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Is Your Body Lock Pass Missing These Important Details?
Body lock pass (Lachlan Giles)
Who is Lachlan Giles? He is a Jiu Jitsu black belt under John Simon and arguable one of the top Australian grapplers of his generation. Giles earned his distinguished reputation in prestigious tournaments such as IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, Pan Pacific Championship, Boa Super 8 and Eddie Bravo Invitational.
Giles hails from Melbourne, Australia. At a young age he was influenced by martial arts movies. He was introduced to Jiu Jitsu at the age of 15 when he saw Royce Gracie’s legendary performance at UFC 1. Lachlan began his training in Jiu Jitsu under Tyrone Crosse. It was under Tyrone’s tutelage that he progressed to purple belt. His club changed coaches and Lachlan progressed to black belt under John Simon. It is worth noting that Giles was also heavily influenced by Thiago Stefanutti. Thiago also awarded Giles the first degree on his black belt.
Tighten up your game with the great Lachlan Giles!
Lachlan has many exceptional achievements as a grappler. He is the ADCC Asia & Oceania Trials Champion in 2015 and 2017. He is the IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion and Pan Pacific No-GI Champion in 2016 and 2017. He won the UAEJJF Continental Pro Champion in 2018. Giles also took second place at the Boa Super 8 1st Edition and 2nd Edition in 2015. Lachlan took 3rd place at Eddie Bravo Invitational 5. He claimed second place at the 2018 UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi and 3rd place at the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship in 2017.
In this video Lachlan Giles explores the body lock pass. He starts standing and his opponent is in butterfly guard. He describes the entry as almost a wrestling shot. He shoots into his opponent and locks his hands around his opponent’s torso. Notice how his training partner's back is on the mat. The next battle Giles faces is his opponent’s hooks. If he is not careful his opponent can sit up or secure closed guard. What Lachlan does with his arms is an important detail. He pulls his elbows tight to control his opponent’s hips. Next Giles spends some time discussing the correct head placement. His head is on the center line of his opponent. Lachlan states that if his head is too high then his training partner can easily escape. Notice how Giles steps up the left leg and straightens the right leg to free the hook. He starts a movement to the left to beat his opponent’s knee line. Once the knee line is clear, Giles lifts his shoulder to this opponent’s chest and switches his hip. From here he can take side control or mount.
This video is a wonderful example of Lachlan Giles’s ability to communicate technique to even novice grapplers. Like all of Giles’ instructional videos, there is a lot of detail. I know that I often gain new insights every time I re-watch one of his videos. Certainly, they have a powerful impact on anyone who makes a careful study of them. Giles’ education, the success of his students and the popularity that he has achieved are testaments to his exceptional abilities as an instructor. Certainly the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have him.