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Countering the Double Underpass with a Triangle

Countering the Double Underpass with a Triangle


 Using attacks to counter passes

The double underpass is an effective and popular tool to pass the guard. The main characteristic of the pass that makes it so successful is that with the proper grips, your opponent’s legs are unable to pummel to the inside to secure a guard. The pass is typically achieved by wrapping both arms around your opponent’s legs from under the hips and either grabbing the leg or gripping the hip area on the pants. To make this pass successful, however, the passer has to prop the legs of the guard player onto their shoulders. If you have ever found your guard being passed this way, you’ll notice that it is very difficult to recover your guard.

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The most popular and effective defense to the double underpass includes this fundamental movement: spreading your legs so that the back of your knees rest heavily on your opponent’s elbows instead of shoulders and begin to hip escape away from your opponent to pummel your legs onto the inside of the passer’s arms or shoulders. This technique will help your recover your guard to either the open or closed form.


In reexamining the nature of the pass, it becomes obvious that if you can find a way to force one of the passer’s arms in between your legs, you will be placing in a position to finish the triangle choke. In the following video, Daniel Beleza shows a technique that allows you to trick your opponent into the submission.

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If you notice in the video, Beleza places his legs onto the passer’s elbows rather than shoulder and uses his hips to apply a massive amount of weight onto their arms. This is vital to beginning your defense. The whizzer grip on the lapel allows for an immense amount of pressure especially when driving your leg forward and your arm back. This will force your opponent to take their arm out while keeping them one step behind.

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