Open Guard -> Turtle Attack -> Dope Mount -> Head and Arm -> Mount -> Triangle

Phew that is a lot to take in… but this is a nice sequence. I will break each one down to the best of my ability and try to get some videos linked that highlight each phase. Hope you enjoy and find it useful!

  • Open Guard Pass
  • Hero is standing in Opp Open Guard
  • Opp is on R side
  1. Hero R Hand -> Opp L Hip Gi; Hero R Arm is inside of Opp L Leg
  2. Hero L Hand -> Opp R Knee Gi; Hero L Arm is forcing Opp R Leg -> Ground
  3. Hero Sprawls R + L Legs and keeps hips high
  4. Hero L Arm drives Opp R Knee down and -> R
    • this forces Opp onto L side and allows Hero to pass Opp guard/legs
    • in this case Opp chooses to go to turtle; rolling away from Hero
  5. Hero follows Opp with R Leg/Knee -> Opp L Leg/Hip area; Hero L Leg is posted -> L
    • Hero is now on Opp L side with Opp in Turtle Position
    • This now transitions into the Turtle Attack
  6. Hero R Arm goes over Opp Back and Hero R Hand -> Opp R Inner Thigh
  7. Hero uses R Arm to pull Opp back onto L side
    • sometimes it is good to get a reaction here by pushing the Opp -> R and when they counter back L assist their momentum back -> L
    • Opp is pulled back on to their L Side which sets up for the Dope mount and Head + Arm Attack
  8. As Opp is falling onto L side Hero R Leg -> between Opp R + L Leg
  9. Hero R Arm -> Opp R Neck; (AST) Hero Head -> Opp R Shoulder (ear to shoulder)
  10. Hero windshield wipers legs; Hero L Shin -> R to trap Opp L Thigh and Hero R Leg -> (OH – Overhook) Opp R Leg
    • Hero is now in Dope mount and is setup for Head and Arm Choke
    • from here it is important for hero to sink Head and Arm deep by driving Hero R Arm hard -> L
  11. Hero R Leg slides up  -> Opp R side to secure mount
    • Important to pin Opp Shoulders -> Ground
  12. Hero jumps R + L Leg -> L and stays up on toes with hips in air
    • from here Hero can finish Head + Arm Choke by dropping hips, staying on toes and walking legs/body around clockwise -> L
    • but we are going to say that Opp defends by either putting arms together or doing ‘telephone’ defence
    • from here we are going to transition from failed Head and Arm -> Triangle
  13. Hero L Arm/Hand -> Opp Gi Stomach
    • this is just a bait to make Opp think you are attacking his Gi
    • Opp defends with L Hand by trying to block Hero L Arm/Hand
  14. Hero L Hand -> Opp L Wrist Gi and pulls Opp Arm -> L
    • this is the trap
  15. Hero L Knee slides up -> Opp R Shoulder/Back
  16. Hero R Leg steps over Opp L Arm; Hero R foot -> back of Opp L Neck
    • kind of like ‘S Mount’
    • through this transition Hero maintains downward shoulder pressure
  17. Hero L Hand -> Hero R Shin
    • this is setting up for triangle
  18. Hero R Hand -> Hero R Back of thigh
    • this is a very strong position as it effectively traps Opp L Arm in place
  19. Hero rolls -> R and on to back; (AST – At same time) Hero L foot -> Opp R Hip
    • Hero stabilizes position in anticipation of applying triangle
  20. Hero L Back of Knee -> Hero R ankle
    • from here Hero finishes triangle by pulling down on head, squeezing knees together etc…
    • there is also a strong armlock throughout this  triangle that can be applied to Opp R Arm





