I found a video on the inverted guard the other day that I really wanted to share with you. It was put out by Dan Faggella and is quite unique when compared to about 99% of other Jiu-Jitsu videos out there. Take a look at it below and then I’ll explain why I said it was unique afterwards.
Inverted Guard Fundamentals “It’s Like Breakdancing”
First, Dan gives a good “view” of where he is – meaning the pros and cons of his current placement as well as his strengths and weaknesses. I’ll give you a few good examples (paraphrased):
:15 – Goal – in order to close the distance against sweeps and leg locks right away.
:24 – Situation – standing opponent’s benefit is his mobility – benefit of guy on ground is his back protection.
:28 – Body Position – both player’s limbs are facing one another.
:40 – Advantage – again, standing player is more mobile than player on the ground, hence bottom player’s need to go inverted.
:47 – Benefit – the benefit of the inverted guard setup being shown is its ability to quickly close distance against opponent.
You can watch the video to see the setup and how it works. What I wanted to show you here was how Dan thoroughly explained his situation, his body position, his goal and the benefit of the technique he chose to achieve that goal. I like that. I like it because it opens up many more areas than just the one he decided to demonstrate.
Say someone takes a class with Dan and sees that this particular technique is being shown, but has another, just as good, one that he thinks he can pull off from the same position. By learning the technique Dan is teaching, the student finds the legitimacy of his own technique, due to its similar nature (coming from the same position and achieving a similar result). By teaching this way, Dan is showing his students principles and concepts, things we should all be focusing on in our own training.
Watch the video and let me know your thoughts. Have you experienced this type of instruction before?