Closed guard is an old time classic that’s one of the most commonly seen techniques in practice and in real life altercations.
Watch any of the early UFC’s and you see Royce Gracie submitting people left and right and some of the most memorable tap outs were from closed guard. It made the world realize that a smaller guy on his back was a dangerous threat. You watch a street fight with a BJJ practitioner and the BJJ practitioner almost always submits the opponent from closed guard if a top or back position is not taken.
But how does one counter this classic position with the most efficiency?
Keenan Cornelius suggest the classic put your knee at the root of the opponent’s spine tactic isn’t effective any more – and here’s why:
“Posture is important. You need to find a middle ground. “
Keenan recommends you open up the opponents gi and use it to pin under the arms.
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