Tag Archive: the guard

Parallettes Fun for BJJ….

I definitely have to get me a set of parallettes and this video shows why. Like Ive said a million times before, Im always on the look out for better kdrills and workouts to help my sorry old ass stay competitive in BJJ and this routine is another great routine to add to any BJJ guys aresenal.

I Love how he incorporates passing drills into the routine using the parallette bars…



Cobrinha Warm Ups..

I am always on the lookout for better ways to drill and warmup.  Well in this video from Cobrinhabjj.com I think I hit the jack pot. Here are some unique drills that are a definite must-add to your jiu jitsu workouts.  I especially like how Cobrinha adds some capoeira into the routine plus the heavy drilling for the inverted guard…


If you havent heard about Miyao brothers yet then give it time, you will. These two brothers have been burning up the tournament circuit and dazzling people with their use of De la Riva Guard, reverse De la Riva guard and Berimbolo sweep.   Its been hard to find opponents that can stop their onslaught, but in this video we get to see the rare individual that can in Marcio Andre.

This is a great match to watch for anyone who is having trouble dealing with these kinds of attacks as you get to see how Andre stifles a lot of the techniques that usually work for the Miyao brothers .

This is one of my absolute favorite combo attacks from the Butterfly guard.  The first time you drill this combo it seems very awkward to do.   After a little while you realize that these two moves really flow nicely together.  Most of the time this just ends up being a sweep for me ending with me mounted or in the cross-sides position. I’m not very good with the reverse-arm bar (mainly cause I never drill it) so I just go for the lead in to the sweep.

Work this one to the bone, this is a great combo…


Keeping with the theme of the week here is a guillotine choke escape from the guys at submission 101. This covers escaping the guillotine when caught in the guard…..

Last day for the stability ball theme Ive had going this week. This time out,the roll over. This is a perfect exercise for guard development.  This also gets you used to being stacked up while holding the guard.


In keeping with the stability ball theme this week , here are three exercises from the guys at Bjj workouts. These are some really good hip and leg variations for guard work…..

I remember when I received my blue belt how I had the atypical newbie-type guard. I would use the closed guard almost exclusively and pray that no one pried open my legs before I could submit them. Open guard was something I saw higher belts use that left me in awe of their ability.

This was one of my biggest trouble areas I had to overcome in jiu jitsu because to me, at the time, it was so complex a problem.  One day I decided to do a private lesson with my then instructor Craig Kukkuk.  When I arrived that day to meet Craig, about 2 hours before class started, he asked me what I wanted to work on. When I explained my predicament to him he laughed, and said  “Thats an easy one, you need to use the  “No-hands” drill”.

This is one of the best guard drills in jiu jitsu I’ve ever learned.  It’s the one I still drill to this day and probably will to the day I die. The idea is to only use your legs and hip movement to prevent a person from passing your guard. Your hands are best left to just holding onto to your belt to help you resist the urge to use them. If its no-gi, then just grab the waist band on your shorts.   The point is to develop your open guard so don’t just try to hold onto the person in your closed guard. Make sure you open up your guard and try to use your legs and hip movement to keep your opponent from passing.

Warning: In the beginning this is the most frustrating drill ever devised.  You’re going to be passed, and passed easily, but over time, if you stick with it, it will become harder and harder for your opponent to pass. A time will come when its not you who’s frustrated anymore but the person who is trying to pass your guard.

After I had learned this drill I did it every time I trained in class. In a month’s time there was a noticeable difference  in my open guard. I no longer feared using the position. I have seen black belts that were so good at this drill they would tap people out with a triangle or sweep someone then mount them.

So if you’re trying to develop your open guard , I strongly recommend using this drill as much as you can.

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