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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Why You Should Develop Your Guard Game Around Submissions

Developing a good guard game is no easy task. The guard is the foundational position in Jiu Jitsu. It’s what sets us apart from the other grappling arts. You get points in a tournament for sweeping from your guard. As well as your opponent — if they manage to pass your guard. So it’s a very important position. While there are no shortages of guard techniques online with resources like YouTube and other online training sites gaining in popularity. Putting

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