“What we do today, right now, will have an accumulated effect on all our tomorrows.” (Alexandra Stoddard)
“A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own.” (Latin Proverb)
“It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.” (Paul “Bear” Bryant)
If I told you I knew 6 simple training tips that would make your closed guard more threatening to your opponents, would you be interested?
If you’re a serious grappler, the answer is obviously yes!
And though these tips probably aren’t new or exciting, they could mean the difference in you having better control of your opponent and improving your submission attempts, while keeping your opponent from cutting through your closed guard like a hot knife through butter.
Here are Tips 1-3 for improving your closed guard attacks:
Tip #1: Don’t allow your opponent to get their grips – When grapplers start out sparring in the guard position, the grappler on the bottom usually allows the grappler inside their guard to get their grips so they can start to escape. Every time you allow your opponent to get their grips while inside your guard first, you give them an advantage that makes it easier for them to pass your guard.
Tip #2: Keep your opponents head in front of their hips – I know, how do I keep my opponent’s head in front of their hips during a match. You do that by forcing your opponent to use bad posture and not allowing them to get correct posture. The easiest way to do that is by pulling your opponent off his base by pulling them forward towards you. If your opponent can’t maintain good posture, it’s highly unlikely they’ll be able to pass your guard.
Tip #3: Get into your opponent’s “blind spot” by using angled attacks – Whenever you start with your opponent in your guard and you’re parallel with them, your opponent can see you using their full mat vision. But once you start breaking down their posture (while scooting out your hips off their center line), you’ve moved into their “blind spot”, making the task of keeping their natural body posture more important than trying to pass your guard. Your opponent can’t stop you from sweeping or submitting them if they can’t see or face you head-on.
In the next article (Part 2), I will reveal Tips 4-6 for improving your closed guard attacks.
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