BJJ, BJJ challenges, butterfly pass, double overhook guard pass, drill drill drill, grappling, grappling emotions, guard passing, incremental success, oh god why guard pass, over under pass, white belt problems, Xande Ribeiro
So I’ve been working on this pass since I saw this video, but I didn’t really get it completely until Dean clarified it for me. There’s some details that Xande does not make explicit (at least on the Youtube version of the video), but that make the pass more successful for me. The main detail in particular was to jump 1-2 instead of both legs at once. I had been getting frustrated with it before, since I’d been drilling it over and over with little success, or at least, so to speak, without feeling that the entire thing was precarious. Having tried it a few times while rolling and ending up back in the guard or triangle choked, I guess I was feeling a bit glum over it.
The pass requires good timing and explosiveness. Since I started writing this post in December, I’ve been trying to get this pass over and over again. I have managed to get it sometimes when I’m explosive with it on other white belts, but I have yet to successfully pass over the leg with higher belts. I often just end up in full guard, which I suppose is better than getting mounted, but in the scheme of things, less than ideal. Sometimes I do get into an over under pass situation, which is my favourite pass ever, and I may write a post on it in future. I think my main problem with the double overhook pass is shucking the knees out of the way and maintaining the pinch. I think as long as I drill it a bit more, I might become more successful with it. I have incorporated elements of it into other things I do, like stuffing the feet under, which I do to get to over under. Also, stuffing my leg under the hips of my opponent has become a part of my general passing strategy. In any case, here are the 3 things I think are most important in terms of completing the double overhook pass:
- Stuffing the feet and pinching everything together: keeping everything tight means that you have a better chance of successfully passing over the legs
- Shucking the knees with the overhooks to make more space for passing.
- Stuffing your own leg underneath the hips and almost tabletopping the opponent while climbing up to get full side control
I’m not going to give up on this pass. I know I started trying to drill it at the end of November, and it’s now the end of January, but I feel that it’s a challenge I want to succeed at. It makes me wonder what other people’s grappling challenges are? Comment if you want to share your challenge, and maybe we can help each other work it out. 🙂