Learn This Incredible Lasso Guard Pass From Lucas Barbosa
Lasso Guard Pass with Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa
The lasso guard can be one of the most difficult guards to deal with in all of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The lasso guard is a great way to restrict your opponent’s movement as he tries to pass. There are also several sweeps and submissions from the position. The lasso guard also allows people to have excellent guard retention. Just when you think you can pass someone with a lasso, they invert back to guard or sweep you. Usually you learn this technique at blue belt and above, but it is made of fundamental concepts that every BJJ player should learn. Along with learning the lasso guard comes knowing how to defend it properly.
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The lasso guard is extremely grip dependent, and for the most part, can only be executed in the gi. Many high level competitors have played the lasso over the years; some of them include Michael Langhi, Clark Gracie, Romulo Barral, and other very reputable Jiu Jitsu fighters.
Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa is here today at BJJ Fanatics Head Quarters to demonstrate his lasso guard pass. If there is anyone who is a master of the lasso guard it is Lucas. Lucas Barbosa, commonly known as Lucas "Hulk", is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under André Fabiano, and a member of the Atos Jiu Jitsu academy. Lucas Hulk’s breakthrough in the sport occurred in 2014 after his dominating performances throughout the “THE TEAM” episodes, a web based show produced by Copa Pódio in which he participated as a member of Leandro Lo’s squad. Lucas later went on to cement his dominance in the sport win titles won at IBJJF World Champion, IBJJF Asian Open Champion, IBJJF Pans Champion, IBJJF World No Gi Champion, IBJJF European Open Champion, IBJJF European No Gi Open Champion, USBJJF/IBJJF American Nationals Champion, and more.
Watch the video below of Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa demonstrating his lasso guard pass and then we will break down his technique. Check it out now!
Lucas starts off this technique in the stand top lasso position. His training partner on the bottom has his lasso set and his controlling his other arm with his foot in the bicep (a position commonly known as the spider control or spider guard). The first thing Lucas does it stand and step back with the leg that is on the same side as the spider control. Then he brings his knee forward to put an intense amount of pressure on the inside of his training partner’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. To clear the 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. Now your opponent’s foot his cleared and he will no longer be controlling you with the spider guard. 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.
Once you have broken the spider guard you want to walk around to the side of your training partner to clear the lasso. Make sure that when you step to the side you step over the leg. Pay attention to Lucas’ grips foot work when doing this. When you step over you should end with a knee slicer. Use the momentum of your side step to circle your hand that is captured in the lasso guard. This will release the pressure from the lasso. If you hesitate and do not do this at the same time you are stepping over it will not working. 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. To complete the pass, Lucas places his hand on his training partner’s hips with his elbow on the inside of the leg. Your training partner will naturally try and frame away from you to recover his guard. When he does this you want to block his top leg by grabbing behind the calf. Now you can grab your partner’s gi pants or belt behind his back and switch to the leg drag. From here Lucas readjusts his grips and jumps to the side, controlling his opponent’s neck to complete the lasso guard pass and hit a submission.
As you can probably tell, this is a highly effective lasso guard pass from Lucas Hulk Barbosa. Be sure to give this one a try the next time you are up against a really good lasso guard player! If you are slow and methodical with your approach to dismantling your opponent’s guard, you will have a much greater chance at hitting the pass than you would if trying to rush it. So pay attention to all of the details Lucas goes over when working this pass. You want precision technique before you add in speed and aggression. I hope you find this technique useful. Thank you Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa for demonstrating this technique for us today!
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So what makes the lasso guard so great? It’s a great position for the bottom person because you can use your leg to hook inside of your opponent, letting you control their posture, distance, and angles of attack all at the same time. You force them to fight on your terms, and that keeps you in control of the action. At every tournament, fighters are using the lasso to control and win, and now you can join in by learning from one of the best in the game today. Tinoco’s sweeps and submissions are some of the cleanest technique on the scene, and he shows everything across these three volumes.
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