To my happy surprise, my 3 minute video has been quite a success with thousands of hits on YouTube! Very pleased with that indeed. If you haven’t seen it click here.
But how do you kill and pass the butterfly guard? All this energy around the butterfly guard attacks made me think about this particular technique I use to clear the hooks when attempting to pass. As I mention in the video, it’s a small adjustment but it makes quite a difference (for me, at least) as it allows me to pass a dynamic and agile opponent’s guard without needing much agility myself. Haha I’m so lazy!
I hope that helps get rid of one hook and isolate one leg. As for the techniques themselves that you can use to pass the butterfly guard there are, once again, many good videos out there but your first port of call should be your own instructor. Chances are, you already know a couple of good methods and all I did here was probably add a small piece to your jigsaw puzzle of “passing the guard” grappling game plan*.
If you are stuck for ideas, check out this awesome selection of butterfly guard passes by Gordo Jiu Jitsu black belt, and resident instructor at Connection Rio, Mr Dennis Asche, assisted by Sam Cannons. In fact, if you look at how Dennis isolates Sam’s right leg (while simultaneously removing his left hook) at 3:10 and think to yourself: “How the hell did he do that?” I want you to relax and simply try my lazy-person-method. When you’re all big and grown up the Dennis method will be a piece of cake**.
*if you like this and want more tips of grips and approach to passing the guard, check out this post. http://parttimegrappler.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/bjj-tips-passing-open-guard-grips-how.html
**Dennis uses a cross grip in the first pass. Easily visible at 2:18. I sure will be working on that one too!
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