Guard Slams and Throwing to Pass


My pre-BJJ background is Judo and my personal focus is on self-defense. Over the years I’ve noticed that many grapplers seem to forget that the standing and ground game are, or at least should be, seamlessly connected.

In the original Judo rules, guard slams were allowed, and until recently it was allowed in the Gracie Nationals. BJJ was meant to be a self-defense art and the extreme focus on sport has led to some very bad habits such as maintaining guard when your opponent picks you up.

When you are picked up from the ground, clinging to your opponent like a koala bear, you are helpless. You have been controlled and defeated. At Valhalla Academy we still practice guard slamming, or the Judo throw Daki Age, on a crash mat.

In this YouTube video I demonstrate using throws on your opponent after the lift when they decide to put their feet on the mat. Properly done these should land you outside the guard.

Drop some comments on the YouTube page and let me know what you think.

Is this even legal in modern competition? Do you care?


Here is a bit of footage from a tournament match that shows what can, and I believe what SHOULD, happen to you if you jump to a guard on someone who is standing.


I welcome any comments. I’d like to see Jiu-Jitsu stay a bit more raw than it has become in recent years rather than become the sole province of butt-scooters and double-guard pullers.

Isn’t it supposed to be SUBMISSION not SUBMISSIVE grappling?

Brian Jones, PhD