Beyond just learning to sweep and submit your opponents, you may wish to develop an impassable guard. An impassable guard will lead you to having more opportunities to attack. It's THE BEST way to frustrate your opponents and get them to tire themselves out. Tommy Langaker is known for utilizing his impassable guard against major opponents such as Ronaldo Junior.
Who is Tommy Langaker, and what is so special about him?
Tommy Langaker was born on February 8th, 1994, in Norway. With his commitment and devotion to jiu jitsu, Tommy Langaker has developed a phenomenal reputation as a black belt competitor. He not only conquered events like the Abu Dhabi Pro, the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, and the IBJJF European Open, but also is well-known for his precise back attack and offensive open guard play.
He earned his black belt under Jose Carlos after training with top-level black belts like the Mendes brothers. Throughout his dedicated journey through jiu jitsu, he has developed an unstoppable sequence of crab-ride and guard retention that has increased his reputation as a world-class competitor.
How can I be like him?
Part of Tommy Langaker's recipe to success is his ability to combine guards. Combinations of guards such as the key master, collar sleeve, and quarter guard transition to a never-ending nightmare of guard attacks. And trust me, it will easily irritate your training partners and opponents when they can’t get to the position they are fighting for.
This ability to transition to attacks is another key ingredient in Langaker's success on the mats. When you've chained movement sequences to allow you to bide your time for the right moment to attack, winning is only a matter of time. And the timing is totally up to you. In his Jiu Jitsu X course - Enter the Matirx - Tommy Langaker shares his bread and butter sequence that will take you to back-take, sweeps, and submissions.
What is the Matrix?
The Matrix is a technique used by Tommy Langaker and Espen Mathieson, some of jiu jitsu’s best competitors. The method uses your leg to chop down on your opponent’s leg to make it weak, "therefore susceptible to offensive movements. In his course, you can learn to Enter the Matrix through these well-known positions: In his course, you can learn to Enter the Matrix through these well-known positions:
Single leg X guard
Counters to back-step passes
What will I learn from Tommy’s course?
There is everything you need to build a perfect guard. That being said, his current course focuses primarily on:
Various entries to the Matrix.
Back take drills.
Submissions from the Matrix.
How to counter the Matrix for yourself.
How to counter twister hooks, bolos, and so much more.
Still not sure learning from Tommy will help?
Tommy’s Jiu Jitsu X course “Enter the Matrix” is consistently one of Jiu Jitsu X's best selling and best reviewed courses because it's accessible to a wide range of practitioners and it works. One student of the several hundred who are currently taking the course wrote:
“Was waiting for Tommy's instructionals! All of the lessons were very useful for me since I started using Collar&Sleeve with Key Master and was searching for some good instructional about those types of guard. Thank you, Tommy! Now it's time to drill it.”
There are also 3 free videos available for every single course, including Enter the Matrix! Just click on the link here to access them and start stepping up your jiu jitsu game!