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Friday, October 4, 2013

IF IT'S FANCY GUARD PLAY YOU CRAVE, THEN THAT'S WHAT YOU SHALL RECEIVE. BEHOLD, THE "GUARDA HIBRIDA" (HYBRID GUARD).


We get that, despite your mere 2 or 3 years on the mats, that you're a complex, intelligent grappler, wise beyond your years and craving for techniques worthy of your skills and mastery.  Lo, and behold, this fancy guard and sweep arrives just in time to satisfy your needs, if only for a while.

I'll admit that, even as an advanced grappler with many, many years of training, I err on the side of simple and direct.  Others of my era and/or team have gone on to find their homes in the x's and reverse x's and inverted De La Riva thingies.  That's cool.  In contrast, I'll still play a pretty mean closed guard, when it's appropriate.  I don't spend too much time upside-down either.  But, that's just me.

If you have the right set of skills and like intricate guard-work, you're going to like this guard.  I honestly like it too, despite my kidding.  My only criticism is that, like other complex guards, this one has many moving parts and that can be difficult to put together in "real time" against a skilled opponent.  I am particularly wary of any guard that requires a hand switch on grips, but that's just me.  So, go get em'.

Side Note:  This video comes from Gracie Barra, Brazil, but I unfortunately don't know the names of the coaches and they are not listed.  If anyone does, let me know and we'll credit them (as they deserve it).

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