I dunno, the biggest problem that I have with the RG is that I see too many guys trying to use it too early in their training career. If you’re training at 10th planet that’s one thing, but picking up eddies book and then showing up to class using the RG as your go to guard is a little ridiculous for a beginner because it is way too easy to pass and causes them to ignore the basics of guard (which btw, Eddie had down pat long before he went to the RG…further that fucker loves to bring up tapping Royler, but he wasn’t using no RG when he did it.)
I was guilty of the same thing I outlined above, but not to the extent that I stopped playing close guard, I’d just throw up the RG once in awhile when the position warranted it (guy was stalling, head down, arm out.) But Eddie has done a few seminars over here which I’ve attended and started to incorporate more of his ideas into my no gi game which has improved my game off my back a bit.[/quote]
Yeh we’ve had newbies, turn up fresh from reading RG instructionals trying it and forgetting the details that make it harder to break. Thing is most beginners panic in Conventional guard, the get hit, forget sweeps and find it to hard to sub someone with good posture who is raining hands, so RG to them looks like a great way to control the opponent.