by Vitor “Shaolin” Riberio
Some (but not all) BJJ competitors jump to guard in order to get the fight to the ground quickly and avoid conceding takedown points. Most of the time this simply consists of jumping in the air while trying to pull your opponent into your closed guard. In this technique series Shaolin shows that there are some more sophisticated guard-jumping options available to jiu-jitsu practitioners:
This grip helps maintain the proper distance between you and your opponent and makes it more difficult for him to run around your legs when you jump to guard.
Thanks to Todd Dorion for being the opponent in this technique.