Triforce #BJJ English Blog Update: 12/4/13

Hayakawa sensei demonstrating a pass from his opponent's inverted guard

Hayakawa sensei demonstrating a pass from his opponent’s inverted guard

Horses for courses. Some guys focus on the basics and from that develop a strong, solid game. Other guys look to build on the technical aspect of BJJ, using high guards, X guards and amongst other things, today’s technique: the Inverted Guard. We looked at firstly passing the inverted guard, then secondly from inverted guard reversing the opponent’s attempted pass to finish in a knee on / side control position.

The first thing to say about the inverted guard is that it’s not for everyone (aka me – I could do with being a little shorter and a bit more flexible ;)), however my partner today was Takao san who is a little more compact than me and who could work the guard well. The pass itself is a solid pass. From the opponent’s inverted guard you control his right leg (as you look him) then grab his belt with your left hand. The second step is to roll over his hips and into the position Hayakawa sensei demonstrates in the pic above. The key though is as your rolling to slot your right foot under his left foot, creating a hook. From the resulting position you can control his lapel and move into side control.

Not a basic technique by any stretch of the imagination, but useful when sparring against some of the more technical, compact fighters at TF.


2 Responses to Triforce #BJJ English Blog Update: 12/4/13

  1. Nice explanation of inverted guard, Great stuff! I would definitely be interested in an article on what to focus on at the Blue Belt level. My instructors often show techniques geared around more advanced positions- deep half guard, dope mount, X guard, de la riva, but in live training I struggle to execute any of these positions properly.

    • I’m a struggling purple belt – I love the idea of being able to hit the advanced positions and am working a lot with the X Guard at the moment – having said that, focusing on the basics and getting them down pat is paramount and my game is basically a few sweeps from full guard, triangle, kimura and so on – I made my instructor’s Beginner Textbook my bible and refer to it often – focus on the basics and the rest is sure to follow

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