Before heading off to class tonight, I’ve been reviewing some videos on the x-pass. I’ve seen a few pretty good ones over the weekend, so I have a couple of ideas I want to play with. Mainly leg position while blocking the potential de la riva guard and some simple hand position on the opposing leg. Nothing huge or anything – just kind of getting comfortable with some new ideas.
I did see a video on Saturday that was put out by Jason Scully about the x-guard, but at a low level, or coming from the knees (combat base). I liked his version because that’s most likely the position I find myself in more often than not. Since I’m mainly a guard player, I rarely stand. But, there are those talented few out there who I roll with (Gerry) who can make me stand against my will. Strange, I know – but there have been so many times where I’ve found myself being swept from a standing position and not knowing or remembering how I came to stand in the first place.
Jason’t version of the x-pass (or more appropriately should be called the “L” pass because of its ending position) is good. It puts a lot of pressure on the player towards the end and also has nice control. I’m thinking the guy on the bottom would have no idea what to do with it.
Check it out.
Jason Scully – Low Level X-Pass