Learning to Pass the Guard in BJJ can be a very difficult task to say the least. The frustration that ensues after several attempts at advancing to a superior position is immense! So, focus on your guard passing ability!
The option to attack off your back is what makes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu such a unique martial art and therefore, attacks from the Guard tend to be a bit emphasized at many BJJ schools. However, to be a well- rounded grappler and even better your understanding of Jiu Jitsu as a whole, you must drill a few solid guard passes relentlessly so that they become muscle memory.
A few articles ago, I wrote about what exactly “perfect side control,” is and how to improve your side control once you have passed the Guard (5 Tips for Perfect Side Control). However, remember that Perfect Side Control only exists once you have passed your opponents guard!
So, to make things a bit easier, here’s a video of my favorite guard pass from David Avellan. Alder Hampel has had us drilling a variation of this particular pass, in addition to a few others, all month long at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys and I feel that everyones passing game has gotten much better! In addition, people have gotten better at their sweeps, submissions, and guard recovery skills to counter all these improvements in our passing game!
Jason Scully is a renowned Black Belt in the JIu Jitsu community. He has released tons of extremely popular videos on YouTube giving out grappling drills, tips, techniques, and more! Here, he shows us 30 different “animal” type grappling drills you can do by yourself to work on your grappling game. I’ll definitely be working on some of these.
For those of you that are 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys students, you may recognize quite a few of these drills from our warm ups. Great drills that will really help you on the mats =)
In this video, from Submissions 101, we’re shown the basic Darce Choke.
The Darce Choke is a blood choke in Nogi grappling often hit from side control, turtle, or even the Half Guard position. This is an extremely effective choke for Nogi Competition, MMA, and Submission Wrestling.
I personally love this move and all of the attacks off of it (Ninja Choke, Guillotine, etc.).
This month at 10th Planet Van Nuys, we’ll be covering the Darce Choke, Anaconda Choke, Japanese Necktie, and plenty of other variations! Come down to 10th Planet Van Nuys and check out a class! See you on the mats! 😉
For those of you who follow my blog religiously, you know I love posting technique videos and one of my favorite sites and YouTube channels is Jason Scullys. Jasculs, as he seems to be referred as on the boards is a Black Belt in BJJ and an awesome instructor and he has posted some great stuff all over the internet about different techniques, concepts, etc. in BJJ.
I absolutely love his stuff and just wanted to share with my readers that I’ll be subscribing to his new Grapplers Guide within the next couple days. I have no affiliation to Jason Scully OR the Grapplers Guide, I just genuinely believe he offers an amazing product and can’t wait to sign up. If you want to know more, check him out at http://www.grapplersguide.com
The Back is arguably the most dominant position in grappling. The most obvious finish is the Rear Naked Choke (RNC). However, there is an Armbar that if done properly, can prevent your opponent from ever grasping their hands together to defend!