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Butterfly Guard Passing With 11x World Champ Fabiano Scherner

Butterfly Guard Passing With 11x World Champ Fabiano Scherner

Butterfly Guard Pass by Fabiano Scherner

The butterfly guard is one of the most common guards in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Sometimes known as the “hooks guard,” the butterfly guard is one of the most traditional forms of open guard playing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is considered a classic. You usually butterfly “hooks” to control your opponent and weaken their base when they are fighting from the top position. Typically this involves hooking behind the thighs and having dynamic and very active hips. The butterfly guard is one of those easy to learn hard to master positions. With learning the butterfly guard comes learning how to pass it. Passing the butterfly guard can be just as hard to master at the butterfly guard itself.

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We are going to explore a highly effective butterfly guard pass from Fabiano Scherner. Fabiano Scherner is a German Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt. He has fought in Cage Rage, IFL and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Scherner is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor who won multiple championships on an international and world stage in senior and master divisions. Fabiano is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Murilo Bustamante and “Bebeo” Duarte and a former mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, having competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Cage Rage. The list of Fabiano’s accolades is long, with important titles including World No Gi Champion, International Masters and Seniors Champion, Pan American Champion, Brazilian National Champion, American National Champion, American National No Gi Champion, World No Gi Championship 2nd Place, and Pan American Championship 3rd Place.

Today Fabiano Scherner shows a nice butterfly guard pass. Watch the video below of Fabiano demonstrating his butterfly guard pass and then we will break down his technique. Check it out now!

The butterfly guard is a very dangerous place to be for the player on top. Typically you will see a good butterfly guard use their hooks and grip to bump the player forward, causing them to post with their arms on the mat. It is also often times difficult to secure any under hooks when the butterfly guard player knows how to stay connected tight to the body. In the case where your training partner is able to pull you forward into his butterfly guard, you want to post wide with your hands on the mat and keep your legs tight together. This will make it much harder for the butterfly guard player to sweep you. While your training partner is struggling to sweep you to one side or the other you can use his momentum to get him up on his side and secure a whizzer, allowing you to pass the butterfly hooks by compressing the legs together.

Pay attention to the hip movement Fabiano Scherner uses to off balance his opponent, and pass the butterfly hooks. Once you are in the air, you want do use this same type of movement. It will cause your training partner’s hooks to collapse, rendering their butterfly guard completely ineffective. I think that is the most important detail of this technique. The second most important detail is posting wide on the mats on your hands. This will be a lot harder if you try it with your elbows, so make sure you get up to your hands.

Anyways, as you can tell this is a really effective butterfly guard pass. This pass is great for everyone to learn. It is not like you have to be a super athletic person to pull it off. Take Fabiano for example, he is your average older grappler but he can still hit this technique all the time. So give it a try the next time you are up against a good guard player. I hope it helps. Thank you Fabiano Scherner for demonstrating your butterfly guard pass for us today!

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