Over the course of the next 16 months I saw spider guard a few more times. It really didn't interest me that much and learning Jiu Jitsu was still very slow for me. Everything took a lot of thought. After 16 months of training, I had 3 stripes on my white belt and I now found that all the new white belts didn't like to play guard either so it was a muscle match to see who would end up as the guard passer. Being a female, I didn't have many females to train with. I was okay with this and embraced training with the males, but now that I wasn't the newest person on the mat, I was finding I was on bottom getting smashed often in side control because I didn't have a guard. Without thought one day I ended up in the spider guard position and was surprised that I was able to keep the guys away. I realized that my legs were very strong and spider guard created distance that kept my opponent far from the dreaded cross face. This was the first time I put any thought into starting to play this guard. I didn't really know how I even gotten to the spider guard position but know I wanted to know how to get there again so I went how and google "How to get to spider guard in Jiu Jitsu" I found a very simple video on how to get into the position an used this to practice always getting my feet on my opponents biceps. For weeks all I did was get my feet on their biceps and hold onto to dear life!! Not only was I happy to not be getting smashed, but I was also have fun because I was in a new position that I really had not explored.
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