Mind Blown Module 3 Guard Passing – Connecticut

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  1. Nelson T April 4, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Henry! Could you show us how to aproach the butterfly guard? For what I have seen, I have a feeling you´ll pass through the middle…..

  2. LUKE M April 4, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Re: De La Riva

    In the video about passing DLR, your opponent’s DLR was rather shallow. Do you alter your pass if the opponent has his leg much farther through, almost to your far leg and the other, free leg, is pushing against your knee. All while the opponent is using a sleeve grip and collar grip.

  3. Thomas E April 4, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Hey Henry. Could you show how you would pass a shin to shin guard and how you would engage someone that’s in a seated guard when you are standing. Much appreciated.

  4. LUKE M April 4, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Sleeve grip OR collar grip.

  5. Francisco J April 4, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    The aprouch to pass the spider guard.

  6. Marcelo C April 4, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Hopefully not off topic– other than. grips (overhooks, under hooks, C clamps, etc), are there any tweaks to this style of passing for no gi? Particularly when leglocks are legal? Thank you.

  7. Eric S April 4, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Henry, Do you have any advice on how to safely close the distance on an opponent that is already on the ground? Occasionally opponents will windmill their legs and make it difficult to create a connection to their bodies without getting kicked (intentionally or unintentionally) in the process.

    Additionally, could you demonstrate some examples of how you might change the angle and break the connection on few different parts of your body? For example it would be helpful to see how you address an opponent’s connection (usually with their foot) to your bicep, shoulder, hip, or knee.

    Thanks for all your help!

  8. Jeff W April 4, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Henry, my favorite module so far, a conceptual game changer!


    1) You are deflecting and passing at the strongest point of connection, correct?

    2) I know it’s a mistake to let your opponent get underneath you, but time permitting can you share some concepts and ideas on how you would approach nullifying and passing X-Guard, Single Leg X-Guard, and Deep Half-Guard?

    Thank you!

  9. Kevin D April 4, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Henry. I find that stiff arm escapes are especially effective as a defence when my opponent is passing my guard with his bottom leg extended to the front the way that you recommend in your passing videos this month. I often have to bail when my opponent gets a straight arm to my bicep and uses his other as base to reverse me. I usually try to pull my arm back when i feel this to get ahead of his grip but if i leave it too late and he gets a good connection to my bicep the best i can usually do is retreat back as he composes his guard once more. Is there something I should be doing differently. This is primarily for nogi although i imagine this escape would be even stronger in the to. The situation i am imagining is when passing to my opponents right hand side they’re using their left hand in my left bicep and basing on their right elbow. Thank you

  10. CHANG H April 4, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Hi Henry, Could you show us how to pass the reverse de la rive guard? Thank you.

  11. John W April 4, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    A few months ago I was in this guys guard where he had both of my sleeves (cats paw grip) pulling and his feet in my hips (pushing) I had a bit of a hard time getting out of this. I asked my instructor how to deal with this and he said to walk into him engaging your hips. To me it seems that I would be in danger of getting trampolined (swept) Just wanted your input on how to deal with this thanks.

  12. Jody C April 4, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Hi Henry, I have some training partners with long legs who really lock me into the closed gaurd. Standing opens me to sweeps, the knee in the middle make me tipable and breaking the ankles from kneeling can be very difficult. Could you please share the best ways to open / break the closed gaurd so I can then use the open gaurd techniques you have shown. Thank for your help.

  13. Taku I April 4, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Hi professor Henry!!

    Could you show how to pass worm guard?

  14. Francisco J April 5, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Hi, Henry. Could you show us the passing when the opponent does a lasso with one leg a put the other leg on the biceps?

  15. Francisco J April 5, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Henry, I have problems passing the no gi rubber guard. I’ve tryed to figure out how to pass it using principles, but I don’t have much succes. Any ideia on this subject?

  16. Foren S April 5, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Hello Professor,
    I’m having difficulties passing the spider guard. Either I got balloon swept or triangle choked from relaxing my body and projecting my weight to make them suffer. How do you deal with this? And how do you avoid from getting punched when you project your weight forward? Thanks a lot prof!

  17. Jeff W April 6, 2017 at 7:34 am

    3rd question, Henry, do you bring your knees in to jam butterfly hooks the same way you bring them in to jam knee shield in the Z-Guard module.

    This seemed logical to me while trying to apply these concepts to passing butterfly. Thanks!

  18. Bobby H April 7, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Hi Henry when guard passing is there any particular configuration of the opponents legs etc. that you are looking for when you go to pass someone who is seated or someone on their back with legs up? I’m referring to Avalanche passing the opponent before they have a chance to tie you up in a particular guard, for example do you look to step between their legs and then just collapse on them or do you have another approach? Thank you.

