For the past month I’ve been focusing on strictly drilling guard passing and defense. Guard passing is that position that you know you need to work on but never really seem to. (kinda like takedowns) But I decided enough is enough and it’s time to bring my weaknesses into the light. So in open gym I find some willing chap who’s not opposed to a lot of repetition and we take turns passing each other’s guards. So far I’ve learned a few things that I should have already known. Things such as:
-Angle a bit when approaching from sitting to avoid the easy leg swing (drag) pass.
-If you feel the opponent is passing, get out of that angle and square up to make both sides equally unpassable.
-Tripod sweep is always there. If you go to DLR guard, don’t just stall but push and pull to unbalance your partner.
-Every time you sweep from the guard watch out that your feet/legs/heels aren’t in danger. (I got double ankle locked when I pulled off a double ankle grab sweep…it was kind of embarrassing.)
-Closed guard is great but don’t rest too long. Keep them guessing with different pressures and grips. I seem to get the hip bump sweep and its options quite a bit on good nights.
-You can always lift the opponent into the air if they get too close. This will freak them out.
-Don’t forget that there are some sweeps and submissions that can be performed as they try to pass.
-And finally remember to realize when you’ve failed and get into a good defensive posture asap. I’m slowly learning how to invert as an emergency resort. More on this in later posts.
When it comes to passing I’m getting my custom game happening. Really it’s just having 3 options from combat base and 2 from standing. I’m landing passes more and more mostly because I’m understanding what needs to be blocked and how to keep the pressure on. I was getting trapped in the knee shield guard but with some help from my instructor and some other sources I think I have that licked. I’ll let you know if I nail it next time. See ya.