Tripod passing is a very effective and high pressure way of passing guards made popular by Murilo Santana.
The Tripod is one of the hardest guard passes to deal with. If your opponent knows what they are doing, it is a real nightmare…
Anybody who watches the IBJFF black belt divisions knows Murilo Santana.
People know Murilo Santana’s awesome, pressure style of passing that he uses to dominate his opponents. His signature pass is the tripod pass. He uses it to pass even the toughest of guards.
The tripod is a high percentage guard pass but it does have weaknesses. One of the most common way of countering is the head push. When you redirect the opponent’s head, you can completely unravel the pass, and you put the passer in a different passing lane, which gives you the opportunity to escape your hips and recompose. The head push is probably the most common way to defend the pass, but it is itself easy to counter…
In this video, Rob Berniacki gives a great breakdown of the tripod pass:
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- Murilo shows you how to troubleshoot this system with insights he has gained over decades of experience.
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