View Poll Results: Top or Bottom?

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  • No one can break my guard of steel!

    9 42.86%
  • No guy gets to wrap his legs around my waist and go unpunished.

    12 57.14%
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  1. #11
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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    On bottom you are the one that's in control.
    -I disagree. It's a nuetral position imo.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    OOPS forgot the disclaimer

    * note, I'm a white belt and don't know what the the **** I'm talking about

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I used to prefer top, because my passing and leglock game was much better than my sub and sweep games from bottom. I've been working my guard a lot lately to make up for that deficiency, though, to the point that my last few tournament wins have all come from bottom subs. I'm starting to lean towards preferring the bottom now.

    Ultimately, in grappling it depends on who is better at their respective games. One isn't better than the other in an absolute sense the way guard is better than the bottom of mount.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I'm pretty ambivalent. Since I am a pretty big guy, I am happiest when I am working my top (dominant) game, but guard is alright. I'd prefer not to be in someone's guard, but I can play from there too. So my answer is "meh."

    Ask Gumby. He loves him some guard.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I prefer top, and always have. My body's actually more configured for it, in the sense that my hips are turned slightly inwards, thus making my knees able to get to all sorts of crazy angles in order to pass.

    However, I've been solidly working my guard game for the past two and a half years. I'd be hard pressed to remember a training session where I haven't pulled my guard. But it's taken me that long to get my guard to a similar level of competence as my passing is.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Quote Originally Posted by MEGALEF
    Bottom, because my closed guard is nearly unbreakable
    I can attest to the truth of this statement. However when I come back from america my already sizable (by european standards) beer gut will no doubt have reached such proportions that you will be forced to work on your open guard, due to the inadequate length of your legs relative to my girth.
    I pointed at him [the panhandler], bringing my rear hand up in a subtle approximation of the double Wu Sau guard that is the default hand position in Wing Chun Kung Fu.

    "Step away," I hissed.
    -Phil Elmore

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I rather be on the bottom

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    For anyone who has posted a preference for working a bottom game, would your answer change if you were doing MMA?

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    Well, I prefer top. Especially when strikes are involved.

    Because my judo club is full of judoka who are 6'2", 210lbs (and up) brown belts and me being a lowly 5'6" 180lbs orange belt, I never have a chance to develop my guard game. Seems like they have good control of me when i use a closed guard, and an open guard is too hard to maintain.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    IMO:

    open guard-neutral position... a sweep would give the bottom guy mount, a pass would give it to the top guy.

    closed guard- advantage bottom guy, but not by much. he can move his legs up for a triangle or what not, but at some point he has to open his guard at least slightly. but while its closed, the top guy doesn't have a lot of options. (note that if you can strike, the top guy's got an advantage. but thats not what you were talking about.)

    another note:
    i suck at everything, do not heed my advice.

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