Long Range Guard (diary entry)

delaRiva-shallow-stand-no-gThe eighth lesson of this 10 part submission grappling/ground-fighting course for cross-training covered the long-range guard, which completes the trilogy of basic guard-fighting, and returned to the top position.

When it comes to “no-gi” (unjacketed) submission fighting, the long-range guard concept primarily addresses asymmetrical ground-fighting. The person holding guard fights mainly by controlling his opponent’s legs using his feet and hands. Having said this, more experienced fighters have successfully brought in more gi-based concepts such as spider-guard, which is engaged when in a symmetrical ground-fighting position. We looked at the hook guard (sometimes known as the De La Riva Guard after one of its most prolific users) and a basic sweeping procedure. We also discussed variations, such as taking the x-guard, which were covered when we were exploring the mid-range guard concept.

Moving back onto the top position, we revised transitioning through pins. Here we looked at attacking from these positions. This began with attacking an arm first with an Americana arm-lock from side control then as a Kimura from the north-south position and failing that as an arm-bar. Feeding or chasing this limb through these transitions brought us into a situation where a reverse arm-triangle could be applied. In this instance we used the D’Arce or Brabo choke and trained it from the north-south position.

The subject of the reverse triangle brought us to a submission technique that began from a standing position. We began with a look at the defence from being sprawled on after an unsuccessful lowline takedown (especially the double-leg takedown). Many who sprawl automatically opt for a double-under hook hold. However, this leaves the opponent open for a sit-through. From the sit-through position we touched on taking the back, but focused on attacking with a Kimura, which was in line with the earlier theme. We then took the view of the sprawler and another type reverse arm-triangle: the anaconda choke. This is, in many ways, an improvement on the guillotine or grovet choke providing the opponent with less chance to counter. This was then followed with an alligator roll and submission by increasing the choke from a reverse position.

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