I’ve recently been asked about ways of defending against the rubber guard. Although I’m decent with rubber guard basics, I’m not an expert in it, so an expert might blow through my suggestions…
However, here’s my advice (watch the video below for a better explanation)
- Start by learning the rubber guard basics yourself. If you know what you opponent’s trying to do BEFORE he does it, things become much harder for him. (Sort of common sense, right?) Not to mention… rubber guard’s a great position… you should learn it anyways.
- Rubber guard is tough to escape, so it’s easier to avoid it in the first place than to have to escape it. Learn to avoid being caught with your head down OR being pulled forward… that’s when your opponent can put on the rubber guard. Which leads you to…
- Ways to avoid being pulled forward OR having your head down:
- Your opponent can’t pull you forward or put on rubber guard when your hands are to his biceps. So:
- Pass guard with your hands to biceps (see video)
- Put your knee to his butt (to open his legs) while your hands are to his biceps, then posture hands at belt line and pass (see video)
- Proper posture – keep you head behind your hands (“tripod position” ) while passing or standing to avoid being pulled forward (see video)
- Post off on your opponent when he tries to sit up to pull you down (see video)
ALTERNATELY, If you’re getting trapped in the basic rubber guard grip, there’s a few possible options that may work IF DONE EARLY ENOUGH. I’m not going into those here. The point I’m trying to get across is, it’s MUCH easier to avoid the rubber guard position than it is to escape it. If you spend time learning how to not get caught in it, you won’t have to defend against it nearly as often.
How do YOU defend against rubber guard? Post your ideas below!