For those that don't know what I am talking about, the Spider Guard is when the person on their back, places one on more feet on your opponents inner biceps. Sleeve control is extremely critical. There are many variations of grips and foot controls, but for the sake of this blog, there is always at least one foot on the bicep.
In Jiujitsu, The Spider Guard can be one of the toughest guards to pass. The ability of you opponent or partner to wreck shop on your otherwise glorious guard passing skills can leave you in awe. With very little effort, simple kicking and retracting of the legs, along with some hip movements can literally take the breathe away of an unexpecting opponent.
Scrambling back and forth, pushing and pulling, sitting, squatting or standing, your arms are out of your control. Step too far forward, your on your head. Sit back, on your butt. Try moving to either side, and you could find yourself on your back. From sweeps to subs, the Spider Guard can be deadly.
When I was a bluebelt, I personally started experimenting with the Spider.I found this guard was a way to open up my jiuitsu guard game and explore the position. While still retaining a certain level of safety. The Spider literally set me free. Sweeps and attacks from all sort of new and unexplored angles had been laid before me. Scissor sweeps, gun sweeps, traingles, armbars, and my now favorite among favorites, THE OMOPLATA. This guard has lead me down the road in which I am still walking down today, the road of infinite JIUJITSU.
I am personally thankful for being introduced to the Spider Guard. For those out there who haven't experienced the business end of this guard, come in and try some classes. Get to your local Jiujitsu school or if you in the area stop by Davis Martial Arts in Humble. We have a couple guys who dabble with SPIDER GUARD....
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