Knee Shield Pass With Leg Drag Concepts
Learn The Knee Shield Pass Going To The Leg Drag by Jason Hunt
The knee shield is one of the most effective ways to defend yourself when you are playing guard from the bottom. Often times, you will see knee shield utilized in closed guard or half guard. You will come up against knee shields very often, which is why it is good to learn some methods and techniques for how to pass them. Today we are going to look at a slick knee shield pass going to the leg drag by Jason Hunt. Jason Hunt has a background in both judo and Brazilian Jiu jitsu. In 2008 he began to focus solely on jiu jitsu, having travelled to Brazil to study under Ramon Lemos and other. Hunt received his black belt jointly from Gilbert Burns and Romulo Barral in 2011. Jason Hunt’s list of accolades is long. He is a Judo black belt under Justin Flores and a National Judo Champion. He has placed 3rd at World Jiu Jitsu Pro, 3rd place Pan American Championships and 3rd place at Abu Dhabi World Pro Trials. Jason Hunt has coached world champions Edwin Najmi and Gabriel Arges.
Passing the guard is a difficult task, especially for newer grapplers. There are a few "systems" out there for passing a variety of different guards, and one of them is the pressure passing system by 5x World Champion Bernardo Faria.
Watch the video below of Jason Hunt’s knee shield pass to leg drag and then we will discuss the technique. Check it out now!
A lot of times when you get in top half guard your training partner on bottom will start to connect by wrapping his legs around yours. If you end up going too deep in the half guard your opponent is likely to shoot underneath, causing you to lose your position. Or, if they start to get their knee behind you they can knock you off balance. What Jason Hunt likes to do when he goes into half guard is to sit on his training partner’s ankle in order to control his legs and maintain his distance by sitting back. From here Hunt anticipates his opponent will go for the cross collar grip and the knee shield. Hunt lets his training partner get the knee shield so he can establish a grip on the gi pants. He uses his knee to push down and unlock his opponent’s feet. As soon as he pushes down he moves out and around his opponent’s guard, ending with both his knees on his training partner’s hip. If you do not control their hip you open up and opportunity to roll or re-establish their guard. Pay attention to Hunt’s positioning with his legs as well as his elbow. There are some very important tips here that make this pass successful. Notice too that when he passes his opponent’s guard he maintains connection the entire way through, always controlling the hips to prevent an easy escape. This is a really effective way to pass the knee shield! Remember this one the next time you are training on the mats in a live roll, or in competition.