5 Guard Techniques From The Modern Jiu-jitsu


3) Reverse De la Riva
It was once said that Ricardo De la Riva had the best guard guard in Brazil by old school bjj guys.
Someone got the idea to entangle the opponent’s leg from the opposite direction (mostly employed to counter modern standing guard passers) and a new guard position was born.
Here Grapplearts shows you how! Reverse de la Riva Guard: A Step by Step Tutorial


4) Lapel Guard
The rules governing any competition will stimulate the competitors and their coaches to devise techniques to use whatever means they can to gain a competitive advantage.
“A gi solution to a gi problem” is the lapel guard where you use a grip on the opponent’s lapel to prevent their standing passing.
Braulio Estima used this technique to prevent guard passing monster Rodolfo Viera from passing in a super fight.
Here, Lapel Guard innovator Keenan Cornelius gives a Lapel Guard introduction


5) Inverted / Tornado Guard
Against those bjj guys with great flexibility, this can be a tricky guard to attempt to pass.
If the opponent is not careful, a lightning fast spin underneath and the passer is caught in a triangle.
Despite this being a light, flexible guy style of guard, heavyweight ADCC Champion Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu executes it to the highest level.

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  1. Just out of true curiosity, IF the IBJJF were to change the rules to allow punches, kicks, slams and headbutts (FAT chance of any of these I know, but humor me?), how well do you think these Modern Jiu Jitsu Guards would work?

    • Mournstorm; some techniques, whether you consider them “modern” or “traditional, New School or Old School, are also considered less effective when you throw striking into the equation.
      Just watch the top level Jiu Jitsu practitioners (who are successful) in MMA to see what works well and what doesn’t, you don’t need to consider something abstract like the IBJJF rule set being changed to include that kind of stuff. Demian Maia and Neil Magny are two practitioners I believe do this quite well, never mind the Diaz Brothers and more.

  2. @Jahred, thanks for your reply.

    I mentioned the IBJJF as their rules have sort of been aping Judo’s (IJF) AND Vice Versa for some time, much to the detriment of the arts (MY Opinion ONLY!) in question, at least from an historical and, to some extent, original concept/purpose point of view.

    IE, it seems that many of the rules and rules changes are geared toward more ‘action’ (stalling notwithstanding) and flash to ‘make it more exciting for the fans’ (aka putting asses in the seats), as opposed to practicality. NOT saying Tornado or Spider guard aren’t effective in the venue of competition; just wondering if they’re as applicable in a more serious/stressful/dangerous situation.

    Your points about MMA are well taken and I agree, having watched closely over the years as UFC and other organization’s fighters develop. Neil and Demian are absolute beasts and handle themselves EXCEPTIONALLY well (one would do well, IMO, to ‘ape’ either or both fighters whose success is undeniable…just ask Hector Lombard). Go to the ground with either of the Diaz boys for ‘fun’ or profit? NO thank you, very much. 🙂

    I guess I’m just hopeful that more players will pay more attention and detail to the roots and original purpose of the art and embrace those as well as competing. 🙂


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