Rigan Machado once told me that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is 90% playing guard and conversely trying to pass guard. "If you do not have a solid guard game, and if you do not know how to pass, how do you ever expect to progress in BJJ?"
Those words from that man struck a chord early on in my BJJ journey. I made it a goal as a white belt NOT to be one of those heavyweights that can't play guard to save his ass! And so for the past 7 years I have dedicated my game to be heavily supported by a solid open and closed guard.
These videos illustrate perfectly what Rigan was referring to so many years ago, and it is demonstrated by two of the best in the world.... Leo Lo fighting Rodolfo Vieira at yesterdays Copa Podio in Brazil: