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
There’s nothing more irritating than being stuck in the guard of a good Spider guard player. You can’t go forward. You can’t go backwards and if their grips are very good, you actually find yourself with sore biceps. Not pleasant.
Here’s the solution. In this video by Cavalcanti Jiu Jitsu. Ricardo Cavalcanti, who is a 5th degree Blackbelt under Carlson Gracie Sr shows us exactly how to break your opponents grips and pass their guard to a dominant position.
Spider guard is a great way to control your opponent with the gi. Especially if they’re bigger and stronger than you.
You can off balance them and control their pressure well. many people get stuck there though and battle to move from the control position to sweeps. Here’s a nice simple and effective sweep shown in this MMA leech video by BJJ expert Gustavo Gasperin.