A huge thanks to Royler Gracie for one of the best seminars that we can remember. Royler visited our St. Augustine branch at Ancient City Martial Arts. Royler showed an amazing array of self-defense techniques and very technical closed guard, open guard and butterfly guard passes. Thanks to Victor for bringing his master to St. Augustine and thanks to Michael for your awesome facility.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a constantly evolving martial art with hundreds of attacks, defenses and positions. But the beauty of the art is also in its simplicity. Powerful submissions like the cross-choke exploit weaknesses in human physiology and can be utilized by anyone, from Roger Gracie at the Worlds to Victor’s little girl, Kayla.
Against opponents with a strong closed guard, it is often wise to attempt a stand-up pass. Victor shows a great stand-up guard pass by controlling his opponent’s sleeve, standing up with proper posture and passing into side control.
Step 1: Victor sets up correct posture in Raphael’s guard.
Step 2: Victor begins to stand. He’s controlling Raphael’s right sleeve so Victor begins to stand with his left leg.
Step 3: Victor stands up in Raphael’s guard using proper posture
Step 4: Victor switches sleeve control from left hand to right, saves his elbow and begins to make pressure downward on Raphael’s right leg.
Sure that his right elbow is safe, Victor uses his left hand to reach back and open the guard
Step 6: Victor controls his opponent’s leg
Step 7: Victor passes while still controlling the sleeve.