The Rubber Guard BJJ is one of the most technical guards in all of Jiu Jitsu. Though it is relatively new, it has one of the most unique evolutions in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
We’re going to tell you everything you need to know about 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu’s deadliest guard. From its origins, how Eddie Bravo created an entire system from this guard, and how to do it, let’s take a look at one of the most versatile and unique guards to be in – the rubber guard!
Who Created The Rubber Guard?
If you ask people, who created the Rubber Guard, the first person that will probably come to mind is Eddie Bravo. Although he may have innovated and named it, Eddie did not actually create it.
The person that started what would become the foundation of the Rubber Guard BJJ was Nino Schembri. Nino is a master of the omoplata and would mainly use open guard to set up his submissions.
One open guard technique that he like to use, he used to call shin control. This was basically an early version of Rubber Guard jiu jitsu. From there, Eddie took it to the next level to create the rubber guard system.
Eddie Bravo And The Creation Of Rubber Guard System
While Eddie Bravo didn’t initially create the Rubber Guard, he innovated and popularized the guard. As a student of Jean Jaques Machado, Eddie started working on the foundations of this guard in the mid 90s.
He would use his flexibility to his advantage to control his opponent’s in open guard and set up submissions. Predominantly the submission he is most known for that he calls the twister.
Bravo was able to prove the effectiveness of his guard at the 2003 ADCC Championship. There he would face most influential Gracies and arguably the greatest competitive grappler of all time - Royler Gracie.
Eddie used his Rubber Guard BJJ techniques he’s been developing, shocking the world by submitting Royler with a triangle choke. With this win he showed the effectiveness of the Rubber Guard.
Not soon after, Eddie opened up his own BJJ school 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. The Rubber Guard would be the foundation of his system. He continued evolving his game, adding different aspects of the Rubber Guard, while adding different setups from the guard.
After proving the guard’s effectiveness, Eddie has opened numerous 10th Planet Schools across the world. With the foundation of the school being The Rubber Guard.
Multiple high level combat sports athletes have learned Rubber Guard and implemented it into their guard. Athletes such as Shinya Aoki, Vinny Maghalaes, and former UFC champion Tony Ferguson all incorporate the Rubber Guard to their game.
Rubber Guard Position Names
Before we get into how to get into Rubber Guard, you need to know some info about the system. In Eddie’s system, he made up names for each position.
Names like Mission Control, Chill Dog, Zombie, and New York to name a few. You can write an entire article on each Rubber Guard position and only scratch the surface of his system.
So to avoid any confusion about the techniques we’ll only be detailing basic Rubber Guard techniques.
Watch this video to learn some of the most basic Rubber Guard positions.
How To Get Into The Rubber Guard?
You can’t just go into the Rubber Guard like a basic Jiu Jitsu guard, you have to set it up. Whichever variation of Rubber Guard you are trying to set up, you need to make a trap.
You need to get a deep overhook and underhook to set up your Rubber Guard. No opponent will give you this, so this is why you have to set a trap.
“Give them 5 yards to take 10 yards” – Eddie Bravo
One of the most used traps in the 10th Planet system is giving up a knee shield from bottom.
When you give up the knee shield and they take the bait this opens up you getting deep over and underhooks. To prevent them from passing you can do a lockdown grip on their leg, while you try for Rubber Guard.
To get full guard back, you take your underhook hand palm up and push the opponent’s knee. Eddie refers to this as the pimp hand.
Now you take off the lockdown and go to a figure four half guard that Eddie calls the super stomp. From here you get your bottom knee out and move your pimp hand to an underhook Eddie calls the catch.
For the last step throw your leg behind the opponent’s head, grab it, and bring it over their head. You’re now in a basic Rubber Guard called mission control and have various submission and sweep options open to do.
The Rubber Guard master himself breaks down how to get into Rubber Guard in this video. Watch Eddie’s breakdown below:
Omoplata From Rubber Guard
From New York, you have the opponent’s arm already on the mat, so an Omoplata is really simple. Push the side of the opponent’s head with your forearm to make space to bring your foot over their head.
Make sure to put your shin in front of their face and then swivel your hips out. Facing the same directions as your opponent you then drop the weight of your legs on their shoulder.
Then for the finish, sit-up and lean into your opponent to put pressure on their shoulder for the tap. This great breakdown from Evolve. See this technique in action.
Gogoplata From Rubber Guard
The Gogoplata from Rubber Guard is the exact same setup as the Omoplata. When you put your foot over the opponent’s head, they will sometimes make the mistake of turning their head inward.
If they do this, they go right into the Gogoplata. Place your shin under their chin and pull down on their head to lock in the choke.
Rubber Guard Hidden Triangle
There’s a sub called the hidden triangle from New York position that is really sneaky. In New York, you bait the opponent by grabbing your forearm and putting your foot on their hip.
Instinctively, they’ll go to get your foot off your hip thinking a submission is coming. Use your foot to push on their bicep to make space to triangle your legs together.
The pressure comes on quick, so they’ll be forced to submit.
As you can see, the Rubber Guard BJJ is a super versatile position to be in. Eddie Bravo and 10th Planet’s deadliest guard keeps your opponent’s posture broken and offers a wide variety of techniques for you to try. If you train in No-Gi, MMA, and even Gi, you should definitely consider adding the Rubber Guard BJJ to your game - especially if you’re flexible! If you can incorporate the rubber guard position, your game will be deadly!