The open guard is a guard position wherein the fighter applying it does not have his legs wrapped around his opponent’s torso. It is said that static control available to the player using the open guard is lower than the control he has if he uses the closed guard, but as a transition movement to other types of guard, it is useful.
Step by Step Process of Open Guard Technique:
In the standard open guard, the fighter has both or one foot on his opponent’s hips. It is a way to control the distance between himself and the opponent, and from this position, the fighter can use different types of upper body control to gain dominance. The open guard allows possibilities for different sweeps, transitions to other offensive moves, as well as submission setups.
When assuming the open guard position, the fighter doing it should firmly place his feet on the opponent’s hips, regardless of whether the opponent is standing or kneeling on the floor. The open guard is a fluid and dynamic position that can evolve into the spider guard or the x-guard.
It is crucial to the fighter using the open guard prevents the opponent from getting ahold of his feet and controlling them. When this happens, the opponent can easily break the guard. The first fighter should move his feet away from the opponent whenever the latter attempts to grab his feet but should plant them firmly against the opponent’s legs and hips whenever possible so he cannot move closer.
The fighter using the open guard can prevent the opponent from grabbing his feet is by circling them. He can make cycling movement, circling his feet and legs inside and out every time the opponent tries to make a grab for his feet, Then the first fighter should pull one of the opponent’s arm forward, stretching it at the same time that he plants his feet on the latter’s legs. The opponent will be unable to move offensively and fail to pass the guard.
The fighter using the open guard can then make the transition to a more offensive position and strike.