Saturday, July 15, 2006

Passing the Guard in MMA: Kang and Kestling

Stephan Kesting's excellent grappling site,, features excellent free instructional articles, as well as books, video, and other media for sale. Kesting and Denis Kang's article on Passing the Guard in MMA gives you all the basics. Some excerpts:

Denis Kang knows all about passing the guard in mixed martial arts competition. He has fought in Japan and throughout North America, and has passed the guards of many good fighters, including Minoru Suzuki, Keith Rockel and Stephan Potvin. He knows that passing the guard is one of the hardest things to do in a fight, but also that it is one of the most important skills to master.

Almost all No Holds Barred matches have one or both fighters using their guards at some point. If you end up in your opponent’s guard he has 5 basic strategies, the so-called ‘5 S options' of guardwork:

    1. Stall

    2. Stand up

    3. Submit you

    4. Sweep you

    5. Strike you

Does your fight strategy include responses to all five scenarios? One of the best things you can do to negate his options is to improve your position by passing his guard. Once you have passed his guard he is far less dangerous to you and it is much easier for you to administer punishment and/or hunt for a submission.

Read the rest here.

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