Passing Lasso Guard

  • Make sure you control the pants
  • Sprawl and get their feet to the floor
  • No space!

Dealing with guards can be a real problem especially when people become specialist in the guard. The Lasso is something that we see all the time in gi jiu-jitsu. Not only is it a great offensive tool but it can also be a good “stall” tactics. Which is why it’s so important to have a few moves to pass and shut it down. Keeping our opponents knees together can really help with this. By preventing them from opening up their legs you really shut down a lot of the offense from the move. The other big thing you have to watch out for his them going underneath you or “inverted” to set up all the attacks. If we can narrow down how my opponent can attack the fight becomes easier. While that is a simple statement accomplishing it can be a real struggle. Let’s take a look at some of the details to get this technique to work.

  • Make sure you use both hands to control the leg. The legs are really strong especially when your opponent plays this guard a lot
  • Know the triangle and omapalata can happen and be aware
  • Sprawl with just the one leg to free the hook. Sometimes in this position, you will knee to do a hip car to get the hook off completely to get your opponent in butterfly guard
  • Once they are in butterfly can you set up any pass you like from that position


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