This is another important fundamental. Any mistake is this situation can cost the fight.
The first thing to even think of is the posture and weight distribution. The body when inside a close guard facing the opponent creates a little gap on the back exactly where the feet cross.
This gap can can be filled when you turn sideways and start to push yourself away, but it is very important to have a very good base.
Watch the video below to see how these details play out:
Once you've done the correct positioning of the body, you can turn to face your opponent again and square yourself up again.
When you do this the legs will open easily and you can start to transfer the weight to your grip and generate pressure to choose which pass you want to use.
In our JIU JITSU SCHOOL, DS TEAM JIU JITSU we run through our fundamentals every 3 months to ensure that all our students have a solid development.