I have now been training for 2 years, I have just started to learn the closed guard.
normally this would be the first thing taught to a new Jiu Jitsu student, but 8020 is not an ordinary Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school.
It has been made clear that SBG is a big influence on 8020BJJ but definitely not the only influence, you get the feeling that sports science and modern training philosophy drives the methods used by Dion at 8020BJJ.
But, is that a reason not to learn the closed guard ? well, IMHO yes.
At least not as a priority, at 8020 movement is king and the closed guard was left out for a fair while(actually, only from my perspective, if it was your first time last week then you started your BJJ training with the closed guard).
We have had two classes so far on the closed guard and they have both been very interesting, I think we started on the 9th of October but I didn’t really note anything down apart from that we started our closed guard focus.
Last night we drilled the famous Arm Bar from the Closed Guard. I remember when I was a teenager(like in 1995-6) and I wanted to do BJJ, I visited a gym in Edgewater and I watched one lesson, I still remember that they were drilling the Arm Bar from the Closed Guard.
I love guard, so anything guard related, is something I am going to jump all over and as we slowly added the resistance to the drill it became good fun being Arm-barred and Arm-barring people. What I am really looking forward to now, is the addition of this technique into everyone’s game.
The first time I experienced this was when we did 3 months on leg locks after that we all went crazy with leg locks, I didn’t appreciate it back then but this would then be a pattern, we have a 3 month focus on a certain area and everyone’s games change to include that specific area, its like software getting a new module and suddenly you have this new feature you get to play with!
gem install closed-guard
Everyone suddenly has new attacks and defenses, it drives people to YouTube crazy techniques and it just ends up being damn awesome.
BJJ4life has also confirmed their no-gi tournament which will be on the 9th of November, I am going to enter this, which will be my first no-gi tournament so I have not been wearing the Gi much at all.
I am also getting the feeling that we will have a few from 8020 entering also so I’m looking forward to the 9th of November.