In our Sherbrooke mixed martial arts video series, we will be focusing on the closed guard position, and your general options.
Using the closed guard position in mixed martial arts is a lot different then using it in grappling, the mentality of your opponent presents different options. In grappling your opponent is generally trying to pass your guard, or hunt for a leg lock. During his attempt to pass the guard, he can often present a submission or a sweep with his forward pressure/movement.
In mixed martial arts he has the added option of staying in your guard and throwing strikes to either:
- Finish the fight
- Win a judges decision
Since this tactic is available, he doesn’t have to give that useful forward pressure which can lead to successful attack.
Generally you have 3 options from the guard
- Submit your opponent with a Choke, Arm Lock, or Leg Lock
- Sweep or Reverse your opponent so as to attain the top position
- Stand up to a clinch or neautral position
Our Sherbrooke mixed martial arts series will cover these three options, so stay tuned this week!
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