|Original photo: Fightworks Podcast|
I haven't had the displeasure of being tangled up in Kayron Gracie's spidery open guard, but, if I did, I'd pack some Clif Bars and maybe some Capri Sun. Perhaps a Sherpa.
Kayron's built a solid reputation for his open guard in BJJ competition, but we haven't seen too much from him in the no-gi world. And, we've yet to see him venture in to MMA competition. Still, his guard skills are extensive and certainly adapatble to MMA.
Check out the young heir to the GB empire working several MMA guard (both closed and open guard) techniques. Great stuff. These techniques illustrate an offensive guard-based game in MMA (as opposed to the purely defensive use we see so much in modern day MMA). In recent years, the guard, as applied in MMA, has been debunked and criticized by many as being ineffective. But, the MMA game is constantly evolving and, we here at DSTRYR/sg believe the guard can still be a dangerous position in modern day MMA.