GB Technique: Understanding the X-Guard with Prof. Joe Scarola

This week on GB Technique we are going to look at some sweeps, submission, and a counter from the X-guard position.
The X-Guard is one of the forms of leg entanglement guard that we see combined with Butterfly, Reverse DLR, and Single Leg X-Guard.
The fact that this guard relies primarily on leg entanglement means that it is also well suited to no-gi (compared to something like Lasso or Spider guards). There are a number of options that we have from the X-Guard position and some crucial details that make the technique effective.
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Let’s take a look at some specific techniques and tips in the X-guard position by Prof. Joe Scarola of Gracie Barra Long Island.
1) X-Guard sweep #1
Prof. Joe teaches how to connect several different open guard styles to the X-Guard sweep.
First, we start in seated butterfly guard, then get underneath our opponent into a Single Leg X-guard before transitioning into the full X-Guard.

2) X-Guard sweep #2
We have multiple options from the X-Guard position depending on how our opponent defends. Prof. Joe looks to take the back, but if the opponent stays balanced, Prof. Joe’s stands and executes a Tani Otoshi sacrifice throw. Beautiful technique!

3) Knee Bar From Modified X Guard
Most of us regard the X-Guard as primarily an unbalancing and sweeping position, but Prof. Joe shows how we can attack with a kneebar during the scramble.

4) Counter to X-guard sweep
It is important to understand how your opponent is going to attempt to counter your techniques in order to master the position. How to counter the most common X-Guard sweep.

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See also on GB: GB Fundamentals: The Short Arm Drag
Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia