Defending Against the Guillotine from Guard

¬°yj There are a variety of ways that you can end up in a guillotine choke while trapped between your opponent's legs. Your Z opponent could wrap up your neck and pull guard as you shoot in. Your opponent could secure the guillotine from the clinch and then jump to the guard position. Your opponent could sit up from guard and try to synch it in. The bottom lil line is that there are a number of ways to land in this potentially compromising position, so you must understand the ^ basic principles of how to defend.

q A common mistake many fighters make is they try to back out of a guillotine choke, but most of the time this only

I- locks the choke in tighter. Instead, you want to push your weight forward. If you train jiu-jitsu, you already know this, Q but it seems that way too many fighters forget this simple concept. Wrapping your arm around your opponent's head ^ and driving your shoulder into his face takes away the majority of his leverage. If your opponent is inexperienced locking in the guillotine, he might attempt to hold on to it. Just be patient and wait it out because your opponent will ^ accomplish little more than sending a rush of blood to his arms and gassing his body out.

Mark managed to catch me in a guillotine choke. I defend by wrapping my left arm all the way around his head, and then driving my left shoulder into his face by pushing off my right leg. It is important to note that I am driving my weight into the choke rather than trying to pull away from it.

I climb up to both feet and drive all of my weight through my left shoulder. Now that I have created the space and breathing room needed to work my way out of the choke, I begin the hand-war by grabbing Mark's left hand with my right hand.

I climb up to both feet and drive all of my weight through my left shoulder. Now that I have created the space and breathing room needed to work my way out of the choke, I begin the hand-war by grabbing Mark's left hand with my right hand.

I pry Mark's left hand away from my neck with my right hand.

Pulling my head out from underneath Mark's left arm, I sit back and regain my posture. It's now time to make Mark pay for trying to choke me.

I pry Mark's left hand away from my neck with my right hand.

I'm postured up in Reagan's full guard. As I reach forward and grab Reagan's neck with Driving my left hand into Reagan's neck, I

my left hand, I lift my left knee and post my foot come up onto both feet, on the mat. If I had grabbed Reagan's neck with my right hand, I would have lifted my right knee and posted on my right foot. Executing both actions on the same side prevents your opponent from locking in an arm bar on your extended arm. Although it might still look like you're vulnerable, when you follow this rule your opponent won't be able to turn his hips to create the angle he needs for the submission.

striking past the guard__

I often see fighters who just sit in their opponent's guard without attempting to strike or pass. This will accomplish little more than getting the fight stood up, so you must stay active. It doesn't matter if your opponent is excellent at holding on and stalling when you're in his guard, you've got to keep busy. Sometimes this requires that you open his guard. You can accomplish this by utilizing one of the striking combinations I showed on the previous pages or work up to your feet as I do in this technique. It's much harder for your opponent to keep his legs locked when you're standing, and when you add downward punches to his face into the picture, he will almost always open his guard to get his defense going. If he doesn't open his legs while under fire, it usually doesn't take much to pry his legs apart. Once you open your opponent's guard, it puts you in a perfect position to pass, land some heavy strikes, or both.

I'm postured up in Reagan's full guard. As I reach forward and grab Reagan's neck with Driving my left hand into Reagan's neck, I

my left hand, I lift my left knee and post my foot come up onto both feet, on the mat. If I had grabbed Reagan's neck with my right hand, I would have lifted my right knee and posted on my right foot. Executing both actions on the same side prevents your opponent from locking in an arm bar on your extended arm. Although it might still look like you're vulnerable, when you follow this rule your opponent won't be able to turn his hips to create the angle he needs for the submission.

As I cock my right hand back to land another blow, Reagan unhooks his legs to get his defense going.

I smash my right hand into Reagan's face.

Reagan keeps his guard closed. In an effort to get him to open his guard, I cock my right hand back and prepare to throw a straight right hand at his face.

I smash my right hand into Reagan's face.

As I cock my right hand back to land another blow, Reagan unhooks his legs to get his defense going.

Reagan keeps his guard closed. In an effort to get him to open his guard, I cock my right hand back and prepare to throw a straight right hand at his face.

Rotating my hips in a counterclockwise direction, I drop my Dropping my body down with the overhand, I land on my knees and begin weight and throw an overhand right at Reagan's face. securing the side control position.

I grab a hold of Reagan's right ankle with my left hand. For the best control, you want to grab slightly above your opponent's heels.

Now that I've opened Reagan's guard, I work to control his legs. I start by grabbing his left ankle with my right hand.

Turning my hips in a clockwise direction, I toss Reagan's legs to my right side. Notice how this sets me up for a big right hand.

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