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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How to escape side mount against a 300 plus lbs purple belt

Today we take a look at recomposing your guard. The best scenario is to recompose as your opponent is trying to pass and then re-establishing your guard again. However, if you let your opponent demolish your defenses and begin to settle into the side mount. You are in for a very tough battle. Key points include maintaining your arm frames and knowing when a position is settled. Meaning knowing when your guard is no longer viable and also when your

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