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Game changing Guard passing Concept | Leg Drag

Leg drag’s change the BJJ guard passing Game

If you watch BJJ / Jiu-Jitsu actively you have got to agree all the best passers have a few techniques/ ideas in commong one we can not overlook to develop a complete passing and attacking guard is the Leg Drag..

The idea of crossing a guys legs up and passing back in towards the legs im sure is nothing new BUT given the number of highly level players using its the leg drags taken on a life of its own. Applicable from just about every position you dont want to overlook this guard passing strategy.


Some background on this game changer

First time i saw it clearly demonstrated was Chekmat BJJ leader Leo Viera teaching it in Hawaii in the mid 2000’s.

Prior to that your see it in scrambles in matches as early as the  90’s and even a really primitive version some times in mma but now as i said its take on a life of its own.

Remember grips and hand position are going to vary but the overall goal of spiting the knees is what im calling the leg drag for the same of this post (some people look at it as a step in using a weave to pass as well)

Common uses

1-Passing delariva guard

Variation off the Torreando guard pass

This is a really good as it highlight my point about the movement being more powerful than any one grip

Guard passing grandmasters (mendes bros in action)

Here is a solid highlight that really shows how variable the concept is, Rafa and Gui Mendes put this passing sequence to serious work always keeping the guard player under pressure the brothers and rodolfo veira are two sets of mundial champions who make the leg drag a staple in their grappling toolkit.

here is a highlight of RAFA Mendes using it in every possible way

Mississauga BJJ students be ready we are hitting the leg drag hard this week so touching up on these videos is only going to help.



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Mississauga BJJ |Smart Growth in Jiu-Jitsu

Core bjj and grappling | pointing at the moon as you watch my finger

Now don’t get me wrong, i’m not claiming to be a mind reader BUT after many years teaching group BJJ & Martial Arts Classes i know what you are thinking 🙂

i know doubt the veracity of what i’m saying but that doesn’t really matter 🙂 when teaching I know exactly what the crowd is thinking..

the first couple years teaching you are trying to figure out your specific personal style and deliver of the message /techniques. I was lucky to start training in grappling under a man (sylvain moroney)  who I still believe has one of the best system for teaching everyday “normal” people interested in Jiu-Jitsu.

syl moroney bjj

I’t didn’t take long for me to pick up the same flow and over the years add my own taste to it.  all in all id say im pretty effective as an instructor and convey the idea’s to the students well BUT there is still the #1 issue facing every leader of a class..

What do you do when the crowd just don’t care about what you’re talking about???


not paying attention in class mississauga bjj coach knows

I told you know what you’re thinking.. lol

I look out at the crowd 25-40 faces some are thinking about randon tv shows,  some others just want me to shut up so they can start rolling and try that new move they saw on Youtube , and then there are about 25 percent, they are tuned in on the same frequency, and following the system.

“Breaking news= it may or not be a coincidence but these 20-25 percent of the class are also the the most effective with their jiu-jitsu” hmmmmm?

Easy way to be better than your instructor?

It really shouldnt be that hard when you think about it.. if you have a sincere instructor really most interested in developing your skills , they would teach you everything they knew “at the right time” all their best tricks tactics and moves. Baring physical attributes and mat time etc that means you would have the advantage of all thier knowledge + the new positions and techniques being innovated every day.

Unlikely 1997 BJJ student can do much vs 2017 BJJ student unless 2017 was asleep in class..

the answer to that is simple.. if you are skipping the valuable yet sometimes not all the exciting concepts your instructor is teaching you (fundamentals) that they gained through years of training then there is a good possibility that no matter how new you favourite technique is that you will walk head first into the trap and no know what is going on until its too late.

Fabio Gurgel said it best modern BJJ is by far superior to that of old “due to innovation and sheer number of people practicing now” IF you learn and pay attention to the foundational lessons being taught in class. If you try to skip head you are taking your chances  wasting valuable time trying to re-invent the wheel 

(its a great watch but if you just want the quote in context skip to 3 min mark)


speaking of fundamentals white belt class was a lot of fun this week as i stepped in to cover thar’s vacation growing quickly with lots of new faces..






A tough lesson in womens BJJ | From MMA to the Gi

Rio Open BJJ | Womens Champion learns a harsh lesson

I had to post about the recent match between members of the powerhouse Gracie Humaita womens  bjj team.

Last week you had two champions square off with  Mcenzie Dern(currently focusing on mma) stepping up to compete at the rio open vs Current GI Champion Bia Mesquita.

It goes without saying transitioning from 1 sport to another is tricky, but in high level sport BJJ that is extremely true.

Without a doubt there are some transferable skills and you always have the base of your Jiu-Jitsu skills /knowledge even if you are doing more no-gi or mma but in a tournament where being that sharp on controls and gi based positioning is so crucial it’s nearly impossible!!!

Actually let me go out on a limb say it’s IMPOSSIBLE 🙂

If you are an mma fighter putitng in all the time cross training without a gi its impossible to go and dominate at elite level of sport bjj competition, ive never seen it happen and it aint gonna happen any time soon.

Take a look at the match below

positoning, rules, timing and flow of the match is so different in IBJJF based competion that to go from mma to that is a tall task.

Ive found a huge part of being sucessfull at MMA is ditching the ego and testing yourself in a variety of skill sets that may not be your home base or forte , knowing that ultimately your plan is to put everything together.. BUT the GI is particularly harsh because there is so little cross over skill set wise. No gi / wrestling  is a bit different, but with Grips being the first thing to go in terms of positioning, its a tough situation to be in knowing what you want to do but being a step behind in the kimono..

All that aside  congrats to McKenzie for taking the step to the mats at such a high level while doing mma, it makes for some entertaining match ups no gi but  this is the reason even mma’s best grapplers don’t really delve to deeply into Elite BJJ competition.

p.s here is Alan Belcher getting ready for copa podio ( he got killed in that tourney but couldn’t find any footage online)

still respect for putting yourself outside of the box to get better if more people do the same all martial arts will only get better. That’s why we encourage cross training at our Mississauga martial arts academy


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