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How to Prevent Your Guard from Getting Smashed

How to Prevent Your Guard from Getting Smashed


Prevent The Pass, and Setup a Sweep With Gordon Ryan!

If you haven’t rolled against a skilled smash passer, you’re missing a lot. Defending the guard passes of those who prefer standing passes is a different animal compared to the defense required against a smash passer. Defending smash passes requires an extensive understanding of frames, timing, balance, and shrimping.

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Smash passes such as stack pass and over/under pass all share a common attribute, which is that the guard passer is able to pin and control the legs and hips of the guard player. This leaves the guard player to defend guard passes with their upper body, which can be difficult.

In the following video, Gordon Ryan goes through one way of defending a smashing guard pass using a hook sweep from butterfly guard. Although this is a basic butterfly hook sweep, it works very well against opponents of all sizes and skill level.

One thing you constantly notice good guard players do is pummel the legs to the inside. Pummeling to the inside is important when defending guard and when attacking legs. When playing guard, especially if the passer is seated, it is important to keep your legs to the inside of their thighs.

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One important tip when doing this sweep is to use the toes of the non-hooking foot to push of the ground. If you allow that leg to sit lazily with your knee on the ground, you would be severely limited the sweep potential and open yourself up to back-step passing.

Another great yet overlooked method of defending smashing guard passes is to attack rather than retreat. Continuous retreating in standing passing defense can severely limit you when defending a smashing guard pass. It is extremely important to recognize that the guard passer is attempting to smash before it is too late.

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