Let’s remind ourselves of the most important thing you need to do when you have someone in your closed guard: attack at all times.
Many jiujiteiros make a mistake of holding a closed guard for a longer period of time without doing anything. And, while simply holding your opponent in it and waiting for the right moment is sometimes a good thing to do, it is never a good approach to use the closed guard as a position of rest for yourself.
Remember: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art, and in its essence lies the possibility of dominating and submitting your opponents through applying beautiful techniques, with a wide variety of colors to them. So you need to move towards that essence whenever you can – strive to be an offensive practitioner, not a defensive one. Never let your opponent rest. Make them uncomfortable and have them to always be on a lookout for what is coming next.
A great system to use in the closed and that is accessible to all levels is the two on one. FRom there there are countless options: triangles, armbars, back takes, sweeps, transitions to mount, wristlocks etc….
BJJ black belt Aaron Benzrihem learned this system directly from Marcelo Garcia and it is very effective:
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Closed Guard Is Easy To Implement And Works Well In Gi And No Gi – It Is One Of The Most Dynamic Positions In BJJ And One Of The Best To SUBMIT People From.
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