Half Guard -> Escape -> Breakdown Opponent -> Side Control

  • Hero is in R Half Guard on R Hip
  • Hero R Leg UH -> Opp R Leg; Hero R Foot hooks Over Back of Opp R Calf
  • Hero L Leg OH Opp R Leg
  1. Hero R + L Leg/Knees sqeeze together and push/pull Opp L and up towards Hero Head; (AST) Hero R Arm drives -> Opp L Armpit
    • This is to get Opp to post R Arm -> Hero L above Hero L Shoulder
  2.  Hero switches hips hard -> Hero R Hip (AST) Hero L Arm -> Opp R back deep
  3. Hero gets into a smaller ball, gets head out from Opp R armpit and Hero L Arm OH -> Opp R Leg
    • getting head out is critical to escape
  4. Hero R Leg releases hook and goes -> inside of Opp R Leg
  5. Hero L Ankle/Shin slides -> under Opp R Ankle and drives Opp R Ankle hard -> R
    • this is also critical as it torques Opp Knee -> R which will help force movemnt of Opp
  6. Hero body pivots more -> R to come to knees
  7. Hero R ankle -> under Hero L ankle
    • this cross helps secure Opp R Leg
  8. Hero posts R Leg
  9. Hero R Hand -> Opp R Ankle Gi; Hero lifts Opp R leg -> outside of Hero R Hip
  10. Hero R Hand -> OH Opp R Inner Thigh
  11. Hero L Hand -> Opp L Inner Knee
  12. Hero drives on 45 degrees -> L to take Opp down
    • this puts lots of pressure and torque on Opp R knee
  13. Hero can now choose position to transition to ie side control, full mount etc…

Bonus: Half Guard Escape -> Whizzer Counter Sweep

  • from step 3 above
  • Opp  counters single leg by Opp R Arm Whizzer -> Hero L arm
  • Hero continues with steps above 4, 5, 6, 7… Step 1 below is following Step 7
  1. Hero R Hand dives under -> Opp L Ankle (AST) Hero rolls over on R shoulder
  2. Hero continues to hold Opp and pulls Opp body overtop -> R finishing sweep -> R


Fundamental Triangle Finish

  • Hero has Opp in basic triangle entry
  • Hero R Leg (UH) Opp L arm; Hero R Leg -> Opp R Back
  • Hero L Leg (OH – overhook) Opp R Arm/Shoulder
  • Hero L Ankle -> Back of Hero R Ankle
  1. Hero lifts Hips up (Bridges)
  2. Hero L Arm/Hand -> Opp L Elbow
  3. Hero pull Opp L arm -> L
  4. Hero R Hand -> Back of Opp Head on L Side
    • This helps to continually break Opp Posture
  5. Hero L Hand switches with Hero R Hand; Hero L Hand -> Opp R Back of Head
  6. Hero R Hand -> Hero L Shin
  7. Hero R Foot -> Opp L Hip
    • this helps pivot Hero -> L
  8. Hero R Foot drops -> Ground R
    • this creates even more angle for Hero
  9. Hero L Hand -> Opp R Inner Thigh
    • this again helps with the rotation
  10. Hero turns L -> 90 degrees
    • this sometimes creates a gap at Opp neck and with Hero L Leg
  11. In order to get rid of this gap Hero L Leg straightens and then Hero pushes L Leg deeper -> Opp R Neck and finally reclamps
  12. Hero R Leg/Back of Knee -> Hero L Shin/Ankle
  13. Hero flexes both feet up; Brings Heels -> butt and lifts hips to finish triangle
  14. Also Hero squeezes R and L Knees together

Stephen Kesting is a good friend of mine and I own a bunch of his DVDs and Apps. The following video has a detailed explanation of the fundamental triangle choke sequence. While I have never met Elliot I think he is also an excellent instructor. There is a wealth of info in their spider guard series.

