Annapolis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Butterfly Guard Series
Monday’s snowfall resulted in class being cancelled. Who would of thought we would get snow in March? As a result, the first day of class for the week started Tuesday night. And, what a great night at Annapolis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu it was.
Annapolis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor, Big Steve, showed a butterfly guard series. The particular guard is a position Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners borrowed from judo. Judo players use it to prevent the top combatant from moving away. Annapolis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students learn to use this position for offense and defense.
Annapolis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Butterfly Guard Explained
The butterfly is a Jiu-Jitsu Guard Position in which you are on your back and both of your legs are hooked with your ankles in between your opponent’s legs and against the inside of your opponent’s thighs. Control of your opponent is gained by using both of your legs, arms, or a combination of the two. Moreover, at our Annapolis Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu School, students learn unique hand positioning to dominate control of this unique guard position making attacking and sweeping your opponent easy.
Many BJJ practitioners believe this type of guard is short lived due to your opponent having some freedom of movement in this position. However, just like any other position in BJJ, you must learn the Butterfly Guard Basics then leverage the ins and outs of this particular position to restrict the movement of your opponent. Once you become well versed in this particular guard, it can become a very offensive position to create powerful sweeps, submissions, and lightening fast transitions. For example, positions the butterfly guard can transition into are the X-Guard Sweeps, back to Sweeps From Full Guard, and back and forth from the X Guard and Butterfly Guard, just to name a few. The movements into transitions are numerous.
The following is a set of pictures of Annapolis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor, Big Steve Adornato, showing a butterfly guard technique series:
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