Single Leg X Shin to Shin Entry

  1. Hero is in butterfly guard; Hands out ready to block
  2. Opp is standing
  3. Hero R + L Hand -> Opp R Knee
  4. Hero L shin -> Opp R Shin
  5. Hero L Arm OH (Overhook Outside -> Inside) Opp R Leg; Hero locks Opp R Leg to chest
  6. Hero R Foot/Leg -> up between Opp Legs
  7. Hero swings under and -> R pulling Opp R Leg onto Hero upper body
  8. Hero R Hand -> Opp L Knee Gi
  9. Hero L Leg kicks up lifting Opp slightly
  10. Hero L Leg UH (underhooks) Opp R Leg; Hero lifts hips up; Hero L foot -> Opp R Hip
  11. Hero R Shin/Knee -> inside of Opp R Leg/Thigh
    • It is critical to lift legs and squeeze knees together
  12. Hero L Hand -> Hero L Hamstring; Hero Keeps Opp R Ankle in L Armpit
    • This allows for leg attacks and sweeps
    • Another option as shown in the video below is for Hero to OH Opp R Ankle/Shin

Below is a video the demonstrates this in a drill format. The video was published by Alliance Jiu-Jitsu DFW – Martial Arts & Fitness and is a good demonstration of this entry.


Lasso Guard Knee and Arm Sweep

  • Opp is on knees
  • Hero is using Open Guard
  1. Hero R + L Hands -> Opp R + L Wrist Gi
  2. Hero R + L Feet => Opp R + L Hips
    • Hero pushes with both legs to create space
  3. Hero L Leg posts L and pushes Hero Torso slightly -> R
    • This creates an angle to help Hero Lasso Opp R Arm
  4. Hero L Leg Lasso’s Opp R Arm (outside -> in); Hero Ankle -> Opp R Armpit
  5. Hero R Arm pulls Opp L Arm tightly towards Hero Head
    • this is important to off balance you Opp and protect from possible leg attacks
  6. Hero R  Foot -> Hero L Foot; this brings Hero R Knee/Leg across Opp R + L Hips
    • this position is the bait to bring Opp around to Hero R side
  7. When Opp moves to Hero R; Hero R Arm -> UH Opp L Leg/back of Knee
  8. Hero then elevates Opp up and -> L; Hero sitsups and drives Opp -> L to finish sweep

Below is a Lasso Series Sweep Video. I don’t know the instructor’s name but this video came from BJJVision on youtube. It is a good series. The above sweep is the first one in the series.

Lasso Guard “Push(knee kick)/Scissor Sweep”

  • Opp is on knees
  • Hero is using Open Guard
  1. Hero R + L Hands -> Opp R + L Wrist Gi
  2. Hero R + L Feet => Opp R + L Hips
    • Hero pushes with both legs to create space
  3. Hero L Leg posts L and pushes Hero Torso slightly -> R
    • This creates an angle to help Hero Lasso Opp R Arm
  4. Hero L Leg Lasso’s Opp R Arm (outside -> in); Hero Ankle -> Opp R Armpit
  5. Hero R Arm pulls Opp L Arm tightly towards Hero Head
    • this is important to off balance you Opp and protect from possible leg attacks.
  6. Hero R foot kicks -> Opp L knee (AST) Hero L Leg Scissors/Kicks -> R to sweep Opp
  7. Hero follows Opp -> Full Mount

Below is a good video from Dawg Jiu Jitsu’s Mike Weichert that demonstrates this technique. Mike doesn’t do a push/kick to his Opp L Knee but instead goes for a straight up scissor sweep from the Lasso Guard. Depends what the Opp is presenting to you.


