How To Stop Someone From Passing Your Guard


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How To Stop Someone From Passing Your Guard


One of the most difficult skills for the white belt to develop is keeping someone from passing your guard. Passing the guard can be done with technique at the higher levels, but in a match between white belts, sometimes guard passing is easily accomplished with size and strength. Retaining your guard and not letting anyone pass it is a skill that requires finesse, precision and timing.


Here are some of the best video tutorials that I have found that will help the new BJJ player keep their opponents from passing the guard. The first video is a brand new one from Firas Zahabi, coach of legendary MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre.





Leg Lock Tutorial And Training With Eddie Cummings – Firas Zahabi




Leg Lock Tutorial and Training with Eddie Cummings – Firas Zahabi


Sorry white belts in the gi. This particular post may not be the most suitable for you.


If you move onto advanced no-gi or freestyle grappling this new video from Georges St-Pierre’s coach, Firas Zahabi, will prove to be very helpful!


(For now though you can still have a great time attacking with the straight ankle lock!)



The Art of Ukemi: How To Break Your Falls For Jiu Jitsu




The Art of Ukemi: How To Break Your Falls For Jiu


Although most of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu takes place on the ground, it is vitally important for the BJJ white belt to learn to to “breakfall”. Inasmuch as the white belt needs to learn how to take someone down to the ground, they also need to learn how to be taken down safely!


Ukemi comes from the Japanese root verb “ukeru”; to receive. In the sport of Judo, throws (or ippons) are utilized to forcefully throw the opponent to the mat. Therefore breakfalls are taught during the very first classes. In BJJ we do some breakfall drills but it is not always focused on as much as it should be.


Learning how to properly breakfall will teach you how to absorb the force that comes from a strong throw. Check out the videos below to learn how to breakfall safely for Jiu Jitsu.





Hope this post will help keep you safe and injury free in your BJJ journey! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to sign up to our email list for BJJ tips and tricks!


Easy Takedown For White Belts Who Don’t Want To Pull Guard




Easy Takedown For White Belts Who Don’t Want To Pull Guard


Another great video our friend Nick “Chewjitsu” Albin!


Oftentimes white belts will resort to pulling guard in competition out of fear of not having takedown experience. This takedown is low impact and easy to perform. Enjoy!


“I got a question on my blog recently asking about a solid takedown for a white belt with no prior wrestling or judo experience. In the video I share an effective takedown that I show to many of my new students. I’ve seen this technique work numerous times for my students and even myself in competition. It’s simple, effective and even if you haven’t wrestled a ton, is pretty easy to implement into the game.” – Chewjitsu



Stay in touch with Nick by visiting the links below!


Martial Arts with Arifa: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Braulio Estima




Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Braulio Estima


Braulio Estima is one of my favorite Jiu Jitsu fighters.


In this video Jordanian martial artist Arifa Bseiso talks with Braulio and gets him to show the audience a few techniques!


You can follow Arisa on Facebook and on Twitter.


PS. At first I was worried because I wouldn’t understand the language because there are no subtitles. The video is in English after about a minute.



More New Videos To Help You Escape Side Control




More New Videos To Help You Escape Side Control


Side control can be one of the most arduous situations to deal with as a BJJ white belt. If you are tired of being smashed for minutes on end, you are going to love these videos below!


Get out your notebooks because you will not want to forget any of these details. Thanks to Professors Adem Redzovic and James “300” Foster for these valuable insights.










If you want even more techniques to escape side control check out this article here.


I hope that you enjoyed this post and good luck on your BJJ journey!


BJJ Guard Concepts And Submission Chaining




BJJ Guard Concepts And Submission Chaining


This is a 3 hour mega resource featuring techniques from Eddie Bravo, Ryan Hall, Vinny Magalhaes, Rener Gracie and many more!



Hope you enjoyed the video! Good luck in your Jiu Jitsu Journey!