Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Defending the Jump to Guard

A tactic that has evolved mainly from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and submission grappling tournaments is for fighters to jump into the guard, with the hope of taking there opponent to the ground. This avoids any type of standing fight and places the person jumping to guard in a position which most likely they feel more comfortable.

There are some who feel that this is a very negative approach to fighting, not showing the true nature of a martial artist which is to avoid as much negativity as possible, whilst others see it as a very tactical technique for drawing a fight into an area where one fighter can dominate the other. However you look at it, it is a part of martial arts and for this reason counter attacks to it must be took seriously and practised regularly.

Below are a few counters which may help when defending the jump to guard,

Be cautious of your opponents grip – For your opponent to jump into guard he must be gripping you securely. If he gets a strong grip of your arm or sleeve, lapels, behind your neck or a single or double over/under hook (around your triceps or under your arm pits) chances are he shall be attempting either a takedown or a jump to guard. Either fight, in order to break your opponents grip or be ready to defend with a technique below or any other once they perform the jump.

Step back and side turn – Once your opponent jumps in order to secure his legs around you, simply step one leg slightly back whilst turning your body sideways to your opponent. What this does, is it moves one hip backwards and makes it hard for your opponent to “sit” comfortably on you. Chances are he shall just fall to the ground straight away or shall struggle in order to stay on you for a couple of seconds before falling. However, he shall probably want to pull you down with him so be prepared.

Bring a knee up – As your opponent jumps in, simply bring your knee up close to your chest so your opponent jumps into your shin. This can sometimes be very painful for him as he can catch your shin right on the family jewels. It will definitely make him think twice about trying to jump into guard!

Start your guard pass once they have jumped in – If your opponent does make a successful jump into guard, start your guard pass whilst standing. From a standing position some good guard passes are to push one of his knees down in order to break his hold (This will be easier from a standing position), or to push his hips down towards the floor.
He shall find it hard to stay holding on around you with his legs when you do this. Chances are, if he has a strong grip of you with his hands, he shall just simply undo the guard and you shall both end up standing. Secondly, if you can break the grip he has on you with his hands, he shall have nothing to hold and shall flop backwards towards the floor from the waist whilst you are standing. This will make it easy for you to hook underneath one of his legs, allowing you to turn him round with the opportunity to take side control or his back.

As with everything and stated many times on this website, there is never a guarantee that any of these techniques will work. What there is though, is the possibility that they will work which is better than nothing. Practise the techniques and come up with some more of your own.

By dropping to the floor once your opponent has jumped to guard you are playing his game. The idea when grappling and with all martial arts in fact, is that YOU want to be the person in control. Make your opponent play YOUR game. By him wanting to take you to the floor shows that he feels more comfortable there, so the best thing you can do is go to the ground when YOU want to, making sure it is YOU who has the most dominant position and higher level of comfort once there.


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