Guard Passing

The curious case of Samson Hayilu! How come my blog is all over the place? How come now I am  writing about so many different martial arts? Ok I admit it I am  a martial arts whore, I love it all from the traditional to the contemporary styles, even MMA. Mostly my evolution as a martial artist has lead me to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, my new girl friend!  So I am just going to be using this blog to get stuff on my mind, to think, and try to understand whatever it is I am thinking I am studying. Don’t take my writing as dogma; my thoughts, my ideas are always changing from one day to another. In addition I am just a white belt so I just might be flat out just wrong…it happens but yea. So  here we go.

Lately I have been focusing on my guard passing. Watching a lot of people  at my gym, online, on instructional etc I have came to the conclusion that there is just way to many freaking guard passes. Even looking at the basic various guard passes such as toreando or cut through passes it seems that everybody has their own variation on how to do it. What I have been trying to do is understand why they are doing what they are doing. Why person x has one grip and person why has another for the same pass. The underlying principles of what is happening, what I am trying to accomplish and my opponent trying to defend.

One of the conclusions I have came to is trying to chain certain passes together and maintaining the same grip for those chained passes. I feel that in doing this it allows me to stay one step ahead of the guarder, giving me the allusion that I am actually faster than I really am by knowing his possible reactions and already having a game plane based on his reactions. Here are  a couple of videos that show this in action.

http://www.graciemag.com/2013/07/gui-mendes-breaks-down-a-grip-that-makes-a-knee-slice-long-step-leg-drag-possible/

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5 Responses to “Guard Passing”

  1. playfulaikido Says:

    What has been working for me best, is when in the guard chilling out, staying close, having the opponent trying to get under my arms, then popping up, getting away and then getting the smash pass/lasso pass. Other times I pass off of failed submission attempts (triangle, arm bar). I seem to never pass when I just try to pop up and try to pass, this is when they get me.

  2. www.tablettegraphique123.net Says:

    Hello, just wanted to mention, I liked this article.
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  3. playfulaikido Says:

    We just practiced guard passing last Sunday. Here is Sundar’s take on it (the same as Saulo’s considering he has trained a lot with him). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh-HTlOrE0k

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