Forging A 40 Plus Guard, Part 1

First of all, I wanted to thank everyone for all of
the great feedback on 40 Plus BJJ Success.
I’ve been getting tons of emails and PMs from
people who are finding a ton of value in the
perspective and strategies, and have been
implementing them into their jiu-jitsu games.

Ok, back to it! <New Video Below>

Last time I wrote about developing a “Power
Position”-oriented strategy that encompasses
every aspect of your game…

Beyond simply “fighting for top,” this means
having a comprehensive game plan
for achieving your strongest — and safest —
offensive and defensive positions.

Let me be clear — this does NOT mean that you
should just try to bowl people over and neglect
developing a great guard!

What it does mean is that even your guard tactics

will facilitate:

1) slowing down faster, more explosive
athletes;

2) playing a game that best protects your body
from injury and wear & tear; and

3) achieving those dominant power positions
that allow you to attack rather than defend (while
using the least amount of energy possible).

That Said: my next 40 Plus BJJ Success Tips
are the main principles I use to develop this
type of guard strategy:

“AVOID THE STACK”

Again, you may have long legs and decent flexibility
as an older grappler, so playing off your back with a
certain type of guard may work well for you.

However, I also highly advise that everyone favors
developing a solid upright guard to their game, whether
we are talking about gi or no gi grappling.

An upright (aka sitting or butterfly guard) has a
number of advantages, all related to the tactics
I mentioned above.

First and foremost, it is a very active and compact
guard, which makes it comparatively hard to pass once
you’ve developed some key fundamentals (see below).

And since you are in a sitting position, it’s also very difficult
for an opponent to stack you onto your back or
neck. This is key for longevity / injury prevention as
well as for conserving energy…

As opposed to playing guard styles that favor
attacking with your lower body (triangles, arm bars,
platas), the sitting guard favors more “conservative”
offense like arm drags, reversals, sweeps and guillotines
or loop chokes.

In other words, you can attempt submission with limited
risk or reverse/sweep your opponent so that you can
achieve dominant position — and then attack!

Here are the essentials of posture, distance, head position
and grip fighting from upright guard:

Upright Guard Essentials >>> CLICK HERE

Make sure to put in some time just working this material,
then you will be able to add your offensive pressures
much more effectively!

To be continued…

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