GB Technique : The Impassable Guard

This week on Gracie Barra Blog we are looking at one of the most difficult guards to pass: the Spider Guard.

One of the major difficulties that newer students to jiu-jitsu experience is being able to control the guard passer long enough and to form their own attacks – without getting quickly passed and pinned under side control. The Spider Guard grips and hooks create one of the most difficult guard styles to pass and offer an abundance if sweeps and submission attacks. If you are having trouble with your guard getting passed when ever your closed guard is forced open, the Spider Guard is a great style to study.

Let’s take a look at some Spider Guard techniques as demonstrated by some of the best Gracie Barra black belt instructors.


1) Gracie Barra Spider Guard Techniques

Let’s start by watching some of the various Spider Guard possibilities. If you watch carefully, you will see Master Carlos Gracie Jr. using some variations of Spider Guard to retain the guard against a standing passer to sweep.


2) Spider-Lasso Guard Retention Strategies

Before you are ready to attack with a sweep, triangle or omoplata from Spider Guard, first you must be able to retain your guard and defend the guard pass. Prof. Flavio Almeida shows us some tips on how to keep the guard.


3) Spider Guard Sweep

Prof. Lucas Valente uses a combination of grips and hooks (based on the primary Spider Guard hook grip) to create the leverage to sweep his opponent with this sweet Spider Guard sweep.


4) Omoplata From Spider Guard

Notice how Prof. “Draculino” uses the push and pull of his Spider guard grips to break the passer’s posture and set up the Omoplata.


5) Advanced Class Spider Guard Training

Specific training of your positions is an important tool in order to isolate and develop your Spider Guard. Let’s watch some specific Spider Guard sparring at Prof. Draculino Gracie Barra school in Texas.

The rules: Students must start in spider guard. Guy on bottom wins with a sweep or submission, guy on top wins with a guard pass. Guy on bottom can not close his guard.



See also on Gracie Barra : GB Technique : The Omoplata Shoulder Lock

GB Techniques: The Omoplata Shoulder Lock


Credits: Mark Mullen 

Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia