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Split the Legs Series (AKA Over-Under Pass)

The Split the Legs series is probably the best piece of newaza I've ever learned. You can see in this video of the -81kg quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics, Travis Stevens (USA) uses it to easily pass Ivaylo Ivanov's (BUL) guard.

You'll also notice that many of Jiu Jitsu and Judo's best use this move as well, like Bernardo Faria and Jimmy Pedro.

We've made some easy to follow cues to help students learn this easier. Check out the first part of our series with the passing portion:

 Things to watch for:

  • pin your shoulder as close to uke's hip flexor as possible (not up on the thigh or near knee)
  • have live toes (keep knees off of the ground)
  • use the "2 checkpoints" as you're doing this move to ensure you're progressing without letting your partner hook their feet together

Now after you've passed your partners guard you can move onto their reaction which is typically an Outside Turn Escape. Check out the video below for the Stack, which is the perfect counter to this typical escape:

Things to watch for:

  • after passing the guard with the Split the Leg (AKA: Over Under Pass) be sure not to panic, instead keep the belt or skirt grip and anticipate the outside turn from uke
  • don't be fooled by uke trying to hook and scissor your leg from the back, the only way to get toketa (hold down broken / stopping the pin clock) is for uke to scissor your legs from the front
  • use your head to pin uke

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