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CT BJJ: Passing the Guard

Last night at Crossroads BJJ we started the class by warming up with armbar drills, armbar flow drills are great way to improve the timing and speed of your armbars, this allows you to attack the submission without hesitation when the oppertunity presents itself when you are sparring. 

During the Jiu-Jitsu technique portion of class we covered how to execute the stack pass from standing, understanding how to keep your posture, maintain your balance and keep your arms in the correct position in order to effectively improve your position and move from inside the Guard to side control. In Jiu-Jitsu the main strategy is based on improving your position to positions where your Jiu-Jitsu training partner has less and less oppertunities to submit you, and you have more and more opportunities to submit them. 

To make sure everybody understood exactly how to perform the Guard pass we covered both an armbar and a triangle submission off of some commonly made mistakes while performing the pass. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a game of inches, if your arm moves slightly out of position the bottom bjj player has an oppertunity for the armbar and if you do not keep your posture your bjj training partner has the oppertunity to apply a triangle choke. Both of these submissions can be very difficult to escape so if we can avoid giving our training partner the oppertunity to attack them if the first place we will be able to pass much easier.

We finished the class working some positional drills where the top Jiu-Jitsu player attempted to pass the guard using the stack pass while the bjj player on the bottom attempted to look for the triangle and the armbars. This allowed everybody in class the chance to see if they were leaving out any important details of the 3 techniques we covered. If you are interested in learning BJJ click on the getting started tab and talk to one of our coaches about what you need to do to get started! 

Dustin Rhodes