Now that more judo players are going to jiu-jitsu to improve their matwork, a practice I have questioned in another post, I see more judo players concentrating on the guard position as well.
Asking about this, I was told that people believe it to be a more defensible position and that there are more opportunities to attack from that position.
Maybe that's true and maybe it isn't - that's irrelevant. It is bad practice to concentrate exclusively on attacking and defending from one position. The reason so many people get away with it is that they train with other people who do the same thing.
Once one person breaks out of that mold and gets expert on working from other positions, our "guard specialists" are going to have a hard time. What are you going to do if all of your attacks are from the guard and your opponent refuses to engage with you in that position? They're not required to, you know. What if all of your defense is from the guard and your opponent inconsiderately decides to attack you from a different position?
In such cases, I see the person switch into the guard as soon as possible, but that is really inefficient. It's almost as silly as getting up and getting on the opposite side of your opponent because you only have attacks from the right side and you happen to be on his left.
I have had people tell me more than once that it is bad practice to ever give up your back, let someone get their hooks in, and a long list of other principles that I forget and it doesn't matter anyway because they're mostly bullshit.
What *I* think is bad practice is to give up a wide range of situations in which you have a potential to win. There are few absolutes in life and even fewer in fighting.
- Have a day every now and then when the guard position is forbidden. Make it against the rules, grounds for disqualification, etc. This forces everyone in your club to try something new.
- When working with a smaller or less experienced player, someone you know you could probably submit or pin, try to work from different positions, don't go into the guard at all if you can help it.
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