Running Georges and Gordon through their / drills: this always – there are ten thousand skills from guard – all of them can be effective in their own way – BUT NONE OF THEM WILL BE EFFECTIVE IF YOU CANNOT EXHIBIT THE AND MOST IMPORTANT SKILL OF ALL GUARD PLAY – THE ABILITY TO HOLD/RETAIN GUARD LONG ENOUGH TO BE EFFECTIVE. Make retention your first skill in building your guard and you will create a firm foundation upon which you can build the kind of devastating attacking guard game you see my students employ and which you can learn. may not be the most exciting guard skill to learn, but it’s the most important because it’s the that all the other other skills of depend upon.