  19. Mohamad H April 9, 2017 at 7:54 am

    I am beginning to understand the concept of shifting weight to displace structure. My problem so far is once I get almost chest to chest the guy on bottom will fight for the underhook & start to build up eventually “sweeping” me & reverse the position. How do i deal with that?

  20. Azrai A April 10, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Henry,

    Can you explain more about passing thru the middle with the knee slide once you have redirected their knee shield? I find that once I start my slide my other foot always gets stuck in their half guard yet when I see you do it, you manage to free both legs when passing with the knee slide. Can you show the details of knee slide pass with one knee leading and then with the other knee leading. Thanks.

  21. Ramon L April 11, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Hi Henry…the collar and sleeve guard. Also, I see a few De la Riva guard request as well but can you take it one step further and cover when the opponent starts to Berimbolo. Lastly, are you able to record the webinar and share it on the in the Hidden JJ site or on the mind blown site, I am traveling that day and will not be able to catch you guys live.

    Ramon, 50 years old, purple belt, New Zealand

  22. Jan G April 14, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Hi Henry,

    the question I have is more on defense. How do you deal with the leg drag position when the opponent is passing


  23. Charles F April 14, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Hi Henry. I have been trying to write a list of the necessary steps for open guard passing: 1. Lean weight on opponent 2. Get rid of anything blocking you from getting chest to chest. 3. Cut angle to get chest to chest. 4. Get chest to chest. 5. Turn around that point on chest to chest. Does this list look correct?

    • Henry A June 19, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      I think you’re trying to complicate things, try to just understand the concepts of weight distribution and angles to kill then apply that to what’s blocking you while trying to soak up as much space as possible

  24. Michael W April 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Hi Henry, I believe you and Rickson Gracie are primarily Closed Guard specialists and for good reason. Can you demonstrate how you use these core principles to pass the “Closed Guard?” Thank you.

    • Henry A June 19, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      There is no passing the closed guard, you must open the legs first so therfore you oly pass the open guard

  25. Matt M April 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Can help me understand how I can shift my weight and change my angle to pass this specific situation:

    You are on your knees, your opponent has their feet on your hips, their right knee is connected to your left shoulder, their right hand is holding the back of your neck creating a counter point to their knee on your shoulder, their left hand is holding your right wrist.


  26. Jeffrey S April 14, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    …Knee shield: check,
    ….De la Riva check… But if you’re a little late with the de la Riva pass, how do you squash the berimbolo sweeps?

  27. Jonathan G April 14, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Hi Henry,

    Sometimes when I am coming around the leg when stack passing, the guy will stiff arm or frame against my elbow/tricep/armpit and then bring his other leg back to “stand up in base” but on his knees. (Basically, think Marcelo’s sit up escape from side mount). How do I deal with that stiff arm?

    Also, if you haven’t addressed x-guard and single-x yet, please do.


  28. piotr r April 15, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Hi HEnry, awsome module, changed my passing forever. Best thing about it is also how tired it gets my training partner/opponent due to him having to carry my weight :) Question1: How do you deal with proficient butterfly guard player. One that has strong frames and moves his hips away from underneath you not to let himself be pinned. Question2: How do you deal with someone that gets underneath you in half butterfly/deep half?

  29. piotr r April 15, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Another question: once you are free from his grips, do you make your own grips before passing? Randomly throwing yourself on an opponent doesnt work for me, I usually push myself onto his kneeshield and work from there. Basically I ask: how do you approach and make first connection to initiate passing/

  30. jesper s April 15, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Hi Henry!

    Could you show the Helio Gracie guard pass (original pass) with double underhooks or one underhook (triangle position).
    What is the critical details, apex of the move and so fort.

    Regards Jesper

    • Henry A June 19, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      I don’t know the Helio Gracie guard pass, I never trained with him although I met him on several occassions. I only trained with Rickson, his way of doing things was very different from his brothers so I assume it’s also different from Helio’s

  31. Ben L April 15, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Greetings. Love the Sweeps module.

    First question: Are you going to have a Take-downs module?

    Second question: Are you going to expand the Turtle module?


    • Henry A June 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Yes and Yes, filmed both those recently

  32. joseph e April 15, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I’ve been practicing the passing a lot lately. It’s been working great! I have a question about a problem. It seems like I’m giving my neck to collar chokes too much. what should I be focusing on doing with my hands? Also sometimes when I’m trying to pass the guy has knees to chest and I try to put pressure but feel like Im just asking to be put in his guard and then if I knee cut it doesn’t work. Any advice?

    • Henry A June 19, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      If your getting cross collar choked, when you collapse trying getting your head up to their head or shoulder instead of towards their legs or belly, soak up the space. Knee cut doesn’t work if your too far back if you go high, head towards their head or shoulders it’s much easier to cut through

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