Unlocking the Rubber Guard
Rickson Gracie has recently expressed his disapproval of the rubber guard and its applications. Calling it inefficient, awkward, and stating he feels that using the position can provide some vulnerability to the practitioner wishing to employ it. Eddie Bravo gave Gracie a short introduction the rubber guard, on a precious podcast with Joe Rogan. If you’ve never seen it, you can check it out here.
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With the rise of 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, the rubber guard became more popular and more accessible to those outside of 10THP. Whatever your opinion may be, you can’t deny that the effectiveness of the rubber guard has been proven many times over. And in some cases, at the highest levels of competition. The fact remains that it has become a useful and popular guar to many BJJ players. If you’ve never been inside of a high-level rubber guard, I can assure it is dangerous, and if you’re not versed in at least a few of the inner workings, it can definitely result in your demise.
So, if it’s not your thing or you don’t believe in the rubber guards’ effectiveness, it’s still worth your time to delve in a bit and at least learn what can be done from a defensive perspective, so you don’t get caught with your pants down.
Check out this video from the legendary Marcelo Garcia.
With a simple bait and good placement of Garcia’s right arm his able to unlock the rubber guard, stand up and shake him self free. This isn’t an intricate escape, it’s just smart, and methodical. In the second option, Garcia discusses not having the opportunity to stand, and forcing the knee or knees into a position where he can pass completely or to half guard.
Keep an open mind, and make sure you expose yourself to different styles to keep your game sharp, or you may find yourself lost in the woods one day. Get to work!