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Having “Hips Of Doom” When You Pass The Guard In BJJ/MMA

By April 11, 2014 June 27th, 2018 No Comments

People always ask me about how I can make myself feel so heavy on the ground. Most of the time from passing the guard or side control situations.

It’s funny because all the kids call this the “hips of doom”. I like that, haha. Let’s take a closer look at this subject…

Learning How To Be Heavy In Your Training, It Can Be Learned.

I guess I should start by pointing out, this pressure and heavy on top stuff didn’t come to me overnight. It took a long time for me to develop this type of style.

In fact, I’m pretty sure I didn’t have that kind of pressure until I was well past my 10th year of training in Brazilian “Gracie” Jiu Jitsu.

The key to making yourself feel much heavier then you are is all in the style of guard passing used. For me, I learned what’s commonly called “Pressure Passing”.

That’s when you learn to pass the guard using downward pressure, most of the time from your hips and core. Over time you’ll learn how to make yourself feel way heavier then you really are.

A name that comes to mind when I think of pressure guard passing is former UFC Champ George St Pierre. “GSP” His pressure passing is the stuff of legend and pretty much, if GSP gets on top you don’t get out.

Another big name who’s also a pressure pass type of guy is former Strikeforce champ and Ceaser Gracie Black Belt Jake Shields.

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I admit, in this pic i was a bit heavier then normal thanks to lots of pizza and burgers. Poor Holden

Who uses the best pressure passing in the BJJ world?

We touched on the big time MMA names. Now, In the BJJ world, the great pressure guard passers that come to my mind are listed below:

  • Roger Gracie
  • Marcelo Gracia
  • Mario Sperry
  • Robson Moura

Long story short, you don’t want any of the above mentioned named on top of you. That’s not good at all. The other really cool thing about pressure passing is it works for everything. Gi, Nogi, MMA, Self Defense. It’s one size fits all.

If you learn how to use your weight while passing the guard believe me, success will surely follow. It won’t be long before you start to feel like a ton of bricks on top of your poor training partner or opponent.

Step one is working with a good teacher who knows this subject inside and out. Then practice and practice some more.

Just remember it’s going to take some time to develop this type of game. The guard passing with pressure stuff can be very challenging. So, Be patient, take your time and focus on the details. Like I always say, the devils in the details.

Today I tossed in some videos of the best guard passing, pressure having folks in the world today. Watch, study and learn.

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