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Counter the Over Under Pass Head Push
A Great Technique To Stop The Head Push To Finish The Pass!
Perhaps, one of the greatest pressure-based passes in BJJ, the over under pass is a dynamic guard pass that can be used in a variety of ways. It firmly secures the hips in a way that’s unlike any other passing concept. Gi or no gi the over under gets the job done when the right mechanics are in place, and the passer has gravity on their side, making it quite a bit of work for the bottom person to thwart the pass.
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Though the over under is a highly successful way to pass it does have a few enemies. One of these foes is the head push. By redirecting the the head, the person on the bottom can completely unravel the passing attempt, putting the passer on a different path that does not support the completion of the pass. The head push may be the most common way to stave off the over under, but there are ways to deal with it, so you can continue on and make the pass stick.
In this video Bernardo Faria shows us how he chooses to deal with the head push. Have a look.
One thing to note here is that if you bury your head properly to the far side of the body, it should be extremely difficult for your opponent to dig it out and use the head push. Be sure to keep this in mind when you’re practicing the pass. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure.
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The idea here is simple. As Faria sets up for his over under, his partner begins to redirect his head. Faria simply answers with some redirection of his own, and guides his head back to where it needs to be by changing the angle. Major light bulb. If you’ve struggled from here before this is an easy fix. Just change your angle and stay the course. Hope this helps!