BJ Penn talks about the "Closed Guard"Posted on March 16, 2010, 04:13 PM by Daniel Cassidy
Recently, it seems a lot of people are forgetting bjj is one of the corner stones of our sports, ignoring it in favour of wrestling, judo, or even sambo. But there are still people still hold BJJ as the best grappling style in the industry, such as the wrolds number 1 lightweight fighter, BJ Penn:
"I guess if you're in the closed guard you either gotta go for a submission or go for a sweep, or get back to your feet. Because, you know, the way the rules are set, the rules are set for whoever has the better takedowns....It doesn't matter what the guy on the bottom does," Penn added. "But I definitely think you can use the closed guard. Guys like "Minotauro" , they show it. It's just different people's games. But Jon Fitch is right, if you're on the bottom in your closed guard you're gonna be losing by decision for sure.
I just really like the mission control position, to tell you the truth. All the stuff that comes off it--the omoplatas, the arm bars, and the triangles--that stuff's pretty self-explanatory. If you've got a pretty good idea of Jiu Jitsu, that stuff kinda blends well," said Penn. "You can kind of pin the guy down, and you can kind of hit him if he stays close to you. I definitely like the rubber guard. I always try to use it, especially when I'm just grappling or at the gym."