I watch a lot of instructional videos online and from DVD’s explicitly for the purpose of searching out the few fundamental principles and techniques. I’m a big believer in knowing just a few techniques (1-2 from every position) and then figuring out the dozens of ways to enter into those techniques and also the little details that make them work.
I think that a good instructor is very important in putting you on the right path with a technique. JW’s x-pass is a good example of that for me. But it can’t stop there. It’s up to me to really explore and understand WHY what is supposed to work does work.
I’ve been on that journey in gi for a while with the x-guard, butterly guard, gi chokes, smash pass, x-pass, etc, but in no-gi I’m still a complete newbie in many ways, lost without any real fundamental principles to cling to. I haven’t quite found a guard pass to believe in, and drill the crap out of. This post is just a bunch of videos that I found interesting. The search continues…
Jean Jacques Machado shows some basics. I like the standing pass with wrist control. He also offers some footlock options which I would really like to avoid as (in my mind) that departs from the whole “fundamentals” thing that I’m after. I really like jumping the hips forward when the opponent opens his legs and drops his hips:
Now, here’s a beautiful no-gi x-pass by JT Torres. I just found it, and it clicked. I will definitely have to work this:
Saulo throwing down some philosophy and an excellent explosive pass. What I like is he emphasizes not lingering in the closed guard.
Marcelo shows the jump-over butterfly pass:
And then, Marcelo shows a standing closed guard pass with behind the back wrist control. Looks tricky.
Robson Moura shows an even trickier step-over pass of the butterfly guard:
Mario Sperry shows a pass of the butterfly guard where you loop your arm around and grab the opposite foot:
I’ll start getting reps in on the Saulo, JT, and Marcelo (butterfly) passes and see where that takes me.