How to do The Bullfighter Pass in Brazilian Jiu Jistu

How to do The Bullfighter Pass in Brazilian Jiu Jistu

A Fundamental Guard Pass

Want to learn how to do the Bullfighter Pass?  It’s one of the fundamental guard passes in Brazilian Jiu Jistu.  The Bullfighter Pass capitalizes on freedom of movement to allow the guard passer to quickly navigate around the legs into a dominant position. When the Bullfighter Pass is setup correctly, the guard player will have no useful grips with which to track their opponent, keep their legs in stable position, and then control the distance. This coming week we will focus on how to complete the Bullfighter Pass as well as how to counter it. :]

The Bullfighter Pass has 3 major phases:

These phases include the set up before the passer gets their grip on the pants, the pass once grips are established, and lastly, the transition from passing grips to dominant upper-body grips (seat belt for taking the back, knee-on-belly, side control, etc.) Here are some things to keep in mind:

1) Setting up Before the Grip:

Since there is no contact between you and your partner, fast movements are harder to counter (lack of contact is kind of like a cat without its whiskers: much harder to feel what’s going on around you!). With this in mind, attack for your grips with the tenacity that you would punch; act fast and be vigilant!  Use a tight monkey grip to attach yourself to your opponent’s pants and bury your knees into their shins.

2) During the Pass:

Once you have the grips to pass, you are not simply going to kamikaze your way into side control! The guard passer should work to move their opponent’s legs to the floor and away from them but at the same time, have enough sensitivity in their hands, elbows and shoulders to feel how their opponent is responding and follow their counters with the appropriate guard pass.

3) Finishing the Pass:

Once the guard passer moves beyond the hip-line of the guard player (meaning that the person passing the guard has placed their upper-body and knees past their opponent’s belt-line), they must establish upper-body control (seatbelt to take the back, side control, etc.). Instead of simply letting go of the grips and trying to scramble to control their head, remember to control them with your legs as much as possible (perhaps ‘re-winding’ their hip into the knee-between position), and then acquire the upper-body control.

Here is a great video of World Champion Leandro Lo discussing his version of the Bullfighter Pass:

Take care!

-Coach T

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