The wrapped-arm guard

The wrapped-arm guard

by Leonardo "Tunico"


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The wrapped-arm guard

Controlling the distance to your opponent's body, as well as their movement. Breaking the passer's posture. Achieving firms grips on their jacket. Opening holes for multiple types of attack. These are some of the winningest strategies adopted by BJJ's elite guard players. They are all contained in the wrapped-arm guard, a system Leo Tunico is an expert in.

Tunico reveals a simple, efficient way to breaks grips and use your arm to wrap your opponent's arm, also grabbing their cross collar. Note that when you achieve this control, a menu of attack options opens up.

Among them are the cross choke, the hook sweep, the arm drag that leads to the back, and the triangle -- moves that will revolutionize your guard game (open and closed) and which you will learn in detail, from the best angles.

These are techniques for use in training, competition and self-defense scenarios. Note how common it is in MMA bouts for a guard-playing fighter to seek control over their opponent's arm to shorten the distance and control their movement, and then start attacking.

Watch these videos over and over, create your own double and triple attacks, and then go try it out on unsuspecting teammates. Oss!


Leonardo "Tunico"
Instructor

Leonardo "Tunico"

Born on April 8, 1985, Leo Tunico is one of the most talented BJJ competitors of his generation, having found success in the IBJJF's biggest events, especially at the base ranks. Also trained in judo, he teaches at Renzo Gracie Academy, all while maintaining a career as a DJ.

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General concepts of the wrapped-arm guard

General concepts of the wrapped-arm guard

There are many ways for you to weaken the posture of a guard passer so they become vulnerable to attacks and lose their base to...

Grip break from closed guard

Grip break from closed guard

Although it may look like a mere battle of physical strength, grip-breaking in BJJ is based on refined techniques that require ...

Choke with arm wrapped from closed guard

Choke with arm wrapped from closed guard

Playing closed guard, Leo Tunico teaches you how to control one of the passer's arms and, from that control position, submit an...


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