Last night during our no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu class we took a look at the X-Guard and how we can use it to sweep in-order to move from the Bottom Position to the Top position and also how to initiate off balance and then move to a submission. The X-Guard is a modern sport jiu-jitsu guard that allows you to sweep your opponent in several directions keeping them confused on which technique you are attempting to use. The misdirection that the X-guard allows you to use makes transitioning between attacks easier because your opponent can not easily keep his or her balance.
In this class we drilled two different techniques, a sweep where you move from the bottom to the top position and a counter to the top bjj player defending the first sweep where we move into a leg lock. Because the X-guard puts you so close to the legs there are a wide range of leg locks you can move into, in this particular jiu-jitsu class we transitioned to a calf slicer. Because of the lack of grips the No-Gi Jiu-jitsu game is much different than when you are wearing the GI- or Kimono. So in order to excel in No-Gi Jiu-jitsu you must master the art of transmission and be able to move smoothly from one position to another. The skills you develop training in no-gi jiu-jitsu are a great compliment to those that you learn in the Gi and vice-versa.
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