Blocking Overhand to a Damn Good Guard

If your opponent is content staying in your guard and working ground and pound, utilizing your legs to block his punches is an excellent strategy. You should still be moving and working for a sweep, submission, or an escape back to your feet, but if you can't block the strikes coming your way, you won't get very far with your attacks. The best way to get your legs involved is to place one leg on your opponent's back to keep him postured down and place your opposite knee in front of his shoulder to eliminate his ability to throw hard strikes. Getting a knee in front of his shoulder can prove difficult when he is lying on top of you, but any-time he rears back for a big punch, you'll usually have the space needed to bring your knee toward your chest and wedge it in front of his shoulder. It's important that once you block your opponent's strike, you immediately start to make your transition into the "damn good guard" by securing an over-hook.

I've got Beach broken down in my closed guard. It's important to notice that I'm controlling his posture by keeping my left arm wrapped around his head. You want to maintain this control throughout the entire sequence to prevent your opponent from sitting up and generating power behind his punches.

Belly Punch Work Over
My right knee stops Beach's overhand punch before it reaches my face. From here, I will most likely work for an over-hook on Beach's right arm and establish The Damn Good Guard position (p. 208).
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