with hip to tip them over
Bump Sweep to Kimura
Trigger: When you go for Bump Sweep your opponent plants their hand on the mat to keep their balance
Technique: Hand slaps wrist and pushes it upward, other hand grapevines over arm and grabs own wrist; fall back and finish by bringing their elbow to your nose and lifting their wrist