Leandro Lo’s Cross Choke From Knee Slice

This past weekend was a huge one for Leandro Lo. Lo competed at the 2017 European Open, deciding to compete in both the 94kg and absolute divisions. What would occur can only be called domination. Leandro took first place not only in the 94kg division, defeating Tanner Rice by armbar, but also took first place in the absolute division where he beat Claudio Calasans 4 points to 0. 2017 is starting off quite successful for the Cicero Costha black belt. Everyone knows Lo’s two destructive paths to his victories. Either he uses his world class spider guard to take out his opponents, or he uses his devastating passing style to overwhelm them. Let’s delve into a beautiful cross choke that he uses from the knee slice…

Leandro begins his knee slice pass in a standard manner. His right hand blocks his opponent’s hips, while his left hand blocks the far arm on the bicep. But perhaps his opponent is defending well, so he gains the cross face with his left arm and drops his hips to the floor to avoid being swept or re-guarded. Using his right hand, he frees the opponent’s lapel so that he can use it for the eventual choke. Lo then passes the lapel under his opponent’s back and transfers the grip to his left hand.

Now he switches his hips once more, and gets his knee to the ground, attempting to complete the knee slice. Lo then transfers the grip once more to his right hand. He will push his opponent’s top elbow into his chest and drop his weight down on it. To finish the choke, he pulls on lapel as he drops his weight and gets his opponent to tap out.

Leandro continues to prove that he is one of the world elite when it comes to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition. His masterful techniques can rarely be stopped and in the last couple years, he has really hit his stride on the big stage. With two huge championship title wins already acquired this year, the dominant streak of Leandro Lo looks to continue. If you want to learn his patented guard and guard passing style then you must check out…

The Lo Guard & Matrix Passing over at BJJ Fanatics. Click here!

Ridiculously Strong No Gi Guard Pass

No gi guard passing can be difficult at times. Unlike passing guard in the gi, there are a severe lack of handles. Collar, belt, and pant grips all disappear which makes guard passing seem futile at times. Once you get familiar with how to survive in and then pass guard, you will become a top notch passer. One no gi guard pass that is exceptionally strong is the double overhook pass. The double overhook pass gives its user an easy path to side control by using pressure, weight and overhooks to make the pass work. Check out this ridiculously strong no gi guard pass…

This is a pass that should start from the standing position. As your opponent is on his back, trying to play open guard, you need to gain control of his feet/ankles. Grab his ankles, and push them together. Once his feet are together, you need to go down to your knees, stuffing his feet underneath you, while you commit your weight down. now you will need to come down, with you arms on the the sides of your opponent, touching your elbows to your knees. While you do that, make sure you maintain your head right in the middle of his chest, to control posture.

To continue on, put your head to the side of your opponent’s trunk. Pick whatever side you feel most comfortable with. You will need to turn your arms over and get overhooks on both of your opponent’s legs. Grab one of your wrists, while you have those overhooks. Now put your weight on the shoulder that is free, and hop right on over to side control. Maintain the overhooks until you can put your close-side knee, under his legs, near his butt. Once you have that connection, get a top side connection and move into a tighter side control.

Passing should not be a fear. You should never be afraid to try and pass the guard. It is essential to a great BJJ game. Great black belts know how to do it, and if you want to reach the pinnacle of the art, you need to as well. Get yourself a good guard passing resource, so check out…

Precise Pressure Passing by Paul Schreiner. Click here!

Toe Hold From Ashi Garami

The toe hold is a great, and painful leg attack technique. While most of the time, it is most available from a leg reaping position, it actually is possible from the ashi garami position. When people think of ashi garami, everyone thinks of the straight foot lock first. It is the first leg lock almost everybody learns from there. Next the kneebar and estima lock are pretty popular. But often forgotten is the toe hold. The set up for the toe hold from ashi is an awesome one and can be a nice addition to your leg lock game. Here is how it goes…

Perhaps you used the ashi sweep (known also as a single leg x sweep). And now you’re opponent is down on the ground with you, with you having the ashi garami position on him. Use your inside hand to cup his knee and turn it inward. Then instead of encircling his ankle for the straight foot lock, you can use your outside hand to grab your opponent’s foot up by the toe knuckles. You must grab up high by the toe knuckles so that your opponent won’t be able to easily kick his foot away. After you grab the foot, use your hand to push his foot towards his butt.  This will create a noticeable bend in his leg.

