When you’re trying to pass your opponent’s guard you can use either standing or kneeling guard passes.
(Of course if you’re dealing with the closed guard you have an additional decision to make, namely whether you first stand or kneel to break the closed guard open in the first place.)
Anyhow, there’s a tendency for modern BJJ players to use more standing, mobility based passes, especially in no gi.
But there’s a lot more to it…
In the video below Rob Biernacki and I sit down to discuss BJJ guard passing from a strategic point of view.
When should you pass standing and when should you pass on your knees? When should you go for submission based guard passes and when should you try to force your opponent into a different type of guard? And more!
Check it out below…
A couple more things…
First, check out Rob’s groundbreaking BJJ Formula at grapplearts.com/bjjformula and his amazing leglock instructional at grapplearts.com/leglocks/. They’re both absolutely excellent instructionals that will really help your game.
Secondly, once in a while I take the audio content of my videos and include it in my podcast (in addition to all the interviews, rants, and other episodes that are there already).
It’s called The Strenuous Life Podcast.
And episode 176 covers the topic I’m talking about today – standing vs kneeling guard passes in BJJ.
Here are the links to find the podcast on various players:
- Apple Podcasts (the purple app on your iPhone)
- Google Podcasts (the new google podcast app)
- Spotify (it’s free)
- Google Play
Or you can stream the audio here: