If you have been doing BJJ for any length of time you have asked yourself this question! Rickson Gracie once said, “the guard is the heart and soul of jiu jitsu”. If you haven’t already noticed, the guard is where you’ll be spending most of your time on the mat. Whether you are fighting off your back or trying to pass, the guard is one of the most intricate and in-depth positions in the art of jiu jitsu.
Getting stuck in Half Guard is not something that a lot of BJJ students look forward to. While in it, not only are you and your training partner in a sort-of-a stalemate situation… But it can also get quite tedious to watch, especially if neither you nor your training partner know what to do.
The Esgrima Pass is one of those old school techniques that most BJJ practitioners find out works well for them… Especially because it’s used to pass Half Guard.
Here’s how to execute the Esgrima Pass, as shown by Xande Ribeiro:
World Champion Xande Ribeiro teaches the half guard passing method that he uses at the elite level, with concepts different to his game that you can benefit from.
- Use some of Xande’s half guard passing concepts like the crab walk, the super hold, and the diamond trap to smash your way through the guard easier than ever.
- Stop common forms of half guard like the deep half with Xande’s advice on how to technically stay a step ahead.