Mastering Mixed Martial Arts: The Guard

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  • ISBN13: 9780981504421
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Combining wrestling, boxing and ruthless ground-and-pound with world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Antonio Nogueira, current UFC Heavyweight Champion, has developed the most sought-after fighting system on the planet. In Ma… More >>

Mastering Mixed Martial Arts: The Guard


5 Responses to “Mastering Mixed Martial Arts: The Guard”
  1. The first thing I have to say is that this is not a no-gi book. This is not a book of random moves and submissions from the guard. This is the exact guard system developed by Minotauro Nogueira (Big Nog) that he uses to compete in MMA. It’s not a bunch of moves he doesn’t use, and each move stacks onto of the previous set of moves. It’s a complete system to be used in it’s entirety. In that respect, I think that it’s one of the best books I’ve read on the market for MMA guard.

    One pitfall this book avoid that a lot of other books can’t is that he stays right on the point. There’s no submission grappling or gi specific moves in this book that he simply executed with a pair of MMA gloves on. Everything is specifically tailored to the MMA guard. A lot of the book is geared towards avoiding taking punishment in the guard, something that Nogueira has learned a lot about in his career.

    The first section of the book is posture control. The main emphasis of these chapters is controlling your opponent your guard to avoid taking damage, but still being offensive. Traditional closed guard and Nog’s famous double shin on biceps guard are covered and broken down, showing the reader how to execute sweeps, submissions and gets up in an MMA environment. The hand trapping and head control he shows are actually really key to making the bottom work for you in a fight.

    A relatively large portion of the book is centered around the half guard. I honestly think this is one of the best half guard sections I’ve ever seen in any book on grappling or MMA. Second best would be Eddie Bravo’s book, and yes I really do think it trumps that. So many great, fundamental moves, broken down in very exacting detail. He also often explains the mistakes and counters available in positions, and then will go on to correct it in the next set of photos. If you have any doubts about the half guard for MMA, just read this book and then watch Nogueira’s fights. In this section, he covers the details of his half guard sweeps he used to catch Tim Sylvia, turn Fabricio Werdum, and the infamous half guard sit out he’s used on everyone including Bob Sapp. I really think that the half guard section in this book is fantastic.

    The book rounds out with some of his best sequences from a double wrist control, both open and closed guard variations, as well as a his methods and techniques from the butterfly guard and a couple of key techniques from the downed guard, as if an opponent just stood up front inside your open guard, or you just got knocked flat with a punch. There’s a lot of good moves he covers that can turn this potentially bad situation into a potentially great one.

    So that’s it, this really is an awesome book, especially for the price. If you’re the market to find a book geared towards being effective, dangerous, and exciting off of your back in an MMA fight, I can’t recommend this book enough.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Mastering Mixed Martial Arts – The Guard

    by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

    with Glen Cordoza & Erich Krauss (Victory Belt)

    © Marc Wickert December 20, 2008

    Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is to grappling what Las Vegas is to deserts. The idiom used to be, `One man’s meat is another man’s poison’, but in Nogueira’s case it’s `One man’s poison is another man’s bread and butter’.

    When it comes to fighting, most competitors – particularly wrestlers – avoid being on their backs like the plague. However with Antonio Nogueira, not only is he at home in the guard, but he turns the hell’s kitchen of MMA into his own private torture chamber, welcoming adversaries like a spider to a fly.

    “Fighting off my back allowed me to use both of my arms and both of my legs to attack, while my opponent on top was restricted to using just his arms. Four limbs against two – how could you not like those odds?” asks Nogueira.

    And no one submits from the bottom better than Antonio, who covers everything in Mastering Mixed Martial Arts – The Guard, including position control, double arm controls, inside hooks guard, half guard and the downed guard.

    After studying and practicing Nogueira’s 226 pages of crystal-clear lessons, you can’t help feel not only extremely confident fighting from your back, but like Antonio, you’ll feel compelled to seek out the guard during training and competition.

    Antonio Nogueira provides his readers with a complete fight plan that resembles Rubik’s cube: From start to finish, everything flows, with one move connecting to the next. “Unlike most books, I haven’t offered a random group of techniques. I’ve sequenced the moves together based on an opponent’s most common reaction to your position or previous submission. If your goal is to develop a guard system where everything is interconnected, I suggest studying this section sequentially. ”

    The autobiographical introduction to Mastering Mixed Martial Arts – The Guard makes this a value-for-money publication even before the instruction starts. An amazing book by an amazing man.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Nogueira is the best guard player in MMA, and this book gives his entire system. I really like how every move is based on the move that came before it. If your opponent does ‘this’ to defend your technique, you answer with ‘this’. If he defends your second technique, you go to the third technique. It goes on and on like this, providing answers most fighters don’t know. And this isn’t just in the guard, it is the half guard as well. A very, very good book to understand how you must grapple in mma.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Musashi says:

    Great dvd! Vicory Belt Delivers. All 8 Discs cover every aspect of the game. There are 8 discs in total 5 Silva discs and 3 Nogueira discs called Mixed Martial Arts the Ultimate Set plus 2 books one by Silva and one by Nogueira. Silva’s last two discs will be released soon one in the next month (Muay Thai Clinch) the other a little later (Muay Thai Strikes) and then the Clinch book. Definitly worth it.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Gift Card says:

    There’re several books out there that cover the guard; but they’re mainly for sport BJJ. The rubber guard has had success with guys like Shinya Akoi over in Japan; but until any fighter comes even close to having an actual battle contested guard like Nogueira’s; this book should absloutely be your first one in your collection to build a foundation for the guard in mma. Note: I’m not necesserialy knocking the X-guard,rubber guard,The Other guard books;I own them all and they’re very good.It’s just that for street fighting or mma this should be in my opinion your first stop!
    Rating: 5 / 5