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  1. kayman101 is offline

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    In awe of Marcelo

    I know I'm late to this party, but Marcelo Garcia's sheer talent on the mat is incomprehensible! I considered posting this in the basic technique forum but my question regarding his style is not specific enough.

    My fascination with Marcelo is based on the guard he plays. It's perfect, in my opinion, for a smaller, shorter player who benefits from achieving the top position. For those who are not familiar with his guard game, here's a clip:



    I'm wondering if anyone could provide some helpful strategies/theories regarding this style of guard. I fear that it's Marcelo's God-given talent that allows this style of guard to be so effective, but I'm hoping otherwise. My short, stocky frame (5' 10", 220) seems well suited for Marcelo's guard, but I love to hear advice from Bullshido members.
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    4/21/2011 9:27am

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    I think you're a little big for Marcelo's game frankly. 220 isn't even the same world as Marcelo. All that aside get your purple belt before trying to emulate someone like him. At the blue belt level you'd be better off picking a specific facet of his game and making that part of yours.


    This is all coming from a place of love (for Marcelo). I had the same thoughts and I'm exactly his size. At blue belt level all I did was work his arm drags and seatbelt controls. I'm currently looking at more of his game radiating out from the parts I'm already good at.
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    4/21/2011 9:44am

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    Marcelo has created a game that is suitable for his body mechanics and practicing over and over after experimenting with different strong and weak (if marcelo has a weakness) points in the technique he's aquired over years of training. Your body and brain is different from Marcelo, but you can learn about his game so that you can practice it and mix it into your own Jiu Jitsu.

    Aside from being a technician, Marcelo is also a High-level athlete. Though you don't need super athleticism to perform most of his techniques, it help to be in shape in order to practice these techniques in live grappling sessions over and over again.

    Marcelo had a DVD and book on the guard he utilizes called the X-Guard. depending on how resourceful you are, you can buy or download the book PDF and DVD or got buy the book.
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    4/21/2011 11:44am


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    What Whiteshark said - I'd say if you want to roll like Garcia,pick one part of the game. I say work on the sweeps. He tends to play a very close, tight game, and work sweeps like mad. It's really fantastic to watch.

    If you buy the XGuard book or vids, be aware that some of the stuff he does is not going to work for mere humans.
    "Never trust a quote you read on the internet" - Abraham Lincoln



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    Thanks for the comments, gentlemen. I really like his sweeps from the open guard and plan on incorporating them into my game. Being on top really suits me well and that's exactly what Marcelo looks to achieve from his guard.

    Shark: When you worked the arm drag, was it from the open or closed guard? I ask this because my training comes from a traditional school that favors a closed guard game. I'd really like to develop a more aggressive guard game considering my stocky frame. Triangles and arm bars don't seem to be in the cards for me.
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    Open guard. I hardly ever use closed guard at all unless I'm resting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteShark View Post
    Open guard. I hardly ever use closed guard at all unless I'm resting.
    That's exactly how I feel: closed guard seems like a defensive position. It doesn't help that my short, stocky legs can't wrap around anything north of 150 pounds.

    Side note: Your new avatar kicks ass
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    you might want to work on your butterfly guard. In the X guard series, Marcelo first introduces you to the Butterfly guard techniques he uses that feed right into the X guard game
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    Quote Originally Posted by kayman101 View Post
    I know I'm late to this party, but Marcelo Garcia's sheer talent on the mat is incomprehensible! I considered posting this in the basic technique forum but my question regarding his style is not specific enough.

    My fascination with Marcelo is based on the guard he plays. It's perfect, in my opinion, for a smaller, shorter player who benefits from achieving the top position. For those who are not familiar with his guard game, here's a clip:



    I'm wondering if anyone could provide some helpful strategies/theories regarding this style of guard. I fear that it's Marcelo's God-given talent that allows this style of guard to be so effective, but I'm hoping otherwise. My short, stocky frame (5' 10", 220) seems well suited for Marcelo's guard, but I love to hear advice from Bullshido members.
    You should be playing my game. Better suited for you.

    aaaaaand, I can't help but be a douchebag so....


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    4/22/2011 3:45pm


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    [QUOTE=Omega;2538003]You should be playing my game. Better suited for you.

    aaaaaand, I can't help but be a douchebag so....




    OK, Omega, I'll bite. What is your game and how is it better suited for me?
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