Friday, August 05, 2005

BJJ Move #47: In Guard

Tips for when you are inside someone's guard.

WARNING! These techniques could result in serious injury or death if practiced incorrectly or even if performed correctly. They should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.

In Guard:

· You can’t submit your opponent effectively from here, so don’t try to choke him with your forearm or bend his wrists. Work on passing the guard. In a fight, you can pick him up and slam him, or punch him from inside the guard, but submissions aren’t practical, and watch out for his submissions and sweeps.
· Don't rise up on your feet (you’ll get swept).
· Don't let him hold you against his chest (you’ll get choked or swept); sit up straight.
· Don’t let your opponent put one of your arms in his guard and the other outside (you’ll get triangle choked).
· Don’t put your hands on the ground above (you’ll get armlocked) OR below (armlocked or shoulderlocked) his shoulders.
· Put one hand on his chest with that shoulder turned toward him while sitting up, to keep him from sitting up (and doing an ‘up-and-over’), but don’t press down on his chest with strength and a straight arm (you’ll get armlocked).

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