This past week we worked the Crooked Guard series. This guard gets its name from having your opponent’s arm pulled across your body and your guard locked from a side position. Once this position is stabilized, your opponent is in constant attack for the armbar, triangle choke, sweeps, and various other attacks.
The Crooked Guard doesn’t require a lot of flexibility. It is an excellent position to be used in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Since the Crooked Guard poses a different angle for your opponent, once mastered, it makes it difficult for your opponent to pass or strike you from the position.