After reading all these names for different guard types I don’t yet understand, I surfed over to read about Eddie Bravo on where else, Wikipedia. Some of his suggestions, according to this article:

  • Always practice only no gi grappling.
  • Incorporate the rubber guard.
  • Drilling (kata) is as important as rolling (sparring).

A clip from the article:

Bravo explained (at the San Carlos seminar, September 2006) that he is surprised that MMA fighters still rely too much on “hand control” (trying to grab and hold the opponent’s hands) to protect themselves from punches while holding their opponent in guard, and on throwing unsuccessful traditional triangle chokes. Hand control is criticized for two reasons: it is relatively easy to break a hand-grip under the best of circumstances, and in an actual MMA match sweat makes it even more difficult to get and hold a grip.

It’s easy to see the validity of Bravo’s ideas even as a beginner and casual mma spectator. For every genius who gets gnp’ed for several rounds before pulling off a nice submission, there are many more people who just get gnp’ed. Also it’s interesting to consider the assumptions of specific training. In mma, there is usually no gi worn, so why wouldn’t competitors cut to the chase and train with that assumption? For everyone else, there are different clothing assumptions. Also, I would say that throw/takedown assumptions need to be changed, but then I see that the ADCC rules already give 4 points for a clean takedown (ending with guard passed) which seems to be an adjustment away from the bjj rules. Someone somewhere is reengineering things for that hand control problem in some different way. I wonder what it is. Not that it matters now as I can’t even do guard 101. Still, I want to learn about it later.

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