Stephan Kesting shows how to pass guard essential concepts video

These 4 top tips on how to guard pass can improve anyone's game, and can be used to pass guard at all levels, and in any sport from BJJ to MMA. BJJ Blackbelt Stephan Kesting shows how in this great video.

Becoming great at grappling can sometimes be as simple as mastering the basics and making them the strongest foundation to your game that everything else stands upon. In this video Stephan Kesting of GrappleArts.com and BeginningBJJ.com shows 4 core concepts that can improve anyone's guard passing game. As I've found with most things when training in the martial arts, the brilliance of a technique or concept can often lie within its simplicity.

In this video you'll learn the following concepts on how to pass the guard:

  • The importance of Grip Fighting in every aspect of grappling, be it in any sport including MMA. He / She who controls the grips, controls the fight.
  • Not to be a 'One Trick Pony', being multi dimensional for your guard passing is important, with not only different Guard Pass techniques, but also different directions in applying them.
  • Speed and Pressure are important aspects of passing, with some passes that will only work with the right speed and mobility, and some passes that will only work with the right 'heavyness' and pressure. Which ones to focus on also depends on your physical make up and ability (small and quick, big and slow, or any other combination you can think of).
  • Stabilise the pass - all the hard work of a guard pass can be undone if you don't secure the position you end up in, the opponent re-guards and it's back to the drawing board.


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