Popularized by the great Marcelo Garcia, the X-Guard is both a powerful and versatile guard that allows many attacking options.
Before learning any of the great sweeps and back-takes from this position, it’s wise to first figure out how to enter into the position, as well as how to maintain it effectively.
The videos below will take you through a basic entry into the X-Guard, the important control points when using it, as well as a simple sweep from there.
Control Points Within X-Guard
Entering into X-Guard
The Simple ‘Splay’ Sweep from X-Guard