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David Avellan
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This is probably the weirdest way to open guard that I know of. You might watch this and think, "That will never work!"

But it does.

I have done this in competition against a BJJ Black Belt to open his guard en route to a heel hook victory. It is one of those moves I forgot about it, but I'm going to bring it back. :)

I can guarantee that 99.99% of people have never seen or felt this before, so you will definitely catch people by surprise. Plus, it can put you into a very powerful ankle lock and even a Boston crab submission. Definitely worth having in your back pocket.
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#TrueTalkTuesdays 5

Everyone should be a top player.

As sport BJJ has blown up, we have seen many athletes who have specialized in being "bottom players." They specialize in closed guard, half guard, turtle guard, 50/50, etc. They will sit to guard and butt scoot their way around the mats. I have seen competitors race to the bottom by sitting immediately, where it is uncertain who is top and who is bottom.

Submission only tournaments, like EBI, have allowed these types of players to thrive, as they do not fear losing by points and embrace the bottom positions more. As someone who started martial arts for self defense purposes, this trend seems like BJJ jumped the shark.
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Butterfly guard can be tricky to work against, so it pays off to be trickier. :)

I came up with this pass LONG time ago. I don't know the exact moment at time, but I just know at some point I started doing this and teaching it.

I have never seen anyone else do this, and I have had a lot of success using it. Sometimes you can jump a quick arm bar, but at the very least you will have knee on belly. It's great because you take advantage of everyone's natural tendency to hold on to your head.
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Butterfly guard can be a very dangerous guard to work against. There are a lot of submissions, sweeps, and stand up opportunities for the bottom player.

That is why you want to cut the wings of that butterfly as quickly as possible.

The best way of doing that is by using the Hook Switch. This is when you remove one hook and pass their other hook to your outside hip. This puts them in a really bad spot that you can then pass with ease.
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I am very well known for my Kimura game, so it should not surprise you that I have a Kimura Pass from half guard. :)

This is one of my go to passing sequences. I can setup this Kimura Pass on just about any one - especially if they are trying to be aggressive bottom player.

What I love about this pass is that:

1. It distracts your opponent
2. Pins your opponent
3. Gives you a submission option after the pass
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The stack pass series is a powerful way of passing with pressure. It doesn't require speed - just solid technique and massive amounts of pressure to melt your opponent.

When stacking (either double or single), a common defense is to post their arm on your hip. This makes it difficult go generate the amount of pressure needed to finish. That is when this technique comes in handy - the post chop.

Watch the posture my legs adopt (I call the flamingo pose), as it is vital to get the best results.
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Winning the Under Hook battle from half guard is an important part of controlling the position.

As the bottom player, your sweep game opens up, submissions, and escapes are all possible with that under hook.

As the top player, it always you to easily flatten your opponent and passing becomes much easier.

BUT, it is not everything. In fact, sometimes I like it when they get the under hook, because I can use this sneaky pass we call the Fantasma Pass - the Ghost Pass in Spanish.
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The Inside Trip is a great take down that when hit right will floor your opponent and remove any possibility of scrambling out.

Why?

Because you will land inside their guard, so it is very difficult for the bottom person to scramble when you are between their hips. While it might be the highest scoring position, if you are dealing with a feisty person that is hard to keep down, landing in the guard is ideal to secure top position.

The Russian 2 on 1 is a great position to hit it from, as you will be able to remove their arm completely out of the way - giving you a clear path to hit your inside trip.
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Most clinches in wrestling come naturally. Head and arm, Over Under, and Under Hooks are pretty easy to get by accident.

The Russian 2 on 1, however, is not something you stumble upon by accident. Untrained people generally have no idea what it is and how to deal with it, so it gives you that south paw edge if you learn it well.

One of the first techniques every wrestler learns from the 2 on 1 is the throw by. It is simple, effective, and easy to setup - my favorite type of move. :)
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I remember when I first learned this back in high school I thought it was a bull crap move. It looked like it wouldn't work.

That is until I actually drilled it and quickly learned it works quite well!

The key to the Cross Knee Block is to get the opponent to move towards the knee you will block. This doesn't work statically - you have to create momentum by turning your opponent.

As a bonus, you can easily land right in an arm bar after the take down. :)
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