Best of BJJ: Two Crazy Butterfly Guard Passes

by Tom Reynolds on April 7, 2011

Lately I’ve been really focusing on honing my guard passes. Because of that, I’ve been watching a lot of the great guard passers out there in BJJ for inspiration.

Terere’s Butterfly Guard Pass

Tererê is an incredibly dynamic grappler.  He is partly responsible for creating the phenoms Rubens ‘Cobrinha’ Charles and André Galvao.  He has a very active game and I’ve seen him pull this pass off a few times on top-level guys.  This is the no gi version of the guard pass I see him use.

Key Points on the Butterfly Guard Pass:

  • Get your head under his head.
  • Create the steering wheel as you switch the hips.

Caio Terra’s Butterfly Guard Pass To The Back

I’m going to start by saying that Caio is a beast.  He is a small, incredibly dynamic grappler that consistently places well in all the major Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. This pass is ridiculous.

Watch how Caio rolls with the sweep and does a Granby roll through it.  In other words, he rolls from one shoulder to the other without letting his back touch the mat.

Hope you guys enjoyed these passes.  Don’t just let them accumulate in your mind.  Give them a shot so they’re in your muscle memory.  You might surprise yourself and pull these off regularly.

As always, post questions or comments about this post below!

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  • Luis

    How do you guys think of these guard passes?

  • Shawn Deutch

    I still don’t get how his head is pulling through on the 2nd pass. Your guard pass is sick though

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