This Standing Guard Pass is inspired by some material I saw at Rickson Gracie’s online academy that I highly recommend. I’ve added a finish from John Frankl, using the Universal Sprawl. I would NOT recommend just attempting to pass the way I’m showing here off the bat. Usually to force the standing pass, the guard player has been trying to load their hip above yours, pushing into you, potentially setting up a hip bump sweep or loading all their weight into one of your legs. To prevent this, we often have to push in and stand. From here, assuming there are strikes available, the guard player may need to place their feet on the hips to minimise punches and elbows. The key for the guard passer is to keep the guard player’s feet off of their hip bones aka the iliac crest and they do this by bringing their elbows to their hips. No ground should be conceded. As Rickson points out, players have a habit of going to neutral positions. Instead the top player must keep forward momentum and the pressure on their opponent.