Posted on August 19, 2021
Passing the guard is among the most grueling tasks in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Whether you are dealing with a tricky spider guard or just fighting to break open an old fashioned closed guard, proper technique is key for avoiding sweeps and submissions while pursuing your top control.
Luckily, in our Denilson’s Tricky Guard Passing Instructional, BJJ Black Belt Denilson Pimenta shows his methods for shutting down and passing some of the most common (and annoying) guards in jiu jitsu.
The list of guards you’ll learn to pass includes the following:
In this article, we preview two of these guard passes. One for opening and passing the closed guard, and one for passing spider guard.
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The closed guard is likely one of the first positions you ever learned in BJJ. Regardless of belt level, this position comes up constantly during training, competition, and even in many street fight and self-defense situations.
The closed guard has you on your knees with your partners legs around your waist and their ankles crossed behind your back.
Other than avoiding sweeps and submissions, the first step to passing closed guard is virtually always to open your opponent’s legs.
While some opponent’s may crack easily or open on their own, other opponents will be stubborn and give you much difficulty opening their guard.
With Denilson’s Closed Guard Knee In Step Up Pass, you can overcome stubborn closed guards with pressure and leverage. From there, you will completely control your opponent until you finally land in side control.
To perform Denilson’s Closed Guard Knee In Step Up Pass:
This method of passing the closed guard relies on the pressure from the wedge created by your knee against your opponent’s tail bone as your pry their guard open.
When performed effectively, this pass should keep your opponent locked down throughout the entire path. This is a great option for preventing scrambles or relying on athleticism.
Spider guard is a pesky and annoying guard that has your opponent controlling your wrist sleeve with same side grips and their feet on your biceps.
This gives your opponent the ability to push and pull your upper body by completely dominating both of your arms.
They can also off-base you by extending you on one side while pulling you in on the other.
Passing the spider guard requires you to change your angle to prevent your opponent’s leg power from dominating you.
This is exactly the principle Denilson uses to shut down an opponent’s spider guard with the stand up pass.
To perform Denilson’s Spider Guard Stand Up Pass:
You must do each step in the correct order or your opponent will have an easy time pulling you into their game.
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Sharpening your guard passing will do wonders for both your gi Jiu Jitsu and nogi grappling game. Your opponent’s will fear playing guard as they sense your passing abilities exceed their retention capabilities, causing them to make costly errors as they fight back.
You will have gravity on your side when passing, allowing you to tire out your opponent more efficiently without having to carry any of their weight.
Finally, once you have passed guard, you are in an excellent position to continue racking up points or hunting for the submission.
With Denilson’s Tricky Guard Passing, you will sharpen the details on the guard passes you know and potentially learn some completely new options for dealing with the peskiest of guards.
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