An excerpt from BJJ Heroes:
|Peixotinho vs. Rickson (1984)|
Quickly this tight-knit association started making a dent in the Jiu Jitsu competitive scene. Peixotinho submitted the technical Sylvio Behring with an armbar from the guard (see video below), a technique developed by the group. Pascoal Duarte did the same with Royce Gracie and Sergio Penha became one of the toughest competitors the sport had seen in just 3 years of training, a record breaking time in the sport."
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I have made the closed guard one of the strongest aspects of my game. I'll be damned if I am THAT guy who is 6'4" 215 pounds and cannot play off his back. I cannot tell you the great influences I have had... Brian J. Johnson / Tim Cartmell / Rigan - Carlos - Roger - Jean Jacques Machado (ALL of the Machado's place a heavy emphasis on closed guard) / Damian Maia / David Meyer etc.
So check out this early video of Sylvio Behring being submitted by Peixotinho (peep the ref... some famous cat I can't remember the name of;), read about the history of the closed guard, and then hit the mat do brush up on that lazy guard game!