The act of Pulling Guard is seen as a cowards way outside of grappling. Detractors of guard pulling will say that it is better to work hard for a takedown instead of going the easy route of pulling or jumping guard….
This is why we see so many anti butt scoot memes such as these ones:
But with Kron Gracie in the octagon maybe it’s time to reassess this strategy – after all Vinny Magalhaes got to the final of the PFL tournament with it.
Kron Gracie faced MMA veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri at the Rizin Fighting Federation Grand Prix: Final Round event on December 31st, 2016. He won via rear-naked choke in the second round. This improved his professional MMA record to 4-0. Kron also pulled guard twice just as he did in his other MMA fights.
His father, the legendary Rickson Gracie was in Kron’s corner in Japan.
In an interview with Combate.com, Rickson talked about how his son Kron uses a ‘self defense guard’ which other BJJ fighters don’t know:
“Kron isn’t a striking expert but he has developed his to the point where he feels comfortable standing. He doesn’t feel forced to take the bout to the ground. When he feels it is the ideal moment, without hesitation, he does and displays a specific guard for MMA, much different from the one used in competitive BJJ. The difference is that, on the self-defense guard, you keep your opponent under pressure in order to have room to strike. BJJ fighters are afraid to pull into guard, because they don’t know the self-defense guard.”
BJJ black Breck Still made an interesting highlight video of his best guard pulls in 9 years of competition. Don’t worry non guard pullers, takedown highlights coming next…