The Over Under:  The Ultimate Pressure Pass

The Over Under: The Ultimate Pressure Pass

Guard Passing Has Become A BJJ Rarity

The natural evolution of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu appears to favor guard advancement more so than passing. This may be attributed to, in part, by recent innovations in the leg-lock territory which has drastically expanded the potential attacks for the guard player. As a consequence, it can be seen in highly competitive matches that top players are more cautious and are abandoning the domain of guard passing in favor of their own leg lock attempts. Even as a fan of leg attacks, I find it extremely valuable to continue to develop guard passing skills as a mainstay for the top attacking game.

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In reexamining the infinite forms of guard passing, it can be quickly deduced the most successful passes comprise of one fundamental rule: locking down the hips. Pinning the hips to a flat immobile position is the primary goal in many forms of guard passing; it is, however, applied uniquely and to a different degree of effectiveness in the different forms of guard passing. The effectiveness of these techniques can be graded by their overall success against the toughest of guards. The Over/Under guard passed has aced the test over and over again. The technique, albeit visually simple, requires an intricate ability to apply an extensive amount of pressure to the opponent’s hips while allowing the guard passer to be unexpectedly mobile.

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The 5X World Champion Alliance Black Belt Bernardo Faria has taken this old-school guard pass and applied it to win his multiple titles. In the 2015 IBJJF Worlds match between Bernardo Faria and Leandro Lo, Faria can be seen spending a substantial amount of time finding his way to the over/under position. Even the commentators are aware that if Faria succeeds in his attempt to secure the position, he will be able to pass the extremely difficult guard of Leandro Lo, of which few have passed.

Faria’s success using the over/under position is not a result of one passing technique, but a system of movements based on the opponent’s reaction to the dangerous potential of being caught in the position. If you’re interested in improving your own guard passing game,we strongly recommend purchasing Pressure Passing Encyclopedia by Bernardo Faria.  You can get it here from BJJ Fanatics!

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