Grappling techniques have existed in martial arts since time immemorial, and with the rise of modern grappling arts such as Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, the concept of the “guard” has been introduced. The term refers to the situation where one is on his or her back with the opponent attempting to mount them. Such a situation puts any martial artist at a significant disadvantage, given that the opponent not only has greater mobility in this situation, but also has gravity on their side, allowing them to shower their enemy with strikes at their leisure. The defender, on the other land, has fewer options available to him or her from their position, and their mobility is severely limited. In this case, grappling techniques enter the equation, and this is where the guard is at its greatest effectiveness. By wrapping both legs around the attacker, the defender restricts their opponents previously unlimited mobility, with the added benefit of cutting off the attacker’s lower hemisphere while having their own fully available. From this position, the defender is now free to apply a wide range of chokes and joint locks to their enemy, and the guard becomes an even deadlier place for the attacker to find themselves in if you have knowledge of pressure points or animal fighting arts.
At least, that’s how the guard and other grappling techniques like it are sold to unsuspecting students who don’t know any better. Fortunately, Master Ken, founder of the world’s deadliest martial art Ameri-Do-Te, does know better. As the most lethal martial artist to ever walk the face of the Earth, and the only 11th degree black belt in history, Master Ken has a far better perspective on effective combat techniques than any man to ever live, and he sees the countless flaws in the guard technique for what they are. His unique perspective on fighting stems from the fact that Ameri-Do-Te is composed of a collection of the most effective techniques of every martial art ever devised, while eschewing the ineffective fluff that makes up the bulk of them. This approach to the art of fighting is where the catchphrase popular among Ameri-Do-Te practitioners “Best of All, Worst of None” originates. As he has done with countless flawed martial arts techniques, helping approximately billions of people as a result, Master Ken has the solution to the problems found within the guard technique. Fighters who specialize in grappling would be advised to pay close attention!