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3 Guard Passes For The Gi That You Should Know

3 Guard Passes For The Gi That You Should Know


If You Can't Pass The Guard Then You'll Always Be Stuck! Learn These 3 Guard Passes And Level Up Your Game...

In the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, there is a seemingly endless amount of ways to pass the guard. Passing a player’s guard really comes down to personal preference. Do you like to smash pass? Or are you more agile and able to acrobatically move around the body? No matter what your preferences are, an efficient pass is a beautiful pass. The more time you spend studying BJJ and grappling and general you start to notice a trend: everyone has a different style, or a different approach to their passing methodology. What works for you might not work for someone else, but that does not mean you shouldn’t be playing around with new ideas. The more tricks you have in your arsenal, the better you will do, especially when faced with a tough guard player.

The Greatest Passer In BJJ History Reveals His Complete System For Destroying The Best Guards In The World And Why He Hasn’t Lost A Match At Worlds in 6 Years!


Today we are going to look at a nice variety of guard passes for the gi. There are three main types of guard you will face: closed guard, half guard, and open guard, so let’s check out one for each. Are you ready? Then let’s get to work!

#1: Closed Guard - Knee in the Middle Guard Opener

Fabiano has just released a great new instructional series called “The No Gi Road Map For Masters Competitors” available exclusively on! This instructional series is full of great advice for anyone looking to compete at Masters level, or just anyone in general looking for a very basic and effective approach to Brazilian Jiu jitsu. That is the beauty of Fabiano Scherner’s game, his concepts are so simple they just work. Let’s see how Fabiano opens the closed guard. Check out the video below and then we will break down the technique.

When playing closed guard top, Fabiano likes to first control his opponent’s arms by pushing them into the mats at the biceps. This type of control allows for him to scoot his knee underneath his opponent’s butt and then readjust his base. Fabiano steps up with his outside leg and then stands fully into a tripod base. Normally this is not enough to break the guard though so Fabiano shows how to do that. Your leg should still be a wedge in your opponent’s guard. Fabiano steps back with his outside foot. His inside knee is now slicing down the middle of his opponent’s guard in order to pry it open. As Fabiano sits, his back forces the guard open. His knee is now completely in between his opponent’s legs and he is set up for an easy pass.

#2: Two Ways To Pass The Half Guard From Kayla Harrison

Kayla Harrison is a former judoka from the United States. She currently competes in mixed martial arts in the light weight division. Kayla won the 2010 World Championships. Kayla made history at the 2012 Olympics in London by winning the first Gold Medal by any American (man or woman) in the history of the sport of judo. She also took gold at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games. In the video below Kayla demonstrates two passes that every BJJ player should have in their arsenal. Watch the video below and then we will discuss her technique. Check it out now!

The most common way for your opponent to defend a pass from half guard is to scissor his legs. From here you need to come up, bring your arm under his, posting on the mat. Put your shoulder into your training partners chin, causing his head to turn and apply pressure. Your head goes on the mat and as you post your legs come up putting your hips in the air, always keeping on your toes. You want your knee to be past your opponent’s groin. Once your knee is past, take a giant step and knee down hard, freeing your leg. Sometimes your training partner double locks your leg instead of simply scissoring. When your opponent wraps twice you will not be able to get your knee past his groin, so you have to go to another move. If he has the double lace, take your arm out, bring it around his head, put your elbow on the side of his ear and high leg over. From here come up and under to tie up the hand or simply grab inside and apply pressure. Now with the arm secure you want to grab your opponent’s gi above the knee, kick with your bottom leg and pull with your hand to open up his guard, finishing in side control.

#3: Butterfly Guard Pass by Justin Hill

Justin Hill is a brown belt under Marcelo Garcia. In the video below Justin shows one of his favorite ways to pass the butterfly guard – a technique he learned straight from Marcelo. With this technique you can pass the guard and end up in straight side control, as opposed to 50 / 50. Watch the video below of Justin Hill demonstrating his favorite butterfly guard pass. Check it out now!

They key to this technique is securing the under hook. Often times Marcelo shoots for the under hook and starts fighting from top side control. Justin does the same thing except when he shoots for the under hook he passes the leg ending in side control. At the same time Justin goes for the under hook he also pushes the knee down to get around his leg. His shoulder and elbow come right to his opponent’s shoulder and elbow which allows him to easily switch to side control. What is great about this technique is that you can try it at any time without risking much. At worst, you will get stuck in your opponent’s half guard, where you can continue to fight from there. Even if you land in half guard your opponent is in trouble.

As you can tell, there is an endless amount of ways to pass the guard. If you want some more great techniques for all sorts of guard passes then check out The Science of Guard Passing by Lucas Lepri, available exclusively on


Lucas Lepri’s Guard Passing Science Will Teach You How To Diagnose & Dismantle Any Guard In Your Gym Or In Local Competition – He Regularly Makes The Very Best Competitors On Earth Look Like White Belts

Passing the guard is a very easy concept when you break it down: you can go over, under or around the person’s legs.  Lucas has taken that concept to a science like no one else in history. His one buzzword in every pass: Precision!



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