Posted by The_Ho_Bag
the funny thing was that the kid i vsed trained with llyod Irving, and no i got no points for take downs and i was pissed b/c he did it 3 times
Just to clarify--would you have received points if you would have followed him to the mat, or was there no way of doing so?
If you could have gotten takedown points, I would have suggested following him down being very conscious of your posture (b/c he obviously specializes in guard work). Go down to your knees, not your stomach, and jam your hands into his hips. You're up on points then and he doesn't have a sub opportunity unless he breaks your posture. Depending on the scoring and how strong his guard feels you might choose to stand back up (although that can be penalized in some tourneys), work for a pass or play it safe (yuck) and win the 2-0 match.
If there is no chance for points unless you take him down clearing guard that, well, it sucks IMO.. I'd almost say look for another tournament, but it is what it is. The poster above suggested what would be best, but a guy who does this all the time is anticipating that and you're going to get stuck in his guard 9 times out of 10. There is a whole game for passing a guy's guard when you're standing, and it has too many intricacies and requires too much practice to describe in a post. You've probably played that game before and you'll have to just practice it more if you enter tournaments with that type of rule set. I like to try to control the ankles--sometimes crossing them over and flinging them to the side or pulling one leg straight and stepping over it to pinch into half guard...but there are really too many variations and adjustments to make anything sure-fire.