improving your guard game on your own

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by almann1979, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. almann1979

    almann1979 Orange Belt

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    My guard game is pathetically weak.

    I offer no offensive threat, and am passed every time straight into side control very very easily.

    Obviously I work on this at class when I can, but we only drill what the instructor is teaching, and my only time to work on it is rolling.

    I have no training partner at home.

    I do have a grappling dummy, but they obviously have their floors, especially when working on your bottom game.

    What can I do in my own time at home to work on this?

    Thanks, Al
     
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  2. triangle killer

    triangle killer Purple Belt

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    Something :eek::eek::eek::eek: this?

     
  3. almann1979

    almann1979 Orange Belt

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    Wow, what a video!!!! Just tried that briefly myself up against my wall.

    Its not easy, I kept pushing myself away.

    Thanks :)

    I'll get on with watching the rest of it now :)
     
  4. Easto

    Easto Green Belt

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    Welcome to BJJ

     
  5. Uchi Mata

    Uchi Mata Preaching the gospel of heel hooks and left kicks

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    Getting on the wall is important. Also, try to find someone else who wants more drilling and come in during some other class and just drill off to the side. I find that instructors rarely have any problem with students wanting to work more on their BJJ, as long as you're not a distraction. Drilling weak points is the fastest way to get better, if you just go to class progress is much slower.
     
  6. gururise

    gururise White Belt

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    Stay on top?
     
  7. almann1979

    almann1979 Orange Belt

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    Uchi, I'm new to this, but your advice is always first class.

    Thanks
     
  8. lonewolf210

    lonewolf210 Orange Belt

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    I'm still new to this too but I would recommend trying to learn an open guard. It helped me a ton because I knew I had options once my guard was broken, instead of just laying there with no idea what to do as they passed. It also forced me to learn to control my opponents posture a lot faster.

    Actually I like playing open guard more than closed guard now.
     
  9. hell wall

    hell wall Blue Belt

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    Also when in guard if they are not trapping u there a quick standup is an effective technique
     
  10. BJJ_Rage

    BJJ_Rage Gold Belt

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    the walll walk is good to improve your guard, but you have to have some kind of skills already to go inverted, and it seems you are not there yet... look for videos on guard retantion, also, you offer no offense because you dont have an objective, you dont know what to look for, so you are probably just messing with your legs without a plan, basically just wating to get pass... it happens, A LOT.. if you wanna offer some kind of offense, get a weapon, meaning get good at 1 submission from your guard, triangles are normally very easy to get good at (depending on your size) from there, try to look for set ups, and build your guard game around that submission, you could also add a sweep, scissor sweeps are normally very easy to do, and there happenes to be nice set up for triangles from the scissor sweep...

    if you have a goal, its always much easier, you are constantly looking for opportunities to get the sub, if you see one, you will take it, and if your attack is good and faster than the defense from your opponent, chacnes are you are going to get it (of course you are still going to get rape by upper belts, but at least you will hold your own vs fellow white belts)
     
  11. BJJ_Rage

    BJJ_Rage Gold Belt

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    he wants advice to work on his guard and you say STAY ON TOP?

    that was a very very "sesudo" tip. :rolleyes:
     
  12. DaGenius

    DaGenius Silver Belt

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    Hey thanks for these two videos! Useful stuff
     
  13. almann1979

    almann1979 Orange Belt

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    Yes, thanks everybody again for the advice :)
     
  14. had0uken

    had0uken White Belt

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    Good luck man ...

    Thanks for the videos!! Wow, sub'd!
     
  15. Montada912

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  16. KikoJones

    KikoJones Blue Belt

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    Something that helped me a lot was actively blocking the crossface and pushing the head to make space and recover my guard.
    Once my Guard was being passed, I'd wait until Side Control to fight them off. Why? Because I knew Closed Guard and I knew working from Side Control but I hadn't grasped the transition.
    Kurt Osiander's videos drilled it in my head, "You Fcuked up a long time ago." What did I do or didn't do that lead to my predicament?
     
  17. randomg1t

    randomg1t EVERYTIME CHAMPION

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    this alone will make your guard a lot more difficult to pass. one of the best videos on the topic i've ever come across.

     
  18. had0uken

    had0uken White Belt

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    i'm experiencing difficulties with the wall walk drill. I keep pushing my body back.
     
  19. Uchi Mata

    Uchi Mata Preaching the gospel of heel hooks and left kicks

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    It might be a flexibility issue, though this is a pretty common problem to have at the beginning. Instead of pushing with your toes against the wall, try gripping the wall with your toes, monkey foot style. Use that grip to try to pull yourself towards the wall.
     
  20. BJJArsenal

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    Don't push your body at all, just spin it.
     

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