Jiu Jitsu problems are so commonplace, it can feel like you never get a break from working through them when on the mats. In practice, that's a great trait! When you hit the mats for competition, you don't want to be pondering how to solve a problem. In competition you need to know what will work immediately! That's where techniques like countering a leg lasso to passing come in. Ultimately, you won't need to list a thousand different techniques in your head. You will need to know 1-3 good moves that will get you out of trouble when trouble arrives. Obviously, you'll need to be decent to proficient at these techniques and have full confidence that they'll work. With these ready to go in your back pocket, you'll be able to shut down your opponents position and entire game without hesitation.
The Lasso Guard
The lasso guard tends to be a difficult position for a lot of people. If we're speaking directly to you, don't worry, you're not alone here! This movement has helped guys like Travis Stevens a lot when it comes to dealing with "flexible" opponents in BJJ. It's also the simplest answer to the problem because you won't ever let your opponent set the lasso. You'll counter the movement before they ever get it.
Just like going fishing, your opponent will take the bait, hook, line, and sinker. And you'll be on your way to the podium by the time they figure it out."
The step-by-step components that follow will allow you to direct your training a little bit better. Once you have the basics down, it's just a matter of repetition through drilling!
A Few Key Points
Here are some key points that you should focus on if you want to be successful at stopping a lasso before it gets set:
Make sure you keep your elbows close to your ribs. This will shut down your opponent's ability to get their foot through and render them stranded in a manner of speaking.
If your elbow does open from your ribs (it happens) just make sure you create an angle that makes it as difficult as possible for them to place the hook in.
PRESSURE! And more pressure. And some more pressure. And a little bit more pressure.
When their foot makes a move to attempt the lasso, your job is to control it like there's no tomorrow. Control the lasso foot and you control their lasso attempt, and thus, the match.
Don't miss the grip on your opponent's foot! It should go without saying, but just in case, we said it.
A Final Thought
Countering a leg lasso to passing is one of those key techniques to have in your back pocket while on the mats. If you can sell it and lure your opponent into attempting the lasso with every intention of controlling them, you're in great shape! The video here with Travis Stevens will give you some great insight and help you to learn this technique well.
Getting really overly complicated with BJJ is all too common. Having a few ways to pass the guard with counters is a great way to combat that. Try this technique out among others and let us know how it goes!