The Science Of Guard Passing In BJJ With Lucas Lepri
Does Your Guard Passing Suck? Learn The Science Behind Top Level Guard Passing With Lucas Lepri!
Lucas Lepri is considered by many to be one of the best guard passers on the planet. Lepri is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under the renowned Elan Santiago and fights for the Alliance team out of Brazil. Lepri is one of few who have won all 4 major championships at the adult black belt level. Lucas Lepri has also won the No Gi World Jiu Jitu championship and the No Gi Pan American Championship multiple times. He is an amazing competitor and instructor who has guard passing down to a science.
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Today we are going to explore some of the techniques that make Lucas Lepri’s scientific guard passing impossible to beat. If you struggle to pass your opponent’s guard it is likely you are missing some fundamental steps that can greatly increase your passing capabilities. Lucas is a great person to learn guard passing from so let’s get started!
Concepts About Balance and Base
It is important to understand how to control your balance as you pass. It is also important to see how your opponent reacts to your movements, and anticipate those reactions. Thinking about questions like, what is your opponent trying to do, how to release the pressure, and how to switch one side to the other are going to help you connect everything together to help you to increase your balance and where you should put your weight. Also, the levels that you put yourself on are important. If you put yourself on one level it is going to be easy for your opponent to block you. But if you are switching your levels while passing it will make it much harder to do so.
You also want to be able to follow your training partner. For example, if your training partner pushes into you then you want to be able to flow with him. Lepri lets his training partner push him so he can come back in to pass the guard with a knee slice, or whatever he sees as a potential opening, now using his pressure on his opponent. If you stay too tight to your opponent you are going to get easily swept. By but flowing with your opponent you can surprise them and make it much harder for him to do something with you.
Spider Lasso Step Drag Back Pass
This is a great pass when your opponent is playing spider lasso guard. Lucas uses this one to off balance his opponent when he is not able to pull his arm back. To hit this pass he starts by standing and gripping his opponent’s lapel. Now Lucas pressures in with his knee on this inside of his opponent’s guard. He wants to keep his knee on his opponent’s chest. He lets go of the collar grip and holds his gi pants at his knee. Once he does this, Lucas steps back onto the mat and then puts his knee to the outside of his opponent’s guard. At this point he lets go of his knee and grips the outside of his opponent’s gi at the knee. Notice that this gives Lucas the ability to off balance his opponent. He steps back and drives with his arm that was caught in the spider guard. Now he can step in, using his knee to pin his training partner’s arm to the mat, finishing the pass into side control.
Single Leg X Shutdown Variations
This is a very efficient way to shut down the single leg X with a lot of minor details to pay attention to. You want to be aware of how your training partner is reacting to your movements. Be aware of getting bumped when you go for this. To shut down the single leg X guard, Lucas first establishes grips on his opponent’s collar and knee, pressuring his opponent’s guard as to prevent him from sweeping. This allows Lucas to clear his training partner’s foot. He keeps his arm inside his opponent’s knee while clearing the single leg. From here, Lucas pressures with his knee while passing around the leg.
Best Knee Cut Pass
From the De La Riva guard, Lucas prefers to secure a collar grip in his right hand on the same side as the guard. He keeps his arm below his training partner’s knee in order to main control over that leg. Lucas relives pressure from the De La Riva by pulling his opponent into him and closing his elbow. From here he has the proper grips to pull the collar and the leg causing the hips of his training partner to go over as he ends up on his side. Now when his opponent frames away he can grab behind his elbow to control the shoulder. To finish the pass Lucas leans forward, cutting with his knee. He emphasizes that you want to have your knee pointed down towards the floor, right next to his opponent’s side.
If you liked these techniques then be sure to check out Lucas Lepri’s amazing instructional series “The Science Of Guard Passing” available exclusively on BJJFanatics.com! Lucas has one of the most impressive guard passing games you will ever see, and he shares all of his secrets on this series which means you too can improve your game with efficient and methodical passing that just works.
THE SCIENCE OF GUARD PASSING BY LUCAS LEPRI
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Passing the guard is a very easy concept when you break it down: you can go over, under or around the person’s legs. Lucas has taken that concept to a science like no one else in history. His one buzzword in every pass: Precision!