Xande Ribeiro has been competing in Jiujitsu since the 80s and 90s. What’s incredible is that he’s still competing at the highest levels these days, doing very well in the 2017 ADCC.

Incredibly he’s only had his guard passed twice in his competitive career, and that was by the legends Marcelo Garcia and Roger Gracie. In this seminar, he shares his guard retention secrets and goes on to discuss various other guard concepts later.


Breakdown of seminar content:

2:45 – recovering from smashed half guard 10:03 – defending the knee slice pass 15:55 – posting the elbow and using technical stand up movement to free the bottom leg from the knee slice 16:33 – concept of “shoulder escaping” 19:35 – discussing the arm weave with Olga 21:34 – defending the “dark side” of the knee shield half guard 23:49 – discussing closed guard 25:48 – using the loop choke to defend the knee slice 28:03 – submitting from the guard rather than sweeping 31:05 – discussing inverting 34:00 – recovering from reverse half guard 35:10 – armadillo concept 39:43 – defending the back step 40:13 – defending mount attempt and underhook attempt 42:29 – recovering from kuzure kesa gatame 43:56 – more on recovering from reverse half guard and reverse side control.

If you want to see his guard in action then check out this match with Arnaldo Olivera.

And as a bonus here are some of his techniques from a 2 on 1 Butterfly guard that I really like: