Simple Tips To Improve Your Guard Retention and Appear More Flexible At Any Age

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After hearing the same complaints over and over about the difficulties so many students face when playing an open guard off their backs, one thing became obvious: many instructors simply don’t get how hard it is for a lot of students to do this whole “guard” thing that lies at the heart of Jiu-Jitsu.

And I don’t mean that in a bad way, nor am I implying negligence…

The instructor may be aware of his student’s difficulty executing a technique and very willing to help them through it. What I’m talking about is something more fundamental, which often goes unspoken by those who are of certain body types, are older, or are of less than average flexibility… the voice in the student’s mind that’s saying: “I appreciate the help coach, but I just can’t move like you guys – and I don’t think I ever will.”

Many times the little things that help a student’s game the most are not part of technical sequence, but come down to the nuances of movement and posture.

I filmed this as part of a series specifically to show how even students of modest or poor flexibility can appear to be more more flexible than they actually are, and with a couple of little “hacks” in how they’re moving, increase their ability to repummel their legs and retain their guard almost overnight.


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