Favorite Jiu-Jitsu position

Posted: January 16, 2016 in Creative Writing
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I’m sure everyone who practices Jiu-Jitsu has their favorite positions to attack or defend from, so I figured I would briefly go over mine and why it’s my favorite.  Anyone who has either watched me rolled or actually rolled with me knows that I love the guard.  My guard is by far my strongest and favorite position, and there are several reasons for that.

  1. My legs are really strong.  Thanks to all the running and rucking I did while in the Army, my legs are super strong.  I can generally hold much larger opponents in my guard, and make them expend tons of energy trying to escape.
  2. I have good pass defense.  Obviously higher belts can pass my guard with relative ease, but people of my skill level have a very hard time.  They might pass to half guard or even side control, but I can usually instantly regain guard.
  3. Submissions.  From guard I can perform some of my favorite submissions, which include the omoplata and the triangle choke.  I don’t land my submissions quickly, but rather take my time and methodically apply them making sure they are good and tight before cranking them down and finishing.
  4. Sweeps.  The other good thing about guard is if you’re having trouble finishing from the guard you can just sweep your opponent to a more dominant position and finish from there.

Now there are definitely some issues to playing the guard game.  First if you pull guard at the start of the match you’re already giving up points.  Second if you’re passive in the guard position then you’re not gaining points, and could easily run out of time losing you’re match.  This was a problem for me early on in my Jiu-Jitsu and Army Combatives career as I would pull guard and hold it, while not transitioning to a dominant position when it was clear that I couldn’t finish from guard.

Thank you for reading, please like, comment, and share.  Let me know what you think about the guard and what your favorite position is in Jiu-Jitsu.



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