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The Complete No Gi Guard Passing System By Marc...

Kaynan shows you all of his most effective passes that he has optimized for the no-gi game, complete with smash passes, leg drags, back steps, and more. Combine all these classic moves together into a modern system, as he shows you how to add chokes and joint locks to secure submissions and finish fights.

The Complete No Gi Guard Passing System by Marc...

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This app contains a complete system for learning BJJ. It starts with the Roadmap concept so that you get the complete big picture of the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (along with the concepts, techniques and strategies used by almost every advanced player).

You explained it all so well. I am so glad to have found this article. I barely started training in BJJ and gym got closed and im hoping it will open maybe in 2 weeks but till then i want to practice the guard passing techniques at home. Is there any way of practicing it at home without an opponent?

According to IBJJF rule groin Protectors are not allowed in No-GI BJJ competitions but for training purposes and for the beginners, they are highly recommended to protect the sensitive part of the body during sparring and rolling. During No-Gi training, like passing the guard, any slip may target the sensitive part resulting in a serious injury. In other words, It prevents you from the worst position that may crush you. Wearing a groin protector eases your mind that your genital organ is safe.

BJJ employs a wide range of takedown techniques to bring an opponent to the ground such as "pulling guard", which is not used in other combat sports such as Judo or Wrestling. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of manoeuvres (and counter-manoeuvres) are available to manipulate the opponent into a suitable position for the application of a submission technique. Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of BJJ, which includes effective use of the guard position to defend oneself from bottom (using both submissions and sweeps, with sweeps leading to the possibility of dominant position or an opportunity to pass the guard), and passing the guard to dominate from top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions. This system of manoeuvring and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic or physical chess when executed by two experienced practitioners.[36] A submission hold in BJJ is often assimilated to the equivalent of "checkmate", where the opponent is left with no other option but to tap, be injured, or choked.

In the half guard, one of the top grappler's legs is controlled by the bottom grappler's legs, preventing the top opponent from passing side control or full mount positions. There is also a variant of half guard called "50/50 guard", which consist of each opponent usually in sitting positions with one of their legs hooking the same leg of their opponent in a mirrored fashion. This position is called 50/50 because neither opponent has a distinct advantage, where both sides have the same possibilities of sweeps and attacks.

The distance of your centre of gravity (located a couple of inches below your navel) to the mat is directly proportionate to how likely you are to be swept when you're in your opponent's guard. Every successful sweep requires that the top player's centre of gravity be elevated. There will be times when you need to have your hips high during the pass (standing to pass, spearing your opponent with your shoulder etc.), during which you should always be aware of sweep attempts. Many sweeps can be completely nullified simply by dropping your hips (and hence your centre of gravity) to the mat. Generally, your goal should be to get your hips as close to the mat as possible as soon as possible.

This is something I started to understand and implement into my game just recently and it's made a huge difference. Often, your opponent's guard is simply the hooks created by his feet and ankles. His knees and thighs are secondary. These hooks are the first and most difficult 'rungs on the ladder' to pass and are usually what keep you in whichever kind guard variant you're trapped in. Just as a thought experiment - think how easy it would be to pass the guard of someone with no feet. Or take a training partner and ask him to stop you from passing his guard without using his feet. We can use this to maximum effect by pre-emptively manipulating and controlling the guard player's feet and not allowing him to engage these hooks. Now, whenever someone starts trying to use an open guard on me, the first thing I do is grab one or both of his feet and bend it downwards out of the hook shape. Not only does the stop him from controlling you with his feet, but it also weakens his whole lower-body and makes the subsequent steps in any chosen pass easier to perform. The first step of the 'Ankle-Isolation' pass described in the video further down the page is a good example of this principle at work.

When passing the guard, you need to choose one or the other. If one type doesn't work against a particular player it's very likely that the other will. I've had quite a bit of success with this. When I encounter a tricky open-guard specialist with very dynamic hips and feel that my speed-based passes are ineffective, I immediately change to a tightness-based pass and use it to shut him down.

Although I don't suggest you build your guard-passing strategy around submissions, I also feel that it's not wise to disregard them entirely. From within the closed guard, using certain submission attacks can force a reaction and get the opponent to uncross his ankles and allow you to begin your pass. The two subs I've had some success doing this with are the thrusting choke ('potato smasher') and the Ezekiel choke. Lower-body submissions can also be great options against open-guard players. Fighters like the legendary Victor Estima have developed very powerful attacks like the Estima-lock, which can be devastating even expert guard players when used properly. Just keep in mind that attempting a foot or leg-lock invariably gives up the top position and can give your opponent opportunities to counter with similar attacks. Make sure you have a contingency plan and that your scrambling ability is good. 041b061a72


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