Once you have that firm control, use your outside arm for base. Get up on your elbow, sit up and use your outside arm to get a figure four grab on your wrist, connecting the classic toe hold grip. You’re almost done at this point. All you need to do is push the foot towards his butt and lean your top shoulder back. This will result in a tap from your opponent and some serious pain as well.

This is a awesome technique. It is something I use all the time when I get to ashi, and my opponent is already thinking about defending the straight foot lock. It will surprise many competitors! While it is a BJJ technique, this is a leg attack that was big in the old Shoot Wrestling days back in Japan during the 80’s and 90’s. This toe hold is what I would call a classic. If leg attacks are an area that you want to research and get better at, then you must check out…

Leg Attacks & Grappling Hacks by Dean Lister. Click here to see!


Turtle Escape To Closed Guard

Being stuck in the turtle position can be a very dangerous game. If you get stuck there, your opponent has many avenues of attack. Your opponent can work for crucifix. He can hit the truck. And if you’re competing in the gi, then he can hit some nasty collar chokes such as the clock choke. Unfortunately, not enough people spend time training to escape the turtle. As Jiu Jitsu competitors, we have to spend time training every position, even if you don’t believe that you’ll get there. It is a foolish thought. So, one of the easiest ways to escape the turtle is to get back to closed guard. Let’s check the easiest turtle escape that you can do.

Perhaps there was a scramble, and you ended up on your elbows and knees, commonly known as the turtle position. Your opponent  is controlling you from an angle off the back. He is probably looking to attack the back in some way. The first important step is to use your inside leg wisely. With your inside leg, kick your leg through and then step behind your opponent with it. Your inside leg will act as your first piece of base. With your outside arm, you will need to post on it which will act as another piece of your base.

Next, you will use your inside arm to block your opponent’s knee. If he has gi pants on, feel free to grab the pants by the knee. Either way, you need to have it blocked. Now you can raise your hip up, and slide your outside leg through. You will be sitting guard. Use your inside arm to grab the opponent’s tricep (similar to an arm drag) and pull him down into your closed guard. You’re out of danger, and you’ll be ready to use one of the many techniques from closed guard.

The turtle is quite the underrated position. I feel that it is neglected because it is a situational position. But just because it is situational, does not mean it is not worth getting the experience from it. Train the defenses and attacks from it, because it can become a favorable position. Guys like Baret Yoshida and Garry Tonon often play from there and have great success. If you want to research the ins and outs of the turtle position, then check out…

Attacking & Defending The Turtle by Travis Stevens. Click here!

Closed Guard Kimura Trap

The kimura trap is a popular way of attacking these days. While it is usually done from the half guard or knee shield position, it is also available from the good ole closed guard. While it does not use the leg over the shoulder as the half guard version, it is an awesome way of attacking with a kimura, and using the technique to get to your opponent’s back. Anyone in BJJ knows that the back is one of the best positions you can get. It allows for a variety of powerful attacks, while all your opponent can do is try to escape. So keep reading to see how you can use the closed guard kimura trap to take the back and finish the fight!

You are playing closed guard, with your opponent inside of your guard. Just like any kimura, you need to move your hips to the side and sit up. Once you sit up, you need to lock up a kimura grip (figure four style) on the opponent’s wrist. While you’re attacking with the shoulder lock, your opponent realizes what is happening and brings his arm tight to his chest so he can defend and escape. While your grip will be solid, you will not have the correct arm positioning to finish it. This is where you’ll use the kimura trap.

You will keep control of the opponent’s wrist with your hand that is reaching over the shoulder. You will use your other arm to post up on. While posting, you will need to swing your hips to the side of the arm you’re attacking. While you swing your hips, you still must control the wrist, so don’t let go! Now you can reach over with your free arm to control the opponent’s far side and go chest-to-back to gain control of the back. Once on the back, go to your favorite. Rear naked choke, armbar, and some great collar chokes (if you do it in gi) are now available.

The closed guard is such an excellent place to fight the fight. While there are plenty of fun open guards and new school guards, you should always be able to go back to the closed guard and be successful. The amount of attacks from this old school position will give you the path to victory! If you feel like your guard needs some work, then you can pick up this awesome DVD…

The Closed Guard four DVD set. Click here!