GB Technique : Passing The Open Guard With Prof. Marcio Feitosa

This week on Gracie Barra Blog we are looking at an open guard passing tutorial by 5th degree Gracie Barra black belt Prof. Marcio Feitosa.

Prof. Marcio Feitosa started training at Gracie Barra in Rio at the age of 12 years old and his jiu-jitsu career has included a World Championship victory, being head instructor at Gracie Barra HQ and now contributing to the worldwide growth of Gracie Barra jiu-jitsu.

His jiu-jitsu is based around his strong technical position game, Prof. Marcio is especially known for his guard passing.

Let’s take a look at how to pass the open guard by Prof. Marcio Feitosa

1) 3 Options For Toreando Guard Passes

The Toreando or Bullfighter Pass is one of the most powerful passes to use at all levels of competition. Note the different grips that Prof. Marcio uses to perform the same basic pass.


2) Passing Open Guard / Passagem de Guarda Aberta

When you engage against the guard player, it is important not to allow them to entangle you with their hooks and grips. Here is how to enter into a guard passing situation.


3) Passing Spider Guard / Passagem da Guarda Aranha

Prof. Marcio shows 3 important components of passing the guard in this video:

1) get the proper grips that you need

2) controlling the distance

3) removing hooks


4) Passing the Lasso guard / Passagem da Guarda Laço

Have you ever gotten stuck in your opponent’s powerful Lasso Guard hook? It can be extremely frustrating to pass. Here Prof. Marcio shows how he negates the Lasso hook to pass.


5) Transition to back after guard pass / Transição do 100kg para as costas

Most back takes at the higher level of competition come immediately after a guard pass as the opponent looks to avoid surrendering the 3 points. Prof. Marcio teaches how to take advantage of your position immediately following the pass.



What is YOUR favorite open guard pass?


See also on Gracie Barra : Advanced Half Guard Bottom

GB Technique : Advanced Half Guard Bottom

Credits: Mark Mullen 

Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia