Jiu Jitsu Journal – February 16th 2021

Tonight Coach had us working on getting our guard back from side control in the gi. He calls it “the Dana guard”, after his wife, Coach Dana (that’s her real name… COACH DANA… jk). He said that they were rolling and she put her hands on her head to shield herself from pressure during side control; she made a frame that looked like a pyramid, using her arms/head/body. This allowed her to keep him at a distance with enough space for her to get to her side.

Without further adieu, here is “the Dana guard”.

You’re on your back and your opponent is coming at you to get to side control.

  • Put both of your hands on your head and keep your elbows shoulder width apart, stay firm. Bring your knees up to keep your opponent from putting pressure on your stomach.
  • Turn in to your opponent and get to your side, keeping your arms in place.
  • Wrap your top arm around their waist and grip their skirt or belt. Get to your elbow and place the other hand on their far knee.
  • Scissor your legs so that your top leg is closest to their body, with the balls of your feet on the floor and active toes.
  • Use a technical stand up to get to your knees, keeping your head stapled to their body.
  • Push them over to the side to get to mount. You can also staple their closest leg with yours before you push them over to trap their legs as you move to mount.

You can also used “the Dana guard” from the top, while you are in your opponent’s guard. This is a defensive technique to use until they make a mistake that will allow you to pass their guard.

  • Posture and keep your head up.
  • Put your elbows on their hips and then put your head in your hands. Apply pressure to their hips with your elbows.
  • Keep your base wide so that your knees are on the sides of their butt, to keep them from moving.
  • Your elbows on their hips will allow you to feel how and where they are going to move, so that you can react faster and more accurately.

Finally, if you are the one using closed guard and your opponent is using “the Dana guard”, you will need to know how to defend against it.

  • Put your hands on the side of their arms. Make a fist and put it behind their biceps.
  • Relax your legs and pull their arms towards you.
  • At the same time, shimmy your hips away from your opponent to get them out from under their elbows. You can also shimmy your hips to the side to get them out.
  • DO NOT try to pull their hands away from their head; concentrate on getting your hips out from under their elbows or attack one of their elbows by trying to move it away from their body, and then getting your hips out that way.

Fun facts of the night from Coach –

  • If your opponent isn’t squashing your guts out in side control, they are hunting for a submission. Take this time to plan your next move or reaction.
  • When you’re drilling and it is your opponent’s turn to practice, pay attention to the way their body moves as they execute the pass or submission, so that you learn what to look out for when rolling.
  • If you are using closed guard, never use a double lapel grip because you are simply holding them down.
  • Guard is reverse mount, so you do not want to be in someone’s guard, just like you don’t want someone to mount you.

I don’t know how man of y’all actually read my jiu jitsu journals but writing it out like this really does help me remember what I learned.

❀ La Lady Valdez

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