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Anytime someone is talking about opening or closing an opponent's guard, they are speaking about the the opponent's legs and whether or not they are wrapped around the waist and locked at the ankles, or in one of the dozens of positions that fall under the umbrella of open guard. When developing one's closed guard, the focus tends to be on placement of the legs around the opponent with the ankles locked. We can utilize a high guard with our legs wrapped around the upper back of the opponent and weighing heavy on their upper torso, or we can be...

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We are all familiar with the closed guard.  For many of us, this may have been the first exposure that we had to the guard.  Closed guard has long been one of the most popular and successful guards to utilize.  The closed guard is, unfortunately, a dying art.  Check out our article, “Closed Guard a Dying Art” to see why it has lost its popularity. Closed guard has long been one of the best guards to use in competitions, MMA, and self-defense.  People have had success with it on a multitude of occasions for all of these things.  We have...

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The closed guard has long been one of the best guards in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Popular among some of the greatest competitors in the history of Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts, this guard has always been a great option for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners and Mixed Martial Arts fighters. Unfortunately, the closed guard is a dying art.  At the highest levels of Jiu Jitsu and MMA, we see less and less closed guard every year. The closed guard was one of the best places to put your opponent in the UFC years ago, today, it is severely underutilized in...

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Bernardo Faria, BJJ, Closed Guard, Guard, Helio Gracie, Jiu jitsu, self defense, Submissions, Sweeps -

There is an old story about one of Johnny Cash's guitar players where an interviewer asked him what his thoughts were on the rising crop of up and coming guitar players who were playing songs that may have been more technically flashy and perhaps faster.  It is said that he paused and simply said that some people are looking for something, while some have already found it.  This musician was content knowing he was good at what he did and was not interested in necessary chasing something that was faster or more technically proficient. The art of music and the...

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BJJ, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Closed Guard, Grappling, Guard, Jiu Jitsu -

Closed guard is one of the most popular positions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and in MMA.  Closed guard is one of the first guards that many people who try bjj are exposed to, and it is one of the positions that the casual MMA fan is typically familiar with.  Therefore, it is essential to have a good and aggressive closed guard. From the closed guard, you can do many things, including sweep and submit.  In order to generate an effective closed guard, you have to have chain attacks where one move leads to another.  Closed guard is imperative to learn...

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