View Poll Results: Is rubber guard just a gimmick?

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  1. #1

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!

    Is rubber guard just a gimmick?

    Do you think rubber guard is just a gimmick?

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    Gimmick. High active guard.

    Of course I've never been taught it as such and only realizewhat it was on seeing pictures and thinking "crap, we all do that sort of thing".

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    As seen in many a ke?po thread, this is an example of rubber guard:


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    It works.But it's limited alot by ones legs length and girth vs the width of uke.Although certain people won;t accept this limitation.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I voted Yes, but thats only because I'm not flexable to do it.


    :violent1:

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Upon reading more about the unique subs from it (as opposed to triangle etc setups) I think I might be wrong. I knew I should have abstained.

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    Not really gimmick. Just a strategy/method of using guard. Like closed, butterfly, etc. Just different terminology. I saw the same thing being done before Bravo ever started using it.

    If by 'gimmick' you think, a carefully marketed position in order to gain notoriety and name recognition in order to seperate yourself from the masses in no-gi work...you might also be correct.

    I guess it depends on your perspective. I voted no. Nothing new here, just a 'reinvention' of sorts to the popular no-gi grappling market.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    It's not a gimmick if it works for your body type and fighting style.

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    This is Eddie Bravo's claim to fame (aside from tapping Royler with a triangle), right? Any good books on it? After seeing Elvis (Schembri) use it in Pride I started fooling around with holding a foot up high on the top guy's back with my opposite hand and using my wrestling shoes to help maintain a grip.

    I've never been able to do anything with it (mostly because I suck), but there have to be some good no-gi applications for it besides trying to go for a variation of an omoplata.

    Does Eddie Bravo have instructional vids?

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I'ma say no soley because Skinny James can keep most people a leg's length away from him easy.

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