I’ve talked about the BJJ Shoulder Roll in a few posts already. The Shoulder Roll is really fun to work with because it can throw your opponent off, especially if they are a lower belt. It’s always entertaining to show some of the more advanced techniques to those guys.
Now, the Shoulder Roll is just a prelude to the Inverted Guard. I’ve been slowly working on this through the years as well, although not nearly as much as I should be. I’m fairly flexible and I should make this much more part of my game.
Two BJJ players who really use Guard and Inverted Guard to their advantage are Ryan Hall and Marcelo Garcia, with Ryan Hall being probably the most profuse Inverted Guard players I’ve ever seen.
I want you to take a look at one of their rolling videos here. Take notice how often Ryan relies on the Inverted Guard. It’s almost as if he defies conventional wisdom and prefers to be upside down. Perhaps that’s why his Guard game is so effective.
Marcelo Garcia rolling with Ryan Hall
If you’re not all too familiar with the inner workings of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you may be wondering why anyone would want to be in such a position when physically competing with someone. Like many areas of Jiu-Jitsu, to the naked eye, a particular move or technique doesn’t look like much, but once you actually get on the mat to feel its effectiveness yourself, your entire world changes. The Inverted Guard is one of those deceiving techniques.
To see how well the Inverted Guard can work, take a look at this fight. It’s Ryan Hall vs. Hermes Franca in Boston – 2010. Take notice of how often Ryan Hall relies on his very advanced Deep Half Guard and Inverted Guard.
I’d say it works rather well.
Now, if you’re like me and have a bit of experience with Jiu-Jitsu and are looking for the next type of game to move to, you should really try out the new world of being upside down. The Shoulder Roll and Inverted Guard are waiting.
Just to get you going, you may want to start off with a few of these techniques.