Evolution of the Spider Queen-Chapter 2

IBJJF Pan Ams 2017

IBJJF Pan Ams 2017

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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Evolution of the Spider Queen

Hi Everyone! My name is Coach Kim and I have put together a blog series about the evolution of my journey as a guard player. I hope you enjoy and feel free to reach out to me personally with any questions or comments you may have! I always love to hear from Fellow Jiu Jitsero!! 

 

To start I want to talk a bit about myself and how I started Jiu Jitsu. I started Jiu Jitsu because I thought it would be a great form of self defense. My intentions when I started was to only train 1 day a week because I was a committed runner at the time. Quickly I fell in love with that sport and started running less and training Jiu Jitsu more. The first time I was introduced to spider guard I had only trained about 2 months. Everything was confusing. I didn't understand which leg was supposed to be straight and which one bent. I could barely move my hips from side to side. It all was really confusing and all the upper belts I trained with talked about spider guard like it was very complex and advanced. When I started Jiu Jitsu I didn't like to play guard anyways because once my guard was passed I was stuck on bottom being smashed. So I never put much thought into this first taste of spider guard and continued training for over a year as a guard for passer. Never in my life would I have thought to pull guard by choice.

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Drills of getting into the position

Drills of getting into the position