Pulling guard in the BJJ world is often ridiculed by Judoka and Wrestlers who see it as a cowardly way to face someone. Nowadays with the rules of sport BJJ, you can win matches with very little knowledge in the takedown. How can you neutralize someone with 20+ years of wrestling or Judo? Just pull guard… Think about it…
Controversial positions in Jiu-Jitsu: 50-50 and double guard pull bring about diverging views among BJJ practitioners and even among professional athletes.
Double guard pull:
“I’m totally against the double guard pulle. You have two athletes that pull guard and are trying to develop a game from there. One tries to berimbolo, the other also, and no one rises to try to pass the guard. I think we would have to create a rule that after 30 seconds in that position, one would have to rise. I think the punishment would have to be very strict in that position, because it conflicts with the essence of Jiu-Jitsu. Nobody tries to pass, sweep or get the back of the other. If you time it 10 seconds, the two are going to try every force in the world to climb and try to make an advantage. This is one thing that you will never see me do in Jiu-Jitsu. If you pull, I go on top. It could be anyone, regardless if the guy will sweep me or submit me. That was the essence of Jiu-Jitsu I learned: the guy pulls guard and you try to pass him. No such thing as both pulling and the two remain there exists. double guard pull is unacceptable. If the two do not get up, they would have to be disqualified. This position should be banned from Jiu-Jitsu. “
In this recent IBJJF No Gi match, there was a new world record: 7 consecutive double guard pulls in the space of in 15 seconds. You have to see it to believe it…
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Saulo explains how he believes that the Double Guard Pull position strays away from the nature from which Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was born: