Review by Andreh Anderson

 received Tinguinha's Cross Guard DVD a few weeks back and in traditional Andreh fashion I neglected to post a review until just now. I've got a million reasons (excuses), but I'll spare you.

O.k., first I have to, as clearly as possible, try to explain what the cross guard is. In a nutshell, it is anytime you take a cross grip on the sleeve with one hand, while using your other hand to control (in various ways) the leg closest to you. This position allows several attacks and sweeps, mostly centering around the constant threat of the omoplata.

On your first day of jiujitsu, you were probably told how important the use of your hips is, but it isnt REALLY clear what that means until you become somewhat advanced. After 8 years of training, I think I am just starting to really understand how to use my hips to maximize my leverage, whether from the top or the bottom.

The Cross Guard DVD goes a long way toward revealing how to use your hips to gain leverage for a sweep or to prevent a guard pass. I think this is the first DVD to really discuss the importance of keeping your hips off the mat. It is a small detail, but a crucial one.

Tinguinha's instruction is clear and the techniques follow a logical sequence that covers just about every possibility from the cross guard position.

Here is a list of the techniques:

1) getting the cross guard from the closed guard: I really liked the detail on this for getting leverage to set up your movements by trapping the guy as tightly to your body as possible. He shows you how to get into position even when the guy strongly bases or drops his head to take away any room you have to move your hips.

2) Getting cross guard when 1 leg is up: Here he shows a GREAT hip detail for when the guy lifts one leg and tries to drive it over your thigh.

3) Getting cross guard when oppt stands up: I have never seen this control before and am eager to try it. It looks really interesting.

4) Getting cross guard while dropping the leg: Oppt tries to drop the leg to pass. Here is how you defend it when he is standing.

5) Combining all controls: Here is a sequence that is performed as a drill. Really useful exercise.

6) Here he shows how to go to the cross guard when you are both on your feet. This is important if you are like me and have poor takedown skills. If you must pull guard, here is how to do it with optimum control.

7) Drills - Here are some drills that will help you get into position to sweep or attack fluidly. The best part is that he also shows you how to do the drills without a partner.

Cool Omoplata from the cross guard: As I said before, the threat of the omoplata is the foundation of this type of guard. Of course, anytime you are a threat to omoplata, you are also a threat to triangle (which is covered a bit later).

9) Leg over shoulder sweep: This is a key sweep to use against guys who suck their elbows in and move little by little while in a tight base. I hate rolling with guys like that because they dont give you much to work with. Easy enough to stop them, but hard to sweep. Im going to have to use this one next time.

10) Transition leg over shoulder sweep to omoplata. This is how to finish the omoplata ONCE you have swept the guy.

11) Leg over shoulder sweep fails, so you switch to omoplata.

12) Armbar from the cross guard. Excellent explanation.

13) Triangle from cross guard: This is another key component of this type of guard, as anyone who watches Pe de Pano's guard will tell you.

14) Sweep when opponent has 1 leg inside.

15) Here you feint a sweep and go to the omoplata.

16) Here he shows how to catch a kneebar from your open cross guard (opponent is standing).

17) Reverse helicopter sweep: This technique is extremely valuable any time you turtle and maintain sleeve control. Tinguinha does an excellent job explaining the mechanics.

1Cool Omoplata sweep: This is pretty standard stuff, but a must in the context of the rest of the video.

19) Rolling omoplata sweep: A variation of the above sweep.

20) Over shoulder sweep when opponent stands: Another bread and butter technique, but if you arent catching it a lot, this explanation will probably cure that problem.

21) Sweep directly into kneebar.

22) Sweep when opponent stands: Here he sweeps from the position I described in technique #3.

23) Armbar from closed cross guard.

24) Trapping the legs sweep to mount.

If sweeps are your weak point, you owe it to yourself to check this DVD out. This covers more sweeps than any other single DVD, and the explanations make them seem easy to incorporate directly into your game.

I LOVE to sweep, so this DVD was a huge pleasure to watch.

Tinguinha has a second section on the DVD that is devoted to preventing the spider guard PASSES. He covers 10 possible passes against your spider guard, and how to either recover your guard or use their pass to your advantage. I loved this section almost as much as I did the cross guard section because the spider guard is such a fundamental part of my game. There were several questions he answered that I had planned on asking in a private. He answered them well enough that I no longer need to.


Review by Budovideos- Blog

:The Cross Guard: Of Tinguinha’s three core guard DVDs (the third being more macro in scope), this is my personal favorite, but maybe that is because I love to use the cross grip guard. This is a guard that is built for gi sweeps and submissions and Tinguinha takes you through just about every possible variation and technique from the guard.
Also, many try to compare this DVD to Pe de Pano cross guard section from his instructional, but really I think the two really compliment each other more than anything. My view is that Pe de Pano, being the king of the cross guard, does a wonderful job of bringing the viewer to the inside of his competition strategy for using the cross grip. Tinguinha, on the on the other hand, once again provides a detailed survey of the position that really deals with the ins and outs of the position. Both are great and if you have them together, you have just about all that you need for this position.
Cons: As with all of these guard specific DVDs, if you do not like this guard, you probably won’t have any interest in viewing it, but there are some pearls in here for doubters. First of all, this is a competition oriented guard that everyone should have a firm understanding of just for the inevitable time you run into it. Also, Tinguinha has included his Countering the Spider Guard Pass section that is great for guard players who have to face the tough passers in class. The only other problem I see is that someone should have told Tinguinha and his partner not to wear the same colored gis, the blue on blue is not the best for viewing.
Favorite Moments: The drills in this set are probably some of my favorites to actually use as a warmup, but I really took a lot of value from how Tinguinha treats us to the basic cross grip to omoplata to cross grip sweep. He shows so many details and how he deals with different postures really has to be seen by everybody. Once again, this is a must have disc and it is a great compliment to the Pe de Pano set.


Review by Carl Fisher
The Cross Guard and Countering the Spider Guard Pass DVD

Following on from the success of the first DVD in the ultimate open guard series, Tinguinha, in association with Fightlife Production, offers his extensive knowledge of one of the latest open guard innovations in the world of BJJ.  Once again the DVD is split into two sections with the first section covering the cross guard and countering the spider guard pass makes up section two.

The Cross Guard- with Gustavo Machado assisting, Tinguinha shows how to get into position from closed guard and demonstrates a number of neat drills.  Omoplatas, sweeps and arm bars are all on the menu, as well as including the reverse helicopter sweep and fake sweeps into triangles and omoplatas.  Sweeps follow into knee bars and ankle sweeps and knee bars round off the first section of the DVD.

Counters to the Spider Guard pass – this section moves on from the first DVD and contains ten counters to the spider guard passes covered  from DVD 1; these include the driving the bus pass; hip lift pass; step on leg pass and others.  On each demonstration, Tinguinha shows how to retrieve spider guard and then progresses with some neat sweeps and submissions.

Verdict – with 34 techniques and 126 minutes long, it’s value for money all the way with some of the most innovative techniques on the market.  The only quibble is the sound and picture quality on the second section – background noise and editing can be a little off putting.  This minor point aside the DVD continues the open guard series in fine style.

4.5 out of 5 from the Fighting Photographer