Eddie Bravo talked to bloodyelbow.com about his opinion on the guard in MMA, who has the most dangerous guard in MMA and the future for his network of schools, 10th planet Jiu-Jitsu:
The guard in MMA
That’s what I’ve constantly been working on. It’s been the biggest hole in jiu-jitsu, which is why we dropped the gi 10 years ago. We focused on that glaring weakness, the bottom game. There’s a huge difference in bottom game with the gi and without it, especially when you add strikes to the mix.
There are so many BJJ blackbelts in MMA, but submissions from the bottom are very rare. We, as a community, should focus on making the bottom game more effective and dangerous.
Most dangerous guard in MMA
Jim Miller is the first person that comes to mind when I think of a current fighter with a sick guard. Vinny Magalhaes is another. Nobody wants to be in that guy’s guard. Nobody. There are a few guys out there that have looked specifically into making their guard offensive and more effective. They approach it like a scientist with an equation to solve. It’s sad that there are like 40 blackbelts in the UFC and only one or two are known for being dangerous and really offensive off their backs.
Worldwide, there a few others. Shinya Aoki…nobody wants to be in his guard. People avoid it because it’s so dangerous. Paul Sass is another one. He pulls guard and if you follow him down, it’s over. He has an exceptional guard. Anybody that says the guard is dead, how come it’s not dead for Sass? Going into that dude’s guard is suicide.
Enter the Rubber Guard
The Rubber Guard is a closed guard system, made popular by 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu founder, Eddie Bravo. The Rubber Guard focuses on clinching your opponent and keeping them guessing what you are trying to attack them with. Although the Rubber Guard was developed with Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) in mind, it can be used by practitioners of Gi Jiu-Jitsu, No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu, and MMA.
The submission names or technique steps of the Rubber Guard system can be quite entertaining – New York, Home Alone, Death from Below, Zombie, Chill Dog, Gogoplata, Loco Plata, and Crackhead Control. Heck, even the name of the system, Rubber Guard, often gets chuckles from people.
Learn The Ultimate Rubber Guard System – In It’s Newest Updated Form From Its Inventor, The Most Unique Thinker in Grappling, Eddie Bravo
- The rubber guard, a closed guard variation that helps protect you better in MMA or self defense, is so powerful that Eddie and his students have used it in elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA competitions.