Open guard tips in BJJ
Here are some open guard tips in BJJ. When working from open guard, – constantly seek to off balance your opponent forward so that their hands go to the mat. Any opponent taken out of balance is an easy target. In addition, a huge part of your ability to develop a strong attacking game from open guard comes down to your ability to off balance your opponent. Also, one of the clearest signs that you have been successful in doing this is your opponents hands being snapped down to the mat. Remember, if their hands are on the mat and they aren’t on you, and if their body on you, they can not pass your guard or stymie your attacks. Gordon Ryan and Felipe Costa, who has since retired from competition, seem to be 2 masters of this and getting their opponents hands to the mat as a way to prevent him interfering with the ashi garami they seem to lock up. Here at Savarese BJJ Academy (bergencountybjj.com), we stress this concept to all of our students when attacking open guard. Another effective open guards are is De La Riva guard, named after the great Ricardo de La Riva from the Carlson Gracie team. And butterfly guard, which is more of a BJJ tournament style guard than MMA effective, but became popular in early 90s when the CBJJ was established in Brazil. Renzo Gracie and Jean Jaques Machado was 2 of the most popular users on the guard in that era Then in the 2000s, the grappler that really showed the possibilities of butterfly guard was Marcelo Garcia (pictured executing this theory on Bernardo Faria). He amazed spectators dominating larger opponents with his butterfly guard.