Love it or hate it, you will spend a large part of your time on the mats trying to pass the guard. So it’s worth investing some time getting good at passing.
However, like the mythical one-punch KO, it’s rarely the first pass that gets the job done.
You need to create combinations of passes and transition based on your opponent’s reactions. Each movement should take you one step closer to your goal, and you keep linking techniques until you’re in a position where your opponent can’t defend.
So, how do you learn to transition between passes?
One way is to train combinations of passes with your partner providing the correct counter-response. Drilling like this will help you start to understand what to do in specific situations and begin to improve your reaction time.
To help illustrate the concept, and give you something to practice, here is a flow drill I call the “Round The World Drill”. This sequence of passes is a great way to warm up, but will also improve your guard passing transition speed. Check out the drill below:
Here’s the sequence with each technique being performed on both sides:
– Leg Drag
– Duck Under
– Jump Over
– Windshield Wiper Over Top
– Knee On Belly Switch
– Top Spin
– Chair Sit
Don’t have access to a training partner? Try the solo version of the Round The World Drill.
Here’s a 15-minute solo drilling training plan to help you practice the sequence.
Minute 1: One are leg drag
Minute 2: Jump over
Minute 3: Windshield Wiper Over Top
Minute 4: Knee On Belly Switch
Minute 5: Top Spin
Minute 6: Arm Bars
Minute 7: Leg Drag -> Jump Over
Minute 8: Jump Over -> Windshield Wiper Over Top
Minute 8: Windshield Wiper Over Top -> Knee On Belly Switch
Minute 9: Knee On Belly Switch -> Top Spin
Minute 10: Leg Drag -> Jump Over -> Windshield Wiper Over Top
Minute 11: Knee On Belly Switch -> Top Spin -> Arm Bar
Minute 12-15: Leg Drag -> Jump Over -> Windshield Wiper Over Top -> Knee On Belly Switch -> Top Spin -> Arm Bar
These drills are just two of many included in Escapology Online. To learn more about how Escapology Online and get your free trial visit: http://escapologybjj.com/online