Thou Shalt Pass: Choosing passes that are right for you

May 6, 2016
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Thou Shalt Pass: Choosing passes that are right for you

Perhaps due to the huge popularity of guard pulling, a great deal of competition jiujitsu lies in passing of the guard and sweeping.

Coaches who’ve been around for a while, know this.

So a large focus of training surrounds sweeping and passes for points, consolidating positions.

The lighter divisions see a lot more sweeping, perhaps due to the fact your opponents are also lighter and more susceptible to leverage, as well as the fact that smaller guys quickly learn the need to master technical leverage.

The lighter divisions see more back takes than mount, perhaps due to small guys turtling rather than get stuck under sidecontrol, perhaps due to little dudes always working for the back against the bigger guys in their class.

The heavier divisions see more consolidating of side control and mount to get points, with bigger guys able to secure a position for more than 3 seconds.


Passing the guard will get you a couple of points and securing kneeride or sidecontrol will get you a couple more.

Advance again and you can win the match very easily.

The dilemma we constantly face in BJJ skill development is in WHAT to train.

In deciding which passes to drill, to chain, to work and play: we must first analyse which is suitable for our bodytype, our height and our strength.

Here’s a nice passing game for stronger/shorter guys.

And here’s a standing open guard game for taller guys with better reach.

This article/video gives you a few options for double-legs for your bodytype:

And here’s some more comp stuff to keep in mind.


Michael Zoupa
Michael Zoupa

Michael is a “certified badass” with a heart of gold. Passionate about making people feel safe and educating them to be confident. In his youth -a little troubled- Michael often got into fights with the bullies in his school. After identifying with this, he began a lifelong pursuit of the martial arts and in educating others how to protect themselves and use "fighting without fighting" to deter aggressors from choosing them as victims. Michael specializes in leverage for little people, grappling for control and self defense, footwork to generate more power and head movement/evasive technique for counter fighting.

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