After last night’s post, I was all up in arms about this open guard thing. I told you that I was going to research it a bit to see what others were saying about the whole concept of the position. I think my goal was to find out if I was doing anything wrong or if my opponents were simply doing things right.
As it ends up, they are all just pretty good. They’re good at getting and maintaining their grips and using those grips for control. And it’s very difficult to fight the grips of opponents who’ve been honing the tactic for years. I’ve never been much of a grip fighter, but I suppose things need to change. As I’ve come to find out, in gi, grips are where it’s at.
I did a bit of digging and found a few videos on open guard basics. The first one is really good at breaking down what’s what, such as the zones of passing the open guard, the areas you have to deal with, along with a few drills. It’s really good and gives a player something to think about while passing, instead of simply reacting to their situation.
This next video I found is very helpful when dealing with what you need to do with your body as you’re holding someone in your open guard. It talks about principles and drills you can do to get more comfortable with the position. One thing they emphasise in this video is that you need to keep your body moving at all times. If you get too lax in one area, your opponent will quickly learn your game and will pass you.
BJJ Open Guard Tactics
This last video is a good example of open guard in practice. I can’t think of any better open guard player in the world to watch and imitate than Marcelo Garcia, so why not try to analyze his game just a bit.
In this video, Marcelo is lightly rolling with Emily Kwok. As you watch, notice at how important it is for Marcelo to break any grip attempt by Emily. Also, check out his base, his balance and his legs. Really, there is no better instruction than to watch and learn from such a world class athlete.
Marcelo Garcia Training With Emily Kwok