GB Technique : Passing Butterfly and Knee Shield Guards

This week on Gracie Barra Blog we are looking at some advanced guard passing techniques by Gracie Barra instructors.
Passing the guard is a complicated topic, for the reason that there are so many different guard styles to contend with. One pass doesn’t fit all situations.
A great rule for guard passing is: “The right tool for the right job.” Put another way, it means that you must adapt your passing to your opponent’s defensive reactions.
Combining passes is the key when your opponent puts up a defense to your initial attack.
Let’s take a look at some of guard pass techniques with combinations as taught by some of the top Gracie Barra instructors.
1) Escape from Butterfly Sweep
Prof. Flavio Almeida teaches a hip switch (floating guard pass) that relies on precise timing to nullify your opponents Butterfly Guard Sweep and get the pass.

2) Leg Weave Pass + Hop Over
This technique by Gracie Barra Carrollton is a continuation of our first technique. When the opponents sets their defense against your leg weave, you take the path of least resistance and change to their back.

3) Ninja Roll Guard Pass into Guillotine From Mount
No-gi tends to be a faster, more scramble based game than jiu-jitsu in the gi. Prof. Joe shows how he leaps pass this opponent’s Butterfly Hooks into a submission position.

4) No-Gi Under The Leg Guard Pass
Dealing with your opponents knee shield guard or half guard is a difficult situation. This stacking guard pass requires some special gripping details as taught by Prof. Flavio Almeida.

5) Passing Knee Shield
This is another solution to the opponents knee shield guard. If the opponent does not give you the high leg (like in previous video) then you are set up for this pressure pass.

See also on Gracie Barra : Advanced Half Guard Bottom
Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia