Hand Control to Pass With Josh Barnett: Hand Off Pass

Last month Josh Barnett showed us the many virtues of hand control when it comes to finishing or taking down your opponent. This month we’re going to let you in on his potent use of hand control when it comes to passing your opponent’s guard. This is not for the weak of heart or grip. Having a strong grip will definitely help your success rate in just about everything jiu-jitsu related, but especially when employing Josh’s methods on passing. If you missed last month’s article drop and give me 30 burpees then go out and pick it up, or order it from our website. You won’t be disappointed.


Hand Off Pass

1. Starting in the closed guard, Karl controls both of Josh’s hands. This is a no-no.


2. Josh pushes back to open Karl’s guard and turns his left hand out to break the grip then captures Karl’s right hand with his left.


3. Josh keeps Karl’s hand stuck to the ground using his weight, breaks Karl’s grip of his right hand and dives it under Karl’s right thigh. Josh is burying his shoulder into Karl. There’s no danger of a triangle at this point because of Josh’s angle to Karl, and Karl’s inability to moves his hips.


4. Josh transfers hand control from his left hand to his right, while maintaining his weight and downward pressure on Karl.



Mike Velez is the Editor and Publisher of Jiu-Jitsu Magazine. He has been training since 2009 and is a brown belt under Rafael Oliveira of Gracie Barra in Chino, CA. You can contact Mike at mikev@jiujitsumag.com.

Leave a Reply






    Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo De La Riva Main Achievements: ❖❖World Bronze Medallist ❖❖Copa Cantao Champion FAVORITETECHNIQUE/POSITION: De La Riva Guard. WEIGHT DIVISION:...
  • The Dichotomy of Freedom

    “Freedom ain’t free”. A short, simple statement that serves to put on display the idea of irony. Now, the path to freedom will have a different look for many...
  • Jiu-Jitsu Geometry

    One of the first phrases you’ll hear when you start training jiu-jitsu is “position before submission”. This principle, which is a helpful rule of thumb, introduces the importance of...
  • Catching Pain With Erik Paulson

    We hear it all the time, “keep an open mind”. I think it’s safe to say that Minnesota native Erik Paulson is among the crop of people that continually...