If you have been a jiu jitsu practitioner for a while, you must have heard of “Levi Jones” at least once. He is the black belt frequently competing in IBJJF with fancy blue hair making his way to the top and backtake positions, relentlessly utilizing his guard mechanism. Levi, also known as “Xanadu,” was born on March 13, 1997. With his broad experience in competitive sports such as sprint and soccer, he transitioned to training MMA and jiu jitsu at 15. In an attempt to become a world jiu jitsu champion, Levi trained out of Cobrinha academy and eventually became a part of Unity Jiu jitsu and ended up receiving his blackbelt under Murilo Santana on June 2018. Out of so many achievements he has made as an avid competitor, he has won IBJJF European Open (2019) and Pans Championship (2019) as a blackbelt. And IBJJF World Championship (2018) and Pans Championship(2018) as a brown belt.
What is Xanadu guard?
Xanadu Guard is Levi’s all-time bread and butter position. Out of the numerous specialties Levi has, berimbolo has been his most potent weapon used to climb through the ranks. The Xanadu guard came to fruition when Levi noticed his opponents kept their hips back when attempting to go under them. With the help of his professor and teammates, the Xanadu guard came to life as a system that can be used in conjunction with the berimbolo game to attack. The Xanadu guard is some ultimatum guard you can learn from Levi, who designed it to take back and continuously submits your opponents.
Top VS Bottom, which position do you prefer to be playing?
Playing the top position as a passer tends to be overestimated. Sure, you can apply lots of pressure and attempt different passing styles… But how comfortable are you off of your back? Good jiu jitsu does not mean simply having good pressure or agility and speed to pass. It means you should have a game that can be ready for any moment under any circumstances. And this is why having a well-structured guard game is so important. Aside from using strength and speed, developing your unique style is one of the best parts of jiu jitsu. And Levi is one of the best guard players in the world.
What can we learn from Levi’s course?
Levi’s latest course, “Xanadu Guard,” is the ultimate textbook with every detail you need to know about playing guard. Starting from guard retention techniques that specifically lays out the guard mechanism with “pulling” and “framing,” you will get a depth of understanding of how to utilize your guard properly. The course also includes ways to counter common passings such as bullfighter pass and Knee cut pass. Can you imagine how frustrated your training partners will be when they can no longer barge through your guard as they always do? Especially if you are a massive fan of De La Riva guard, berimbolo and inverting, this course is the MUST for you as that is one of Levi’s specialties. And his attempt to share his broad knowledge of berimbolo and Xanadu guard shines throughout the course, especially with troubleshooting. Based on numerous tournaments Levi has competed in, he has exact answers to any and every circumstance. Opponents’ strong posture, defensive turtle, stepping overhead or jumping to the other side, etc..… All these are the common reactions that your opponents will give you to shut down berimbolo and Xanadu guard attacks. With Levi’s sightful information, it is only a matter of time before you develop a bulletproof guard.
One of many things Levi's course, "Xanadu Guard," has to offer is submission. You will obtain all the tips and tricks to finish strong with Tarikoplata, rolling Omoplata, and so many more from Xanadu Guard and the crucifix position.
If you are looking to become the ultimate guard player with an impassable guard, Levi’s Xanadu Guard course will be more than enough to make your training partners fear your guard game.
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