Changing levels is an essential part of a successful shot because it allows you to more efficiently attack your opponent’s center of gravity. The seated guard is powerful for a similar reason. If your opponent is standing, you can use your seated guard to attack your opponent’s base and finish a sweep. In terms of mechanics and goals, a sweep is not that much different from a takedown. Following that line of thought, what if you thought of your seated guard as the first part of a shot? Your level has changed. Now you need to explode upward and finish the rest of the takedown.