So once again, we’re going to be looking at passing into the submission. This is a cool move I’ve hit on some pretty high level guys. I’ve hit this on world’s best grappler. What happens is, it’s a high-flying submission, but when you understand the concepts behind it, it’s really not that complicated. We’re disguising our submission as passing; we’re catching the guy off guard.
So first point, I’m in the butterfly guard and I have to dominate my underhook. What I wanna think is, if I’m passing on my left, I dominate the underhook with my right. Once I’m here, I need to find their knee. Once I have their underhook and I find their knee, I just circle out a little bit. So at this point, since he has the over hook, he should be trying to sweep me to my right, but because of the way his hips are turned. He’s not gonna feel like he has that, so I’m going to throw my weight over here. Now what’s gonna happen, what everyone tries to do is say well, “I’m good enough at my butterfly guard pass,” I’m just gonna sweep ‘em out. As I drive in he tries to sweep me out, I go farther than his leg can follow. His arm is up because of the position of the sweep, and I fall into the arm lock.
Once again, this time a little faster.
This is a submission that’s gonna create a scramble. You’re just anticipating that if you understand the position better you will come out on top. Don’t be deterred if it ends up being a little crazy, a little loose. That’s the nature of the position.
Once again, as he sits up I’m here. I have to have my head driving toward where I’m passing. I’m gonna push, and I’ll even give a little jump to entice him to try to sweep me. Right here, immediately hop and spin over. It’s your choice whether you want to throw this leg over the top or keep it bent. You’re gonna feel out which one feels better for you.
Another common situation is that the person will feel your weight come off them. Rather than remaining in their guard, they’re actually gonna come to their knees. A lot of times people are expecting that when they come up to their knees, that you’re gonna square up to them, sit them try, and try to establish the position, but we’re 100% committed to the armbar. When they come to their knees, we’re throwing a leg over and going. How I fall will just be dictated by the position of their bodies. As long as my leg’s over and I have a secure grip on the arm, I’m going to be okay.
So we’re in the butterfly guard, my hook, I make sure I have my head and I’m going this way. I come up, and he immediately comes to his knees. As he does, I’m going to continue circling and throw my legs over. I can go forwards or backwards, it doesn’t matter, so long as I stretch out.
Brian McLaughlin is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has been grappling for over 13 years. He's amassed an array of medals, including the Pan Ams, ADCC North American Trials, Grapplers Quest Pro Divisions, and NAGA World Championships, but now spends most of his time teaching at his gym, Precision Mixed Martial Arts and coaching MMA fighters.