Purpose and Perspective

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You may not be an architect, but I’m sure you can easily imagine …

… a building without a strong base and a proper structure would collapse more easily than a building with these things.

You can say the same thing about how you approach your opponent.

Whether you’re attacking from the top or the bottom or grappling on your feet, you need to have a strong base and a proper structure.

Let’s focus on the guard here, though.

No matter which specific guard position you play, you need to make use of frames.

You can create a frame by connecting your arms or your arm and leg.

Or in the case of the knee shield, you’re using just one of your legs to create a frame.

These frames are often structurally strong enough to support your opponent’s weight and pressure.

So, having these frames in place will allow you to defend your guard position.

In the meantime, you can try to improve your position as well.

If you aren’t using frames enough, start using them … because they are essential to any and every guard position.

And here’s something you should understand …

Your frame/s would be there to stop your opponent from moving further towards you.

And your job here is NOT to push them away.

Sure, if you’re much stronger than your opponent, you might be able to do that … but that’s not efficient even with the strength difference.

What you want to do is to MOVE AWAY from your opponent.

Your purpose here is to create distance between yourself and your opponent.

Since you already have a frame to stop your opponent, all you need is to move your body away from your opponent to create that distance.

Does this make sense?

By changing your perspective and choosing the path of least resistance …

… you achieve the same effect while consuming much less energy.

This is a simple principle, but it’s useful to remember.