Over his jiu-jitsu career, Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes has shown the world that he is one of the top featherweights around. In the 2011 Abu Dhabi World Pro and 2012 World Nogi Championships he went head-to-head with some of the most masterful guard players in the world – namely Rafael Mendes and Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles – and came out on top. This naturally qualified Tanquinho, meaning ‘little tank” in Portuguese, as the perfect athlete to discuss how one can develop a strong guard-passing skillset.
TV’s most beloved dad, Ed O'Neil, famous for his roles as Al Bundy on Married with Children and Jay Pritchett on Modern Family, recounts his history in BJJ, his relationship with the Gracie family, and his tips for anyone starting to train jiu-jitsu in their 40's and beyond.
The guard is a position where you have your back on the ground and your opponent is in front of you and your legs are either around his body or between the two of you. There are two main types of guard, the “closed” guard and the “open” guard. As we stated above, the guard allows you to not only defend and protect but also launch attacks against your opponent from what was once perceived as an inferior position in fighting: being on the bottom with the opponent on top.
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12th June, 2017: The UAE Jiu-jitsu Federation® (UAEJJF), the official authority for the sport of jiu-jitsu in the United Arab Emirates, will offer cash prizes of over $125,000 in each of the four host cities [and over $200,000 at the Abu Dhabi leg of the tour] at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Jiu-Jitsu World Tour Season 3 [2017-18]: Los Angeles [USA], Tokyo [Japan], Rio de Janeiro [Brazil], Abu Dhabi [UAE] and London [UK].
Marcus Buchecha was already considered the biggest name in jiu-jitsu and already owned the record for total world titles. But last weekend, the Checkmat black belt, Buchecha, extended his record in the open class division and tied Roger Gracie for 10 world black belt titles - Roger had won three in the absolute and seven in his weight class. Still recovering from the battle of the weekend, the São Paulo 27 year old said that he still did not realize what he did in the sport.