Elliott Bayev and Stephan Kesting teach you how to tighten your triangle choke. From ‘Spider Guard Masterclass’, available on DVD – http://www.grapplearts.com/spiderguard


Closed Guard Trap Arm Pressure Pass

I learned this pass from a friend of mine a long time ago and had forgotten a bunch of steps until he retaught it to me recently. While it is in fresh in my mind I figured I better get some “Jiu Jitsu Notes” done on it…

  • Opp has Hero in Closed Guard
  1. Hero R Hand -> Opp L Hip Gi; Hero keeps R Elbow back and tight to R Side
  2. Hero L Hand -> Opp R Wrist Gi; Hero pulls Opp R Arm deep -> Hero L Hip; Again Hero L Elbow stays tight to side.
  3. Hero R Leg steps back and L at about 45 degrees; (AST – At same time) Hero R Knee -> Opp Tail Bone
  4. Hero drives upper body and hips back and L to break Opp Closed Guard
  5. Hero steps L Leg forward and steps on to L foot with Knee bent.
    • Hero keeps L Knee squeezing tightly -> R
  6. Hero L Arm pulls Opp R Arm deep and -> Outside of Hero L Leg
    • Again Hero L Elbow stays tight to side.
  7. Hero L Hand transfers Opp R Wrist Gi -> Hero R Hand
    • Hero pulls Opp R Arm back deep to R Hip
  8. Hero swims L Arm inside and under Opp R Leg (UH)
    • Hero brings Opp L Leg -> Hero L Shoulder
  9. Hero R Hand -> Opp L Gi Collar thumb in
    • Hero can drive forearm across Opp neck to make this uncomfortable
  10. Hero stays up on toes during transition for added pressure; Knees do not touch the ground
  11. Hero R Arm will be under (UH) Opp R thigh after transition to side while still holding Opp R Wrist Gi
    • Hero R Hand can go -> Opp Belt
    • Hero can pull up on Opp Back/Belt to add even more stack pressure
  12. Hero R Arm and Upper body drives Opp on to L Side to complete the pass

Z Guard -> Seated 1/2 Guard Pass -> Knee Shield Pass -> Reverse Step Over -> Knee Bar

This is another terrific sequence but….. it is going to be hard to break down. Will try to be clear as possible…

  • Opp has Hero in R Z Guard
  1. Hero R Arm/Hand (UH) -> Opp L Inner Thigh
  2. Hero L Arm -> Opp L Back of Neck Collar Gi
  3. (AST) Hero turns body -> R and sits L Hip -> Ground
    • Hero is now facing to Opp feet
    • Hero L Knee -> Opp R Hip/Stomach which prevents Opp from turning R into Hero
    • There are a few passing options from here but we are going to say that Hero decides to turn back L to a Knee slice
  4. Hero turns L and Hero R + L Hands -> L + R above Opp Head; (AST)
  5. Hero L Leg posts -> L; Hero R Knee -> Ground
    • this is kind of like a knee slice
    • in this case Opp 1/4 guards Hero R Ankle
  6. Hero L leg reverse steps backwards -> Opp L side
    • Hero is again facing Opp Feet
  7. Hero L Hand -> Opp R Ankle
  8. Hero Head/Torso -> L and towards Opp Feet (AST) Hero R Hand -> Opp R Leg Back of knee
  9. Hero R Leg drives deep between Opp Legs (try to get hip on hip)
    • this is critical to set up for the knee bar
    • Hero needs to drive both legs deep -> Opp BackGlute area
  10. Hero R + L Ankle cross
  11. Hero L Arm Swims (UH) inside Opp L Leg
    • from here Hero can finish knee bar by driving Hips forward
    • if this fails there is also an ankle lock -> Opp R ankle
  12. Hero L Hand -> tip of Opp R foot; Hero L Arm (UH) Opp R Shin and Hero R Hand -> Hero L Forearm
    • Hero finishes ankle lock here

Okay those are the notes from one of my latest classes. I really like the movement ideas that are in this sequence but…. while doing a bit of research I came across one of Dean Lister’s youtube video which kind of destroys a couple of things above in relation with attacking the Knee bar and the Ankle Lock so I attached his video below. I am a big fan of Dean Lister and hope to train with at his gym one day.



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 leaning to Opp 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 L 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.