cant keep rubber guard for some reason....
If you have a good knee squeeze clinch in New York, all a good posture is going to do is lift you off of the mat. Where the posture breaks your control is when you are transitioning and not focusing on your clinch.
The power of the rubber guard control is in that tight hugging of your knee that traps the shoulder. Despite what most people think, it is not in the holding of your own ankle. The only reason you hold the ankle is to remain squared up with your opponent with your tools in hand ready to attack, or else the move would constantly just turn into an omoplata.
Use your non-rubber guard leg to sink a grapevine as he transitions to the stack. Too many people forget to grapevine from guard.
Also, rubber guard isn't the only way to play guard. If your rubber guard is getting smashed, do something else.
Thank you Chaz for the vid post. I would have done it myself, but I is barely literate with puters.
Since 117 is tonight, and this is a rubber guard thread, I will say 'WAR HAZELETT!'
i too have mixed feelings about rubberguard.
when i was starting out a few years ago the book had just come out. as a newbie i thought wow, look at these funky positions, i wanna do that.
after messing with it a bit, eventually I came to the conclusion that the whole rubber guard itself was not for me but I do use the 1/2 guard series and a version of the omaplata series that I modified to fit my needs and style from Bravo's RG. i would skip mission control though....i liked full guard better. break them down immediately into my full guard and get the overhook on one side, or zombie for the overhook. Id then hip out to the side (hipping out uses same control on opp's arm but less flexibilty in the legs and hips) and bring my foot up to reach chilldog. from there jiuclaw/omaplata.
I recently saw an add for something in an mma mag. a picture of Bravo labeled " Eddie Bravo/Gracie Crippler.
I respect Eddie Bravo as a BJJ black belt and a human being, although I feel like he has ridden on his one accomplishment of defeating Royler way too long. I dont know that he has done anything since? I could be wrong. I wish he would step up atleast in the jitsu scene and compete again to show us how far its come and the effectiveness of the RG against traditional masters of BJJ and Nogi. He speaks of its effectiveness in bjj/nogi and mma, but has yet to prove it himself. imagine what mma would be today if the gracie's had only claimed to have the most effective art but not ever proved it. I know eddie doesnt claim its the most effective, but he does claim its "higher percentage". He should go and prove it.
I utilize the overhook guard as well but it's still not as secure as rubber guard. Both guards are effective against people who attack the guard with a low posture (usually wrestlers) however the overhook is more understood by wrestlers. So the one advantage you get against a wrestler (their posture) is marginalized by their familiarity with your overhook.
That being said, the overhook guard is definitely a complete approach to a high guard system that doesn't require the flexibility needed for rubber guard. Usually, when my training partners want me to teach them rubber guard techniques I end up teaching them BJ Penn's iteration of the overhook guard (I think he calls it The Damn Good Guard?) since it is usually more applicable to their game and it's a perfect lead in to the rubber guard if they still want to go that way..