The Power of the Open Guard: The Spider Guard

The Power of the Open Guard: The Spider Guard

The Spider Guard may be one of the coolest sounding positions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but it is also one of the most effective when it comes to sweeps. Also, for those being put into the Spider Guard, you will be in a lot of trouble if you do not understand how to effectively escape it, but this is not what we will be talking about today. Today is all about how you can use the spider guard.

There are essentially two different positions you can use the spider guard in. The first is when your opponent’s knees are on the ground as opposed to standing. When the opponent’s knees are on the ground, you have to stay on your hip with the hip that is down stretching out your opponent’s arm. Your other leg needs to be bent, and that is the leg that you will attack with. From this position you can attack with triangles, armbars, and even omoplatas. This is not all you can do though, because you can also hit a lot of sweeps which include when someone is trying to pass your guard.

When your opponent is standing up, you obviously are limited in the submission that you can apply. The only one that is really able to get going is the omoplata which you can get on someone standing. There are a variety of sweeps you can do, and you even have the ability to take the back. Most of the sweeps have to do with taking out your opponent’s legs and tripping them up. The omoplata is set up to get from standing, so this makes you need to hook the leg, pass the cuff of the same side arm to the hand hooking the leg, grab the shoulder with your other free arm, and throw your legs over the shoulder. You can work the omoplata as a way to sweep or even submit.

These are all the things you can do to work the Spider Guard. With any position it takes experimentation to get used to it. You need to work it and try different things to see what is capable and what will work for you, so while you can read as much as you want, you need to actually try things out for yourself in a live situation. The Spider Guard is a long road to master, but an effective tool for your arsenal if you can figure it out.

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