I have some good news to report. The Keith Owen/Pedro Sauer ultimate guard pass was a success.
I went to class last night with one thing in mind – that was to test out this new guard pass. While I was somewhat discouraged by my last attempt at trying out a technique I found on Youtube, I had higher hopes for this one. And it worked out well.
I first tried the pass on a buddy of mine named Toby. Now, Toby has a very strong closed guard. If he were so inclined, he could keep me there all day. I asked that he work with me to see if I could pass his semi-closed guard and he let me do it. For a few minutes, we refined where the pressure needs to be, what was successful and what wasn’t. He mentioned that he felt the pressure more when I moved my arm lower on his leg. After a few more attempts, he agreed that this may be a valuable tool for passing the guard.
After class, I asked John if he would work on the pass with me. John is more similar to my build, so I was much more successful passing his guard. John’s legs are thinner than Toby’s and that seems to matter. For those insanely strong players, this pass may not work (no pass may work), but for players in the more medium category, this seems to be a success. So that’s good news.
If you are wondering what I’m talking about, watch the video below.
Keith Owen Ultimate Guard Series: Sauer Guard Pass