Weaponize Your Closed Guard with Techniques from Roger, Aly, Xande & More

Though one of the most formidable positions in all of jiu-jitsu, the closed guard can often be (incorrectly) seen as a beginner's position that offers little in the way of attacks at the higher levels.

We've got several World & ADCC Champs on deck that believe otherwise, and they've shared some of the best tips and tricks from the position that should have you crushing your enemies in no time! 


Mahamed Aly - Lapel Wrap Armbar

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Mahamed Aly is the 2018 IBJJF heavyweight World Champion with some slick technique in his arsenal  Here he shows crafty use of the lapel to trap his opponent's arm before swinging his hips and capturing the armbar. 


Roger Gracie - Closed Guard Masterclass

15min Master Class With Roger Gracie

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The GOAT delivers fifteen minutes of excellence detailing the finer points of the position that he is famous for.  You're not going to want to miss these details.


Josh Hinger - Modified Cross Choke

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Those he's lesser known for his lapel wizardry some of his other teammates, Josh Hinge still has a few tricks up his sleeve.  Hit your opponents with a cross choke they won't see coming, 


Renato 'Babalu' Sobral - Baratoplata

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Quick and dirty, Babalu shows the set up for this exotic submission.


Xande Ribeiro – Defeating The Closed Guard 

Private Lesson With Xande Ribeiro

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It would almost be a bit unfair to give away all of this knowledge without any recourse for the passer to defend themselves from the mighty closed guard! Fear not, the legend Xande Ribeiro delivers a 20-minute private lesson to Reid from FloGrapplng that demonstrates some of the best ways to negate and overcome the position. 

How To Watch Fight To Win 142: Garcia vs Reusing

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Fight to Win 141 Results: Lovato Jr. Submits Maidana

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WNO Highlights: Rafael Lovato Jr And Xande Ribeiro

Rafael Lovato Jr is going to be fighting Arnaldo Maidana this weekend at F2W 141 in the main event. His mentor Xande Ribeiro joined us along with Rafael to discuss both mens return to competition, first here is the full episode - 

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Official Predictions: Lovato vs Maidana, Najmi vs Henderson

We'll see the return of Rafael Lovato to gi competition against Checkmat standout Arnaldo Maidana in the main event. The support act will be carried out by Edwin Najmi and Benson Henderson, a match that is nothing short of a guaranteed scrap.  

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Benson Henderson Grappling Game Analysis

There are only a handful of competitors who jump from gi to no-gi and to MMA. Gilbert Burns and AJ Agazarm spring to mind, as does former UFC lightweight champion Ben “Smooth” Henderson. 

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On The Rise: Arnaldo Maidana

Can Arnaldo Maidana pull off the ultimate upset against Rafael Lovato Jr.? This weekend the two will be facing off at FTW 141 where Arnaldo will get his chance to defeat the American legend.

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WNO Highlights: F2W 139 And 140 Mega Show!

For episode 64 of the WNO Podcast, we had some of the key names from F2W 139 and 140 call in to discuss the event. Queixinho, unfortunately, was not available, but we had Cyborg, AJ Agazarm, Johnny Tama, and Gabriel Almeida all call in. Here are the highlights: 

Lovato, Najmi, Benson & More Set To Bring The HEAT To Dallas

Fight To Win has set up another thrilling night of matches for Memorial Day weekend! 

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