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Posturing up, I drive my left knee into Beach's lower back to hold his hips in place and keep him propped up on his shoulders. I then cock my right hand back to land a punch to his face.

Rotating my hips in acounteKlockwise direction, I retract my right arm from between Beach's legs, hook my right arm around the outside of his left leg, and drive my forearm back down into his face.

Dropping my weight and flattening Beach out on his back, I sprawl my legs back to establish side control. It is important to notice that my left arm is still hooked underneath his hips, and that I've slid my right elbow down to the right side of his face.

throw my right hand between Beach's legs and crash my fist into his jaw.

Before making my transition to side control, I

half stack pass sequence

Sometimes it's difficult to scoop both arms underneath your opponent's legs when attempting the stack pass. If you manage to get one arm in and not the other, this technique and the technique that follows are two passing options you can utilize. Deciding which option to use will depend upon your opponent. Usually you will be able to feel which side he is weaker on based upon his resistance. In this sequence, my opponent is applying pressure with his downed leg, making passing to my left difficult. As a result, I pass to my right. Whichever technique you employ, it is important that you do so without lagging. Both of your hands will be tied up, which means your opponent can rabbit punch you in the face or land elbow strikes.

I'm postured up in Beach's guard, working to open his legs to set up a pass.

Beach keeps his legs locked tight, refusing to open his guard. Instead of trying to force his legs open with my hands, I throw an over-the-top elbow to his face.

The impact of the elbow strike forces Beach's legs apart. The instant they open, I sit back onto my right foot and pop my left knee up. Not only does this prevent Beach from hooking his feet back together and closing his guard, but it also gives me the separation I need to get my arms underneath his legs.

Beach keeps his right leg tight, making it difficult to hook my left arm underneath it. As a result, I decide to utilize the half stack pass and circle to my right. I begin by controlling his right leg with my left arm, and then scooping my right arm underneath his left leg.

Forcing Beach's right leg to the mat with my left hand, I place my left knee on top of his leg to keep it pinned. As I do this, I flare my right arm out to get Beach's left leg up onto my shoulder.

Keeping Beach's right leg pinned to the mat with my left knee, I reach my right hand across his body to his right shoulder. I also begin to press my weight forward, which will allow me to circle in a counterclockwise direction and pass his guard.

Instead of peeling Beach's hand off my hip, I lift my right arm to drop a hammer fist to his face.

I drop my right arm and crash the sharp part of my wrist into Beach's face.

Posting on my left foot, I drive my weight forward and press my right arm into Beach's neck. As I do this, I circle my body in a counterclockwise direction in an attempt to pass his guard. To prevent me from circling, Beach places his left hand on my right hip.

Landing the hammer fist forces Beach to focus less on stopping the pass and more on guarding himself from punches. The resistance he's applying to my hip lessens, and I quickly reposition my right arm across his neck and drive off my left leg to press my weight forward.

Still rotating in a counterclockwise direction, I drive my weight into Beach's face and drop my right hip toward the mat.

Continuing to circle in a counterclockwise direction, Beach's left leg passes underneath me. To assume side control, I move my left arm over to Beach's right side and drive my weight down on top of him.

half stack pass over the leg (option 2)

I'm preventing Beach from putting me back in his closed guard by sitting back on my right foot and keeping my left knee up.

Continuing to drive my weight forward, I step my right leg out from between Beach's legs and circle my body in a clockwise direction.

Having passed Beach's guard, I drop my hips to the mat and secure side control.

As I mentioned in the previous move, the direction you choose to go with the half stack pass will depend upon the resistance you receive from your opponent. In the sequence below, my opponent is providing resistance on my under-hoolc side, which makes passing to my right difficult. As a result, I pass to my left over his downed leg. You shouldn't try to force either option, rather feel it out and constantly switch back and forth between the two until one pans out.

I'm preventing Beach from putting me back in his closed guard by sitting back on my right foot and keeping my left knee up.

As I drive my weight forward, Beach tightens up his left leg. I feel the resistance on my right shoulder, which tells me I should pass over his right leg. To do this, I drop my left knee over Beach's right leg and press my right foot into his right ankle. This last action prevents him from capturing me in his half guard.

Continuing to drive my weight forward, I step my right leg out from between Beach's legs and circle my body in a clockwise direction.

Having passed Beach's guard, I drop my hips to the mat and secure side control.

I'm in Troy's butterfly guard, and he has double under-hooks.

I throw a chopping punch into the back of Troy's head to get him thinking about defending punches instead of blocking my pass.

I pull my right hand back to land another blow.

This time I throw a chopping punch to Troy's ribs.

butterfly pass

When in your opponent's butterfly guard, this is a simple yet effective way to pass. All you are doing is softening your opponent up with strikes, shooting one leg back to clear his hooks from your hips, pushing his legs to the side, and then coming back into him to claim the side control position.

Bringing my right leg forward and posting my foot on the mat, I press my chest into Troy to flatten him out on his side.

Bringing my right leg forward and posting my foot on the mat, I press my chest into Troy to flatten him out on his side.

Sitting up, I place my left hand on the side of Troy's head to keep him pinned to the mat. I can now begin dropping downward punches with my right hand.

Having pushed Troy's legs to my left, I bring my left knee forward and press it into the back of his legs. This makes it very difficult for him to pull me back into his butterfly guard.

Having stolen Troy's focus away from defending my pass, I maintain a sturdy base and step my left leg back. Notice how this takes away the hooks he had on my hips. Immediately I use my hands to push Troy's knees to my left so I can clear my body around his legs and establish side control.

I'm in Troy's butterfly guard, and he has double under-hooks.

I throw a chopping punch into the back of Troy's head to get him thinking about defending punches instead of blocking my pass.

I pull my right hand back to land another blow.

This time I throw a chopping punch to Troy's ribs.

I'm in Paco's butterfly guard. I posture up and cock my right I throw a straight right hand to Cocking my right hand back hand back. Paco's face. again, I act as though I'm go ing to come down with another punch. In order to get the pass, you must really sell the punch.

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