Passing the Guard
By Ed Beneviille and Tim Cartmell
Reviewed by Roberto Pedreira
Global Training Report
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addition to some good ones (see reviews).
It is always easier and more ego-gratifying to review bad books--you
simply list the flaws and explain what the authors should have
said, the obviously brilliant reviewer miraculously knowing what that
would be. Good books are much harder to review. Thus it is that Passing
the Guard is not an easy book to review. The problem is that it is
Not surprisingly, Passing the Guard is about
passing the guard but not only that. Chp 6 covers attacks from inside
the guard, neck cranks, ankle and knee locks) and attacks when the
opponent is in the quatro (aka "turtle", or
"dog" position). It also includes defenses against guard
passes and defenses against attacks from inside the guard. All are shown
clearly in photo sequences. Author Ed Beneville wears the white quimono
and co-author Tim Cartmell wears the blue kimono. This makes it pretty
easy to see what they are doing. For a lot of the more complicated
moves, the sequence is shown from two different angles. The final
section shows some drills that could be useful for developing the
attributes needed to pass the guard. Obviously, there are many
techniques for passing both closed and open guards. There are about 50
different passes covered. A few are generally all that most people need
and if done well enough they will usually suffice (over the legs, under
the legs, standing, kneeling, to left side, knee to right side, around
the legs). Of course, guys with better guards will know all of the
passes and will be ready to counter them. The more variations you can
threaten with, the harder it will be for the guardeiro to keep
the rhythm. Passing the Guard Vol. 1 will give you a quick
and handy overview of most of the present day methods for passing the
guard. By the time Vol. 2 comes out there will probably be some new raspagems
(sweeps) and finalizations on the scene, devised to exploit positional
weaknesses in the older passes. So new passes will also be developed.
Thus does the game never end.
The authors seem to know what they are talking about.
Tim has a brown belt from Cleber
Luciano, and Ed's comes from Joe Moreira.
I tried out each and every one of the moves in the
book, to verify that they work and that the illustrations are sufficient
to learn the move from. My conclusion is that they do work and the
illustrations are sufficient. Judge for yourself.
In most cases, one page is devoted to one technique
(with side bars offering tips, warnings, and details). This page shows
the Ezekial choke (known in judo as "sode guruma").
This is the technique that Yoshida allegedly beat Royce with (Royce
denies it). The relevance of this choke is that it is one of the few
(the Sucuri choke is another) that can work even if you are
inside the opponent's guard or half guard, as Yoshida was in Royce's.
You will notice one typo in the example page above
("grap" should be "grab"), and there are one or two
others, but nothing out of the ordinary. Overall, this is a well
produced, attractive, and easy to use book.
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