The guard is the quintessential BJJ position. Until BJJ players started developing the guard position, martial artists who landed on their backs where in deep, deep trouble. That’s all changed. With a powerful guard game you can sweep and submit your opponents which gives you a whole new bag of tricks. If someone’s in your guard, it means you’re on your back in a fight and while it’s great that there are submissions available, many times it’s better for you to just reverse the position and get on top. The way to do that is to sweep your opponent. There are many sweeps and submissions from the guard and the more effectively you can use them, the less time you will spend suffering at the bottom.Get these right and you don’t have to lose the fight if you wind up on your back. You can actually become the aggressor and win.
You may have heard of the X guard made famous by Marcelo Garcia. In this video, Stephan Kesting introduces us to the 5 basic positions. There’s a whole game from here that’s amazing once you get into it.
I’m a big fan of getting the basics right. When it comes to Spider guard, this couldn’t be more true.
If you’re a fan of the Spider guard but are battling to finish from there, make sure you’re getting the basics right.
Check out this BJJ Joe video by Professor Kris Kim of Yongsan BJJ at Trent Warrior Fitness Center, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Seoul, Korea. The detail in the grip explanations is simply phenomenal.
Be sure to check out the notable points at these times:
0:15 Grip Basics
1:30 Establishing Position
4:22 Foot & Hand Position
7:20 Basic Movement
This video is a perfect storm of sick techniques. BJJ Wizard, Marcus Almeida aka ‘Buchecha’ shows us how to take the back from closed guard and transition to the mount at will from there.
The reason I like this video so much is that there’s nothing complex here, just good solid technique. Closed guard is an iconic position of BJJ. The back take and the mount are arguably the two most dominant positions. In this video, you learn how to go from one to the other to the other in a simple and almost unstoppable sequence. The best part is that you can rely on the fact that it’s rock solid technique, because the instructor is Buchecha himself. It doesn’t come much better than this, so go drill it.