Let The Incomparable Gordon Ryan Tighten Up Your Guard Passes!
Gordon Ryan Explains His Guard Passing System
Who is Gordon Ryan? He is arguably the best grappler on the planet. This New Jersey born grappler is a four time Eddie Bravo Invitational Champion. A few of his accomplishment are being the 2017 ADCC Champion, 2018 IBJJF Pans No-Gi Champion and Quintet 3 Champion. He has beaten some of the world’s best grapplers including Dillon Danis, Romulo Barral, Xande Ribeiro and Keenan Cornelius. Perhaps the most profound thing about this prolific grappler is that he is only 23. The future certainly holds many wonderful things for this grappler.
At the age of 15, Ryan was introduced to Jiu Jitsu. Three people had a profound impact on Gordon’s Jiu Jitsu education. Ryan’s tutelage started under the incomparable Tom DeBlass in New Jersey. Tom is renowned for his grappling abilities, high level mixed martial arts competition and teaching abilities. Garry Tonon also played an important impact on Ryan. Tonon was a brown belt of DeBlass at the time. Alongside Tom, Tonon played a key impact in Ryan’s instruction. Tonon is a legendary grappler with wins at EBI, Polaris, Metamoris and many other high level tournaments. Garry also influenced Gordon to train with another one of his instructors, the legendary John Danaher. Danaher has coached former UFC Champions George St. Pierre and Chris Weidman. He also has been responsible for the education of many renowned grapplers. After 6 months as a brown belt and victories at IBJJF World No-Gi Champion and Newaza Challenge Champion Ryan was awarded his black belt by Garry Tonon. Tom DeBlass, John Danaher, and Ricardo Almeida all supported the promotion.
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Ryan’s grappling accomplishments are nothing short of spectacular. He won the IBJJF Nogi World Championship at Brown Belt. In 2016, Ryan defeated Yuri Simoes and Rustam Chsiev to win the Eddie Bravo Invitational Championship. Gordon’s next notable accomplishment was a super fight with Keenan Cornelius. In this no time limit submission only event, Gordon tapped Keenan with a heel hook. In 2017 Ryan competed in the ADCC World Championship. He claimed gold in the -88kg weight category by defeating Dillon Danis, Romulo Barral, Xande Ribeiro and Keenan Cornelius. He placed 2nd in the absolute division. He submitted all of his opponents but lost to Felipe Pena in the final. In 2018, Gordon won gold in his weight class and the absolute division and the IBJJF Pan Nogi. He also took gold at the No Gi Worlds in his weight class and the absolute division. Ryan led Team Alpha Male's to a victory in Quintet's 2018 Tournament where he had submission victories over Josh Barnett, Marcos Souza, Craig Jones and Vitor Ribeiro. Ryan’s other accomplishments include an unprecedented four time EBI Champion and Grappling Industries Champion.
Gordon is also an exception teacher. His guard passing instructional video promises to be one of the bestselling videos of all time. Danaher has also given him high praise saying, “Gordon Ryan is much more than an incredible athlete - he is one of the best teachers I have seen - people will be amazed when they see this video”.
In this video, Gordon Ryan explores his passing system. Ryan groups his passing into 3 groups: loose passes, tight passes and submissions passes. He starts the video with an example of a loose pass. One example is throwing your opponents legs to the side to take the pass. Another loose pass is done from having one leg in the inside position. With one leg in you can have heavy hands and pummel your legs for the pass. It is an interesting detail that Ryan notes that the concept of heavy hands and light legs is in contrast to the way passing is approached often times. If your opponents defend too heavily with their legs then a leg lock is always an option. One of the beautiful things about this system is the ability to chain your passes together. You can start with a loose pass and then transition to a tight pass or submission pass until your achieve your goal. Bernardo Faria makes an important observation about this system. He states that Ryan uses no strength to accomplish his passes.
This video is a wonderful example of Gordon’s ability to communicate technique to even novice grapplers. Like all of Ryan’s 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. Beyond technique, his instructional videos also serve as an education on the principals of grappling and thinking in systems. These elements have a powerful impact on anyone who makes a careful study of them. Gordon Ryan’s education, grappling success and systematic approach to Jiu Jitsu are testaments to his exceptional abilities as an instructor. Certainly the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have him.
In under just 18 months Gordon Ryan went from an "in shape" grappler weighing 163 lbs to a 232lb monster and then DOWN to 194 lb and looking JACKED. Gordon tore through ADCC and is now considered one of the best grapplers in the world. He just released a new DVD / On Demand Series called "Getting Swole As a Grappler". It gives you his exact program, tips, diet advice and more on how to achieved jackedness and be a complete bad ass on the mats.