Spider Guard Masterclass 1: Understanding Spider Guard, the Critical Fundamentals

The Hidden Details, Techniques and Strategies of the Spider Guard

Spider Guard Masterclass 1 – Understanding Spider Guard – covers the critical fundamentals, the hidden principles, and most effective strategies for a modern BJJ guard domination.

Graphic from Spider Guard Masterclass 1 app for iPhone and Android

In this first app we’ll show you exactly how world class BJJ competitors create pressure from the bottom. Crazy flexibility and athleticism are NOT required.

With these easy-to-use techniques and strategies you’ll keep your opponents off-balance and set up your own sweeps and submissions. This is a critical aspect of an aggressive guard, because if your opponent is off-balance and on the defensive all the time then he can’t really launch his own guard pass attempts.

You’ll learn detailed gripping strategies to control your opponent, lock him down, and make it even more difficult for him to pass your guard or escape your attacks.

You’ll get the core drills that will make the spider guard an effective position, allowing you to respond quickly and instinctively to your opponent.

Finally you’ll ALSO get amazing gameplans for the two most effective Spider Guard submissions, the Omoplata and the Triangle Choke.

These two attacks show up again and again when world class competitors use the Spider Guard, and they’re two of the highest percentage submission techniques out there.

But you’ll get much, much more than a simple breakdown for the Omoplata and Triangle.

You’ll get the adjustments and details that make them work against much bigger opponents. You’ll also learn the combinations, counters and follow-ups to effortlessly flow around your opponent’s defences and submit him no matter how he tries to defend.

Much more than just a random collection of techniques, this is a competition-proven system for building an aggressive, attack-oriented guard.

The bottom line is that this app goes into detail about the exact grips, techniques and drills you need to create pressure and control your opponent. It will give you a rock solid foundation for every one of the Spider Guard variations we’ll be covering in the other apps in this series

Click here to see all 5 apps in the Spider Guard Masterclass Series

About The Spider Guard

The Spider Guard is one of the most important positions of modern BJJ. If used correctly it’s incredibly difficult for someone to pass your guard, and you can use it to launch a huge assortment of powerful sweeps and attacks to keep your opponents on the run.

The Spider Guard is the favourite tool of many BJJ champions and top competitors including Cobrinha, Keenan Cornelius, Tinguinha, Draculino, Romulo Barral, Marcelino Freitas, Michael Langhi and Leandro Lo.

But now, for the first time, in the Grapplearts Spider Guard Masterclass series of apps you can have an exact blueprint for this essential BJJ position.

About Your Teachers

Your instructors are BJJ black belts Elliott Bayev and Stephan Kesting, known for their friendly and informative teaching styles. Together they have spent over 50 years  in the martial arts, and 40 years of experience teaching.

Their approach to the Spider Guard will make it easy for you to learn and absorb the material, and then unleash it on your training partners and opponents in competition.


  • The exact techniques and strategies used by world champions to dominate their matches using the Spider Guard.
  •  2 hours and 18 minutes of solid, filler-free, video instruction in just this one app!
  • All the footage has been professionally filmed and edited for maximum ease of learning
  • The app includes complete menus for easy navigation
  • The app is designed to download to your phone or iPad; an internet connection is NOT required to view the videos
  • The same app plays on both your phone and your tablet, so you don’t need to buy different versions for each type of device

Omoplata from spider guard app


Here are just a few excerpts from this instructional app – we hope that they’ll be both informative and useful.

Please keep in mind that all the concepts, drills and techniques in this app have been chosen and arranged so that they build on each other, making combined material in this app much more powerful than the sum of its parts.

5 Fundamental Drills Necessary for Mastering the Spider Guard

Secrets of Tightening Your Triangle Choke (from the Triangle Choke Mastery section of this app)

This video is about the Key to Dominating from Spider Guard (from the section on creating pressure in the Spider Guard)

A Powerful Omoplata Finish (from the Omoplata Mastery section of the app)


Menu screen for BJJ Spider Guard App 1CONTENTS

  1. Introduction
  2. What is Spider Guard?
  3. Pressure
  4. Grips & Hooks
  5. Breaking Grips
  6. Attacking Base
  7. Basic Movements
  8. Introduction to the Triangle Submission Chain
  9. Fundamental Triangle Finish
  10. Big Boy Triangle
  11. Triangle Armbar
  12. Wristlock
  13. Inverse Armbars
  14. Kimuras
  15. Armbar vs Posture
  16. Knock-backs vs Posture
  17. Punch Choke vs Hidden Arm
  18. Teepee vs Hidden Arm
  19. Triangle to Omoplata vs Hidden Arm [Formerly
  20. Triangle Submission Chain: Troubleshooting the Triangle
  21. Introduction to the Omoplata Submission Chain
  22. Fundamental Omoplata Finish
  23. Fundamental Finish Follow-ups
  24. The Rack
  25. Situp vs. Roll
  26. Re-roll To Reverse Crucifix vs Roll
  27. Re-roll to Reverse Crucifix Knee Trap
  28. See Saw vs. Stepover
  29. Spinning Omoplata vs. Stepover
  30. Knee-In Slingshot Sweep vs. Partial Stepover
  31. Triangle vs. Posture
  32. Swing vs. Posture
  33. Rollback vs. Posture
  34. Rollback Kneebar vs Posture
  35. Roll Away vs. Knee On Stomach
  36. Williams ReRoll vs. Rollunder

Double Biceps Spider Guard

Other Grapplearts Mobile Apps

Did you know that this is only one of five apps that Elliott and I created to deal with different aspects of the Spider Guard?

Click here to see all 5 apps in the Spider Guard Masterclass Series

And there are lots of other Grapplearts mobile apps too! Want to learn how to submit, sweep or throw your opponents?  Do you need a top or bottom game strategy?  Or are you always getting pinned by bigger, stronger opponents?

Well, there’s an app for that!

Click here to see ALL the Grapplearts BJJ Mobile Instructional Apps

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