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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Developing your guard to the next level

Playing guard for a beginning student isn’t easy. In fact, starting a new activity or study comes with a lot of trial and error. In Jiu Jitsu, that means a lot of tapping. From Giving feedback: Getting feedback from training partners and instructors is an important aspect in the life of a martial artist. Feedback is how we correct holes in our games. Feedback is how we help our training partners get better. Feedback keeps us honest and humble. I

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Guard Development

I was watching my friend Jon Thomas teach a class while training at his academy in Gothenburg, Sweden. For those of you who don’t know Jon. He has one of the best spider guards in all of Jiu Jitsu. So much so that he got the nickname “macarrao” which means spaghetti in Portuguese. Partly because of his red hair but mostly because of his awesome ability to recompose his guard by utilizing his feet in even the smallest of spaces.

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