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Squid Guard

The squid guard is another lapel guard variation that has been developed by Keenan Cornelius. Though its origins can be traced to Terere during his years teaching at the TT academy, Keenan Cornelius created a guard game based on lapels. He started with his worm guard in 2014 that was first seen in actual competition …

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Worm Guard

The worm guard was developed in 2014 and was first used in competition by Keenan Cornelius. Though there are mixed reports on who developed the Worm Guard whether it’s Keenan Cornelius or Andris Brunovskis, it’s clear that it has revolutionized guard play in the last years. Origins of the Worm Guard  According to Keenan Cornelius, …

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Shin to Shin Guard

Shin to shin guard is often used together with sit-up guard or a means to transition towards a single leg x position. This type of guard is a good way to get rid of your opponent’s base forcing him or her to balance on the other leg or even concede the sweep. But aside from …

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Octopus Guard

The octopus guard was developed by Eduardo Telles, the same grappler who is known for his turtle guard and unorthodox style of jiujitsu. The octopus guard is a great way not only to find sweeps but to also find the back of your opponent. Because of the unorthodox approach used by Telles in the octopus …

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Tornado Guard

Inversions in BJJ aren’t exactly new. Tornado guard, also known as the Roleta Guard, is a type of guard that was developed by Roberto Magalhaes also known as Roleta. It’s a creative means to maintain and recover guard especially when you are almost passed or when your opponent is already nearing to clear your leg. Today, the …

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Z Guard

We see more and more people shy away from playing half guard centric games and for good reasons. A half guard can be considered by some as a guard that is already half passed. In most cases, competitors opt to play an array of open guards to sweep, submit, or to just maintain the position. …

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Williams Guard

Guard playing has evolved over the years. Flexible players are usually the ideal guard players because they can transition towards complicated guards easier using their legs.  But despite the number of complicated open guards available today, the closed guard remained a staple in BJJ competition. Though it is considered a neutral position in grappling, the …

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Butterfly Guard

The butterfly guard is a highly versatile guard that has been popularized by the likes of Marcelo Garcia, Terrere, and more modern competitors such as Adam Wardzinski. But if you will look at the history of the butterfly guard, it traces back to the 1980s. One of the earliest evidence of the butterfly guard in action was …

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The Lockdown

Eddie Bravo’s campaign in ADCC is his shining glory during his competitive years. Though he never won the prestigious ADCC title, he was able to defeat Royler Gracie during the semis. And apart from defeating a legend using an unorthodox approach in BJJ that will later become popular in MMA, he was able to showcase …

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Twister Submission

The twister is a submission that has been popularized by Eddie Bravo’s 10th planet system. And though Eddie Bravo’s style of jiujitsu had some mixed reception from the community over the years, the twister can be considered as one of the most powerful submissions that came from his system. It’s a submission that is considered …

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