Why You Need To Learn The Williams Guard
Shawn Williams was the 5th USA black belt under Renzo Gracie and John Danaher (awarded in 2002) and now runs his own grappling academy, emphasizing the importance of technique, strategy, and flexibility.
The story is that around 1999, and by mistake, Shawn Williams discovered what would become his trademark position, the “Williams Guard,” gaining an unexpected advantage.
The Williams guard is almost like Rubber Guard except for people who don't have gumby legs, hip and knees. It has also been called a Shoulder Pin Guard.
Shawn Williams continued to refine and develop the Williams Guard through a variety of competitions and traveling around the world, training and competing, incorporating effective sweeps into his arsenal.
Here are 3 of our Favorite Williams Guard Instructional BJJ Videos - besides the ones in the 3 Part DVD / On-Demand Series :) - click learn more.
Shawn Williams Guard Video #1 - Triangle Choke from Williams Guard
Being a smaller grappler in a school of larger students keeping your opponents posture broken down in guard is one of the biggest struggles.
Because of this, some grapplers switch to other martial guard games - that is until you discover the Shawn Williams Guard. With the Williams Guard, I found that the weight of my legs and the rotational pressure isolated on the opponent's shoulder actually gave me a martial guard, and that is a great thing.
Personally, when I use the Williams guard I am looking to attack an arm or the Omoplata, but in this video the great Shawn Williams himself is teaching an awesome triangle setup for when your opponent is still strong and able to put you on your back while still in the Williams Guard.
Shawn Williams Guard Video #2 - Sneaky Simple Choke
As I talked about in the last clip of the Williams Guard, personally I am usually
going right for and arm when I am using the Williams Guard, but we like options
with our attacks and options is what I am going to present.
In this clip Yosoy JiuJitsu starts off showing a slick transition from half guard to Williams guard that I am going to start playing with myself, he then shows a very sneaky and simple choke that I’m a little upset I never thought of before. He then shows the tried and true arm attacks and omoplata that have carried my Williams Guard a long way.
Shawn Williams Guard Video #3 - Williams Guard and Rat Guard
Then after that I was shown the Rat Guard and that became my go to no gi guard and was able to use it with pretty good success, but I wanted to learn more and get extremely dangerous with my Rat Guard.