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How To Pass The Lasso Guard In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

How To Pass The Lasso Guard In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


Passing the lasso guard can be tricky! Lucas Lepri shares insights into his guard passing and just how simple it can be to methodically dismantle your opponent's lasso guard!

The lasso guard is a phenomenon in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The lasso guard is extremely grip dependent, and for the most part, can only be executed in the gi. It can be one of the most difficult guards to deal with, especially against a good guard player. Usually the lasso restricts your movement and limits your options for passing. The lasso guard is usually paired with spider guard. A BJJ player will use both to control the upper part of your body and destabilize your base, setting you up for an easy sweep. The lasso guard is also great for guard retention. Even if a player losers their lasso guard they can typically move into other guards easily.

Lucas Lepri has won the No Gi World Jiu Jitu championship and the No Gi Pan American Championship multiple times. He has done so in the light weight division of the sport. This makes Lucas one of the most successful competitors in the history of the sport’s light weight division... When It comes to Guard Passing, Lepri is a Master


Since it is so widespread, the lasso guard is one of the guards you should know everything about, even if it is not your preferred way of playing guard. Passing the lasso guard is something everyone should have knowledge of. But how do you pass lasso guard? It might not be as difficult as you think.

Lucas Barbosa has a great instruction series called “Top Game” available exclusively on In this instructional series, Lucas has a great segment on passing lasso guard, a critical component to having a well rounded top game. If there is anyone who is a master of the lasso guard it is Lucas. "Hulk" Barbosa is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under André Fabiano, and a member of the Atos Jiu Jitsu academy. Lucas has won important titles in the sport’s international circuit such as IBJJF World Champion, IBJJF Asian Open Champion, IBJJF Pans Champion, IBJJF World No Gi Champion, IBJJF European Open Champion, and IBJJF European No Gi Open Champion.

Lucas knows what it takes to pass the lasso guard and so can you! Watch the video below and then we will break down Lucas’ method for passing the lasso guard in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Check it out now!

Typically when starting in the top lasso guard position, the guy on bottom will have his lasso on one arm and spider control (foot in the bicep) on the other. The guy on bottom will also have grips on your gi, and can use the combination of the hands and feet to “steer” you. The first thing Lucas does it stand and step back with the leg that is on the same side as the spider control. He brings his knee forward to put pressure on the inside of his opponent’s knee. When you pressure down on your opponent’s knee and leg you take away from of the pressure from the spider control which will allow you to clear the foot.

In order to clear your training partner’s foot, circle your hand under the leg and grab your opponent’s gi pants as low as you possibly can on the inside of the leg. . In the case where your opponent’s spider guard leg is fully extended straight you can still clear the foot by stepping back, and then hitting your opponent with your knee. When you hit with your knee you take all the pressure away from the spider guard to clear the foot.

With the spider guard eliminated it is time to clear the lasso. Step over your opponent’s leg. Lucas has really good foot work when he does this. When you step over you can use a knee slice. Now as you are side stepping you can circle your hand to free your arm from the lasso guard. Once you have your hand free, grab the outside of your training partner’s gi pants. Switch your other grip to a lapel grip. Now pull your opponent into you to clear the leg, and break the lasso grip.

Completing the pass is very easy. Simply control your opponent’s hips with your elbow on the inside of your opponent’s leg. As your opponent tries to recover his guard, block his top leg and go for the leg drag. Adjust your grips and move into side control and start attacking submissions. This is a highly effective lasso guard pass from Lucas Hulk Barbosa. Keep this one in mind if you are struggling against a really good lasso guard player. If you are interested in more great top game advice from Lucas Barbosa then be sure to check out his instructional series “Top Game” available exclusively on! In this series, Lucas goes over a ton of important techniques, like the single leg take down, leg drag passing, Ezekiel choke from the back and a whole lot more!

Learn The Science Of Guard Passing From No Gi World Champion Lucas Lepri!

Lucas Lepri is a multiple time black belt world champion and the only person to win a black belt adult world title without ever conceiving a point. Lucas Lepri’s Guard Passing Science Will Teach You How To Diagnose & Dismantle Any Guard In Your Gym Or In Local Competition



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