GB Technique: Pressure vs Distance Passing with Prof Marcio Feitosa

This week on GB Technique we compare 2 of the major styles of guard passing – pressure passing and distance passing – as taught by Prof Marcio Feitosa.
Not all guard passes operate on the same principle – yes, all guard passes require getting past your opponent’s legs and stabilizing the top position – but the means of accomplishing this goal can be quite different. Pressure passing involves close body contact with the guard player, applying your body weight to prevent them from moving their hips, and usually making your opponent uncomfortable and forced to give up their guard position.
Distance Passing, by comparison, involves preventing the guard player from getting control grips and hooks, standing beyond the reach of the opponent, and taking advantage of the standing guard passer’s superior speed and mobility. Let’s take a look at these concepts in action.
Pressure Passing
Knee slice guard pass
Prof Marcio Feitosa teaches one of the most popular pressure passes – a heavy knee that splits the guard player’s legs and keeps them flat on their back with pressure.
Body lock guard passing
This might be one of the best ways to illustrate the concept of applying one’s body weight and top pressure to control the guard player’s movement and control the hips.
Distance Passing
Toreando Bullfighter Pass
This example might be the best way to illustrate the distance passing concepts. Avoiding the opponent entangling your legs, breaking grips, and using your side-to-side movement to beat your opponent’s legs.
Standing open guard pass
In this tutorial, Prof Marcio DOES utilize pressure with his knee on the opponent’s hips when he is in a standing base. But the body contact is minimal and the emphasis in the past is on avoiding the hooks and grips of the guard player
What is your favorite style of guard passing?
See also on GB Technique:
GB Technique:  Passing Different Guard Styles
Writer: Mark Mullen, Gracie Barra Black Belt