3 Simple Tips on Grips and Hooks for Passing Guard
Grips and Hooks for Playing and Passing Guard:
1) Remember Your Range / Determine the Distance:
If you are passing the guard, start your pass before you make contact with your opponent. Use speed and side-to-side movement to get ahead early on the pass. Don’t let your opponent entangle you!
If you are playing guard, remember you always need to be in position to determine the distance between you and your opponent. To do this, you need your legs and hip to be between you and your opponent. So spin, roll, cross your opposite leg over, hip escape, do what you have to do to get a foot / knee between you and them!
2) Break Grips and Hooks / Get Grips and Hooks:
If you are passing the guard, your opponent never has good intentions behind their grips and hooks, so get rid of them! Some hooks / grips are more dangerous than others, so when in doubt, get your head free first!
If you are playing guard, remember to use all of your limbs! Both hands and feet should be engaged in grabbing for grips, moving you and your opponent by driving into the floor or even just having contact with your opponent so you can feel what their next attack will be.
3) Follow-Up / Follow-Through:
If you are passing the guard, always follow your first guard pass attempt with another as your opponent defends. Generally, following up your first pass with a second pass that controls your opponent’s head or switches sides will be the most effective.
If you are playing guard, remember that a good opponent will always fight your sweep attempts. Just because someone has started to fall does not mean they are swept! As soon as your sweep starts to topple your opponent, start to come up and take the top position so you can use your weight and pressure to finalize the sweep.
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