Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has evolved right alongside the sport of MMA. It’s latest transition was sparked not by God, but by a bunch of stoners from California, led by Eddie Bravo, creator of the Rubber Guard.
In the last year we’ve seen a new generation of grapplers, most of them in their 20s and early 30s - Dustin Hazelett, Jake Shields, the Diaz bothers - utilize Bravo’s creation with stunning results.
Simply put: the Rubber Guard is the future of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - so far as it is applied to MMA. The old school guard can work, yes, but only if you’re built like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria. It’s reliance on wrist control requires tremendous grip strength and an iron chin. Who wants to get hit the face while swinging your hips around for an armbar?
The Rubber Guard - sometimes called the Greco Guard, because of the way in which practitioners break their opponents down using double arm hooks - is a higher percentage weapon. It’s offensive rather than defensive.
Check out Dustin Hazelett’s fight against Tamdan McCrory at UFC 91. Hazelett grabs his own ankle and pulls it in front of McCrory’s face - “Mission Control,” to use Bravo’s nomenclature - and then immediately starts working for omoplatas and gogoplatas. That’s the future of MMA Jiu-Jitsu! Attack, attack, attack, not hold on until the ref stands you back up.
You see where I stand. I think Rubber Guard is the future of MMA Jiu-Jitsu.