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.

Double Leg Takedown

  • Opp and Hero are standing with R Leg forward
  • Opp and Hero have hands up and knees slightly bent in athletic position
  1. Hero  R Leg steps forward -> between Opp Legs (AST) Hero drops his level
  2. Hero takes shot; Hero Right knee drops forward -> Ground; Hero L Leg is posted L
  3. Hero Torso stays vertical; Hero Head -: Opp R Hip
    • Hero Head and Hips are up
    • Hero hits this position tightly and tries to knock Opp back
    • Hero eyes look in the direction of the take down -> R
  4. Hero R + L Hands -> back of Opp R + L Legs
  5. Hero steps up hard with the L Leg and drives Opp hard 90 degrees-> R for takedown

Below is a terrific breakdown by Bruce Steinel on the Double Leg Takedown. He has a bunch of good wrestling videos to learn from.

The Second video posted under MMA Coach on youtube is excellent and shows 6 common mistakes that occur when trying execute a Double Leg. This video has been very helpful to me as I am see myself making these mistakes in each of the points that he makes in the video.


Modified Palm Up/Palm Down Choke from Mount

Modified Palm Up/Palm Down Choke from Mount

  • Hero is mounted on Opp
  1. Hero R Hand -> Opp R Lapel 4 Fingers In
    • Opp now knows that you are going for a cross choke
  2. Hero L Arm -> inside Opp R Arm; Hero L Hand -> Mat and then Hero transitions L Elbow -> Mat
    • this helps isolate/kill Opp R Arm
    • Hero probably needs to lean slightly -> L to keep from being tossed/swept
  3. Hero L Arm reaches around -> top of Opp Head
    • Hero L Thumb -> Opp L Collar Gi; Hero Grips the collar
  4. Hero Forehead -> mat next to Opp L Head/Neck
    • this stabilizes Hero in position to keep from being swept again
    • this also allows room for elbow to come across Opp face in next step
  5. Hero L Wrist/Forearm -> Opp L face; grind across Opp face
    • Opp will defend this grinding action with R Hand which leads to step 6
    • Hero is driving Opp Head into Hero R Wrist
  6. Hero lets L Forearm slide onto Opp neck and drives Forearm down to the mat to finish choke
  7. Hero drops chest down on top of L Wrist/Forearm to  apply more pressure during Choke.

I found this modification in to the Palm Up/Palm Down Choke in the following video. Keenan Cornelius is excellent at breaking down moves. I have found his  videos extremely effective and useful. Really hoping to hit one of his classes one day.

Side Control > Dope Mount > Full Mount

Option #1; Side Control > Dope Mount > Full Mount

  • Hero is in Standard R Side Control
  • Hero L Arm -> Back of Opp  Neck,
  • Hero R Arm (UH) -> Opp L Armpit; Hero Hand -> Opp L Shoulder
  1. Hero L Arm/Hand comes over top of Opp Head -> Opp L Neck; Hero L Hand (UH) -> Opp L Armpit
  2. Hero R Arm/Hand -> Opp L Hip
  3. Hero reverse scissors backwards; R leg steps backwards; L leg is front
    • Hero is in high ‘Reverse Kesa’
  4. Hero R Hand -> Opp L Knee; Hero pulls Opp L knee R -> Ground
  5. Hero forward steps R Leg -> (OH) Opp L Leg (AST) Hero pivots hips to drop R Hip -> ground
    1. Hero is now in ‘Dope Mount’
    2. Opp is now on R Side
    3. Hero has Opp L Leg trapped
  6. Hero can now come to full mount by stepping/slidding R leg -> Opp L Hip Area and on to the mat on the Opp L side.

Option #2: Side Control > Dope Mount > Full Mount

  • Hero is in Standard R Side Control
  • Hero L Arm -> Back of Opp  Neck,
  • Hero R Arm (UH) -> Opp L Armpit; Hero Hand -> Opp L Shoulder
  1. Hero R Arm (UH -‘underhook’) -> Opp R Leg/Thigh(from outside to inside) and (OH-‘overhook’) Opp Left Leg/Thigh (inside to outside).
    • this position makes it very difficult for the Opp to turn into you.
    • Hero R Hand ends up hooking Opp L Thigh
  2. Hero steps R Leg/Knee -> Opp R Leg; Hero uses body and R Leg to drive Opp on to L side.
    • Opp L Leg is on the bottom and R Leg will be driven into the ground
    • Hero R Leg/shin traps Opp L Leg -> ground
  3. Hero switches knees by bringing L Knee between Opp legs and posting R Leg -> R
    • This position is generally called the ‘dope mount’
  4. Hero ‘crossfaces’ Opp by driving R shoulder to Opp neck/face
    • this flattens Opp out on to back and shoulders
  5. Hero R Knee slides into Opp L Chest/Side
  6. Hero comes to full mount by stepping L leg to Opp R Chest/Side

The Instructor in the following video does a great job of demonstrating Option #2. This video was posted in Youtube by BQuick Jiu Jitsu Europe. At the end of the video you can watch students practicing the transition.