MMA best type of guard for shorter limbed people

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  1. SHORTSHIFTER

    SHORTSHIFTER Old School Lurker

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    posted this on sub fighter too
    but wanted to see what the ot experts thought

    i dont have the typical bjj body type

    i am not long limbed
    i am kinda thicker and shorter limbed

    i am looking to birng my guard game up a few notches

    i wanted to get in depth with a certian type of guard

    what do you suggest for us shortlimbed people

    by type of guard i mean like spider, ruber, cross, butterfly

    i know a lot of sweeps from butter fly guard..




    but which kinda guard do you think i would have th emost success with??
     
  2. Sammo

    Sammo New Member

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    where are you training in Toronto?
     
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    chechen Brazilian Jiu Jitsu OT Supporter

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    half-butterfly guard is my fav. i'm 5'7
     
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    I'm a shorter guy myself, but I think it all depends on style. I actually like working from half guard and know a bunch of nifty sweeps from there. Lately I've been scooting into butterfly every time I roll because I want to get better there.

    Could someone explain to me what spider guard is? I never heard of it before.
     
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    SHORTSHIFTER Old School Lurker

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    i used to train at toronto bjj but the location at weston and steels closed and i cant really make it to their downtown location after work....

    right now i train at www.revmma.com... it may seem like a mcdojo but its not ... we roll full strgenth and learn the same shit...plus it is walking distance from my house


    i am thinking of switching to kombat arts tho.... it is like 5 mins away from my work

    where do you train??
     
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    do you train gi or no gi?
     
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    Start working the butterfly a lot and see if that works for you.
     
  8. SHORTSHIFTER

    SHORTSHIFTER Old School Lurker

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    both no gi and gi
     
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    I have "stout" legs, and I train only no gi, for MMA purposes. I have a difficult time with rubber guard, so I utilize butterfly or modified spider guard with both heels placed firmly in the crests of the hips. True spider guard requires gi sleeve control, usually with the feet placed on the biceps. I use strong wrist control, but once we get sweaty, it's pretty much useless. Then I revert to butterfly.
     
  10. brolli

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    i agree with half butterfly, also x guard, full butterfly. You could also try to make your game revolve aroudn getting back to your knees from all bottom positions if they don't have enough weight on you (gotta get good at scrambling for this)
     

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