We all have that training partner that is really flexible and whenever you roll with them, you spend a long time trying to solve the riddle of their guard…
Well that can be you.
Tired of getting your guard passed? Look at what Paulo Miyao is doing.
Paulo and his twin brother Joao are known for their impassable guard. You can count on one hand the number of times that their guard has been passed in the past 5 years in high level competition.
One of their secrets is their extreme flexibility especially in the hips and legs.
Most BJJ players tend to focus mainly on strength and conditioning rather than flexibility.
Flexibility is so important in Jiu-Jitsu because it really makes all the vast number of techniques much easier to do (for ex gogoplata, inverted guard etc..). Increasing flexibility is going to help you in your Jiu-Jitsu, especially your guard, speed recovery and can make you less injury prone.
Think of all the extremely flexible BJJ players: BJ Penn, Nino Schembri, Cobrinha, Keenan Cornelius, Roleta, Eddie Bravo, Royler Gracie, Ryan Hall, Michael Langhi etc…What do they all have in common? They have amazing impassable guards and are all very flexible.
You can improve your flexibility by stretching at home or at the gym.
They also do hours and hours of partner drilling and solo drilling as you can see in this video:
Improve Your Guard Retention So It Is Hardly Ever Passed: Even If You Are Older & Lack Flexibility.
41 Year Old Estonian Priit Mihkelson (It Is A Little Country Near Russia) Figures Out A System For Older Grapplers To Retain Guard Easily.
If you lack flexibility, athleticism, youth, and explosiveness this is the system for you.