Closed Guard to Standing Pass

  • Hero is in Opp Closed Guard
  • Opp L Hand -> Hero L Lapel Gi
  1. Hero R Hand -> Opp L Gi Wrist
    • Opp L Hand is dangerous here and ideally it would be good to break the grip but either way it is important to defend it.
    • In the video below Kurt Osiander(who has excellent videos) show this part Opposite and he breaks the grip. But everything else is much the same.
  2. Hero L Hand/Forearm -> Opp R Gi Belt/Inner Thigh
  3. Hero steps R Foot/Leg up and then L Foot/Leg Up
    • Important to stand up first on the side that the Opp Arm is trapped
    • Hero is now standing with good posture
  4. Hero L Elbow/Arm -> Opp R inner thigh and drives down -> ground (breaking closed guard)
    • As this happens Hero keeps R Foot on ground knee bent at 90 degrees
    • Opp L Leg is on top of Hero R Thigh
    • Hero L Knee falls -> ground
  5. Hero L Knee -> Opp R inner thigh and stays tight -> Opp R Outer Hip
    • Hero needs to keep Opp R Leg trapped tight -> ground
  6. Hero L Arm UH Opp L Leg; bring Opp L Leg -> Hero R Shoulder/Neck
  7. Hero L Hand -> Opp R Gi Collar/Back of neck
    • Hero needs to step R Leg up tight to Opp L Side
    • This is a very powerful position
  8. Hero reverse scissors R Leg backwards -> L
  9. Hero L Leg -> L which releases Opp R inner thigh
  10. Hero switches hips back -> R; (AST – At same time) Hero steps R Leg -> back of Opp R thigh in order to push Opp onto L Hip
    • Hero comes to R Cradle Position around Opp R Hip

The following video is by Kurt Osiander who is one of my favorite BJJ Instructors on Youtube. His videos are straight forward and no Bullshit. As was stated above he breaks the initial grip which is ideal.

Cross Grip Open Guard Pass

  • Hero is standing in Opp Open Guard
  1. Hero R Hand -> Opp R Gi Ankle
  2. Hero does a little shuffle step with R + L Legs -> L  (AST) Hero slides R knee to the inside of Hero R Arm (Keenan below in the video explains this is as the outside of the R Arm but for me it is easier to remember this as inside Hero R Arm)
    • Hero applies pressure with R Arm and R Leg -> Opp R Thigh; Hero R Hand is maintaining the Gi Grip at the Opp R Ankle
    • Hero is bending legs and posting L Leg to L
    • Opp will normally defend this with L Knee Shield
  3. Hero L Hand -> Opp R Collar Gi
  4. Hero applies pressure to Opp L Knee/leg and torso by lifting hips into the air with Hero L Leg
    • This is a key point because if done correctly it will kill the Opp L Knee because Hero Torso will come over top of the knee and will driving it down to the ground effectively neutralizing it.
  5. Hero walks around to North South while maintaining grips effectively passing the guard.

One of my instructors recently introduced me to this concept. I am sure it is not the first time that I have been shown this but it finally started to click and sink in as a viable option. It has proven to be very effective

Below Keenan Cornelius breaks down this guard pass incredibly well. Keenan’s videos are excellent and I hope to attend a seminar of his and train with him some day. He starts by explaining the ideas of basic guard passing (breaking grips etc..). At approximately 4:45 he starts breaking down this Pass.


Step Over Collar Choke from Side Control

  • Hero is in R Standard Side Control
  • Hero L Hand ->back of Opp Head thumb in Gi Collar
  • Hero R Hand ->UH Opp L Arm
  1. Hero R Hand  -> Opp L Hip Gi; Hero R Forarm -> Opp Hips
  2. Hero jumps to R Knee on Belly
    • Hero applies pressure with R Knee to force Opp to roll onto R Side
    • Opp defends with R + L Arm pushing -> Hero R Knee (AST – ‘at same time’) Opp rolls onto R Side
  3. During transition Hero allows R Knee to slide -> Ground (AST) Hero keeps R Arm tightly against Opp Hips
    • This last point is important to control Opp Hips
  4. Hero L Arm slides L a couple of inches to a fairly loose Gi Collar Grip beside Opp R Neck
  5. Hero steps L Foot -> Opp L Neck; when ready + balanced Hero slides L Leg under Opp back of neck.
    • If needed you can windshield wiper your leg under the back of Opp Head
  6. Hero L inner forearm drops  L -> across Opp neck
    • Hero Elbow points -> L + Outside
    • Hero L Arm continues to apply downward pressure to finish the choke.

Below is a really good video published by Ray Coleman from Black dragon Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that demonstrates this technique really well.

Keep in mind that there are other variations. One common variations uses the idea of dropping your head to the ground while pulling with your arm and kicking with your leg backwards to finish the choke.