Knee Cut Blast on Open Guard by Jon Thomas

At the beginning of your Jiu Jitsu Journey, it can be pretty overwhelming to start passing against someone just sitting in front of you without grips. Where to start? Where to grip first and not ending in a strong guard where you might get swept or submitted? Jon Thomas is a Black Belt under Master Romero Cavalcanti (Jacaré) and Lucas Lepri who won IBJJF Pan Ams Gold and World´s Gold at brown belt level.

The Move itself Knee Cut Blast

The most common situation the move works is when the partner sits up and both of you are grip fighting for superior grips. First of all, you need to keep the distance so you can make sure you are the one who is engaging when you start to pass. Aim for the gap between his elbow and knee of the sitting partner.

A way to make the gap bigger is grabbing the hand the side you want to pass to and lift a little bit, then you blast your knee through this gap to the ground – pretty easy isn´t it? At the same time, you catch the underhook on the opposite side.

At the end of the video, there are some troubleshooting and ideas, how you can make the pass work for you. For example, stepping on the foot of the partner or pushing the guy flat to the floor.