Tuesday, June 07, 2005

BJJ Move #9: In Guard: Passing: Low Pass (a/k/a leg pin pass)

Here's another way to pass the guard after you've broken your opponent's legs apart...

WARNING! These techniques could result in serious injury or death if practiced incorrectly or even if performed correctly. They should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.

In Guard: Passing: Low Pass (a/k/a leg pin pass):

If you’ve broken the guard and fished your right arm through (as in "The High Pass") but he’s keeping his left leg stiff and hipping away to his left to hold you off, here’s what you do.
With your left hand, pin his right knee against the floor. This keeps him from moving or from putting you in a triangle choke and lets you creep over to that side. Keep a hold on his left leg with your right hand.
Slide your left knee across his right thigh, so your left shin lies across his right thigh, pinning it to the ground.
With your opponent’s left leg still on your right shoulder, drive forward like you’re doing a split.
Switch your left hand from his right knee to his gi near his head, thumb inside the gi. With no gi, grab underneath his head with your left arm.
Move your right foot past his right leg and behind your own left leg, effectively “switching out” your legs.
As you release your left foot from his right thigh, drive your right knee into the space, into his right hip so he can’t put you into the guard. Take the cross side on his right side.
Note that you can switch between the high and low pass; once you're pinning the bottom leg, you can wait for your opponent to squirm and open up one side or the other for that pass.

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