Focus on recomposing first

Lots of beginner students want to develop a berimbolo or a spider guard or a De la Riva guard right from the start.  It’s a classic example of wanting the shiny object. Or wanting dessert before dinner.  You see that a move is very effective or a position is very common and of course you want to practice those moves or those positions.  But I believe for beginners especially,  you should focus on learning how to retain your guard first. 

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The basics of the x-guard

The x-guard is a great position. I just posted a video going over the basics of the x-guard on YouTube. Please go check it out and give it a like —-> Here And let me know in the comments what gives you the hardest time. In my video, I break down the three major types of x guards: the modified x, single leg x, and the traditional x guard. The modified x guard is the easiest to get to from

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