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TitleA Glossary of the Guard 2.0
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All materials & images Copyright 2002 to 2009, Stephan KestingA Glossary of Guards • www.grapplearts.com 2

A Glossary of Guards Part 1: The Closed Guard ......3
Basic Closed Guard ........................................................................................ 4
High Guard ....................................................................................................... 5
Rubber Guard .................................................................................................. 6
Leghook Guard ............................................................................................... 7
Shawn Williams Guard.................................................................................. 8

A Glossary of Guards Part 2: The Open Guard .........9
Standard Open Guard ................................................................................10
Spider Guard ..................................................................................................11
Butterfly Guard .............................................................................................12
De la Riva Guard ...........................................................................................13
Reverse de la Riva ........................................................................................14
Cross Guard ....................................................................................................15
Sitting Open Guard .....................................................................................15
Grasshopper Guard .....................................................................................16
Upside Down Guard ....................................................................................17
Octopus Guard ..............................................................................................17

A Glossary of Guards Part 3: The Half Guard ......... 19
Standard Half Guard ...................................................................................20
Half Butterfly ..................................................................................................21
Double Triangle ............................................................................................22
Deep Half Guard ...........................................................................................23
Z Guard ............................................................................................................24
X Guard ............................................................................................................25
Single Leg X Guard ......................................................................................26
Sitting Half Guard.........................................................................................27
Instep Guard ..................................................................................................28
Quarter Guard ...............................................................................................28
Fifty Fifty (50-50) Guard .............................................................................30

About the Authors ......................................................... 30

The Most Powerful Guard for Sweeping ................ 33

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Typically you will make small adjustments every time your opponent moves, allowing you
to counter his guard passing attempts and also to set up various armlocks and chokes.

The term Sitting Guard is also used to describe the Butterfly Guard and/or a sitting half
guard position.

Grasshopper Guard

Most commonly attained from Spider Guard or when an opponent is passing with double
underhooks, this is a gi-dependent position named by elliott Bayev. It is characterized by
sleeve control and butterfly hooks or crossed ankles, with the opponent’s arms hooked
under the legs.

The control over the opponent’s arms and shoulders offers a number of unique sweep,
submission and back-taking options. There is always the danger, however, of the
opponent passing your guard if you lose your grips or butterfly hooks.

elliott Bayev demonstrates the Grasshopper Guard

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Upside Down Guard

The Upside Down Guard, also known as the Inverted Guard, is an unusual position in
which the practitioner inverts himself, keeping his feet in contact with his opponent. This
can be done either intentionally or in response to an attempted guard pass.

Some modern BJJ and submission grappling competitors have made this guard position
central to their guard game. In either case, the most common submissions from this
position are the triangle choke, omo plata and kneebar, but it also leads into a variety of
sweeps and submissions.

The Upside Down Guard in action

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About the Authors
Elliott Bayev

OpenMat MMA’s founder and head BJJ instructor,
elliott Bayev is a champion competitor and Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under 3rd Degree Renzo Gracie
Black Belt, Professor Shawn Williams of 5 Star Martial
Arts in Los Angeles.

One of the first people to train BJJ in Toronto, elliott
left his corporate life behind in 2004 to start the
precursor to OpenMat and share the beauty and
power of BJJ.

Since then, in addition to becoming one of the
mostly highly regarded instructors and competitors
in Canada, elliott has grown OpenMat into the warm,
fun, welcoming MMA academy we see today.

Some of elliott’s Competition highlights include:

• 2012 Canadian FILA World Championships Trails Gold Medalist

• 2012 International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Toronto Open Gold Medalist

• 2010 Abu Dhabi Professional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Canadian Trails Silver Medalist

• 2009 International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation no Gi Pan American Silver Medalist

• 2009 Abu Dhabi Pro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship Competitor

• 2009 Abu Dhabi Pro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship Canadian Trials – Gold

• 2009 Ontario Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open – 2 Golds

• 2004 Ontario Submission Wrestling Invitational – Gold

• 2004 Blue Belt nAGA World Championships – Gold

• 2003 Relson Gracie U.S. nationals – Silver

• 2003 Copa Atlantica Jiu-Jitsu Championships – Silver

For more information visit www.openmat.ca

http://openmat.ca
http://openmat.ca

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The Most Powerful Guard
for Sweeping Your

Opponent
A SHORT nOTe FROM STePHAn KeSTInG

Hi,

As a BJJ black belt I’ve played with many of the different types of guard that are described
in this book.

But when the chips are down, when I’ve absolutely, positively got to sweep my opponent,
then I’ve come to rely on one particular type of guard more than any other.

I put together a free video to show you the most powerful type of guard for sweeping
your opponent. you need this video because it’s going to help you to get from the
bottom to the top, even if your opponent is a lot bigger than you.

Click here to check out the free ‘Get to the Top’ video!

Take care,

Stephan Kesting

http://www.grapplearts.com/Blog/get-to-the-top/
http://www.grapplearts.com/Blog/get-to-the-top/

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