Craig Jones shocked the world at the 2017 ADCC Grappling Championship. Craig submitted superstars Leandro Lo and Murillo Santana back to back in a performance that will be remembered for years to come.
Recently he had a barn-burner with Danaher Death Squad Member Gordon Ryan at EBI Absolute. A few months after that he won the Polaris Middleweight Title by submitting the hard-nosed veteran Jake Shields (also on Danaher’s Squad) using a heel-hook from his famous Z Guard.
The kid is on a roll!
Craig’s Story is Reminiscent of Rocky Balboa – It’s Unbelievable
Just 2 years ago, Craig’s training environment was like something out of a Rocky movie. He was training in a garage as a purple belt with beginner level guys.
Craig’s humble beginnings incubated the innovation of the Z Guard.
Like a scientist in a lab, day after day, Craig began to develop his game.
The Z Guard didn’t happen overnight.
Craig first developed a stellar closed guard. Like many people in Jiu Jitsu before him, he wanted a strong foundation. Over time he found it to be increasingly difficult to get good people into his closed guard. As his status grew and as the competition got better, his opponents were avoiding his closed guard like the plague.
Craig eventually found entering the Z Guard much easier than entering the closed guard. At first he used the Z guard as a segway into his closed guard.
So What’s Inside?
-Learn how to bait your opponent’s weak side so you can settle into your strong side Z Guard (common strong side). This is a simple technique that will really expand your brain when it comes to initiating your guard. This set-up will work for the Z Guard and you will find it very useful to bait your opponent to whichever side you wish them to go for other guards you may already play.
-Craig reveals his patented triangle choke that he used to win over 100 competition matches. The way Craig sets this up is really simple. There are just two minor details that really turn this technique on its head and make it ten times easier than the way it’s normally taught. Even if your opponent knows this is coming, they will still get caught because they will react the correct way they are supposed to—not knowing it’s actually a trap!
-Defending the weave pass can be a big issue when someone heavy and strong is smashing down on your legs. You often have to push them off with your arms and try and get your hips out frantically. Now you don’t have to worry about doing all this. Craig has a simple method that will put the pressure on your opponent and allow you to not only nullify their pass attempt but put them in danger. This technique alone makes this whole series worth it because you will have that much more confidence in your Z Guard knowing that even when a person is deep they still can’t pass, and you can now attack. It’s a win-win!
-Plus much more….
-Discover details for transitioning to an effective Reverse De La Riva Guard from the Z Guard. Craig demonstrates how the Z Guard has become a universal guard that anyone of any level can play. Craig shows how easy it is to transition and the key detail to holding your opponent in the Reverse De La Riva position from the Z Guard. It’ll become crystal clear how to get under your opponent, block their far leg and take their back. Basically you get a mini-course within a course.
-Craig shows a series of sweeps that will put you into a superior position on top. There is one detail here in how Craig uses his knee that is also in many of his matches that you will likely miss if you do not watch this series (he breaks it down for you step-by-step). The detail and positioning are purposeful and really make a difference when you come up to begin playing on top.
-One of the most challenging and feared guard passes is now easy to stop. Learn how to stop the knee slide and turn it to your advantage with simple foot-position details that virtually no one else is teaching or talking about.
-Plus much more…
-Learn why using an under hook coupled with the correct hand positioning in De La Riva Guard is crucial in No Gi. Craig helps you understand how the Z Guard has layers to it and how you can use it to transition through other guards. You can go toward De La Riva and back to Z. Understanding which type of guard to play and why is crucial to not only survival—but attacking. You won’t be confused at all when watching it. In fact, Craig explains these principles thoroughly so even a kindergartner can learn it.
-Discover the secret to finishing the under-hook De La Riva to the X Guard sweep. Craig also shows a slick heel-hook alternative from the exact same set up. These are “must use” details in order to use this position against higher belts.
-Learn how to avoid the leg-drag and secure the heel hook from the Under-hook De La Riva. Then learn IBJJF legal sweeps from the exact same position.
-Plus much more…