2016 BJJ World Champion in Downingtown PA

This past weekend Chester County, PA got it’s first Double Gold medalist at a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship. Abi Durrant returned to the IBJJF World Masters tournament after earning double Silver in 2015 to reach the top of the podium this year, in both the featherweight and open weight divisions. She trains at Chester County’s most accomplished and prestigious BJJ academy, Paramount Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

WM - Abi Podium Absolute

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How to Develop Your Guard Passing Style

Guard passing is one of the most important aspects of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling, and it can be difficult to figure out how to develop a system of guard passing that works best for you.

Defining guard passing:

To pass the guard is to get passed the legs of your opponent, when you are on top of them on the ground. The guard can be a dangerous place to be, so the more efficiently you pass it the better.

The 2 Basic Methods of Passing:

  1. Pressure Passing: These are guard passes where you apply all of your weight to your opponent, eliminating space and smothering them. You can do this from your feet or your knees, depending upon which pass you’re using.
  2. Speed Passing: These passes rely on quick movement and changes in direction. Typically done from the feet, think of these passes like sprinting, where pressure passes are more like long distance runs.

Examples of Pressure Passes

  1. Stack pass
  2. Leg Pin
  3. Knee cut
  4. Leg weave
  5. Over-Under

Examples of Speed Passes

  1. Bullfighter AKA Matador
  2. X-pass
  3. Long-step
  4. Leg drag
  5. Back-step

Combing Guard Passes

You can improve the overall effectiveness of your guard passing by combining passes. This is done most effectively when you combine 1 of each style (pressure and speed). Check out a few common passing combos:

  1. Stack Pass to Leg drag
  2. Knee cut to X-pass
  3. Bullfighter to Over-Under

Finding Your Best Guard Passes

It takes time, and you will constantly make adjustments, as well as add and remove passes. What you’ll need to do is continue to drill new guard passes, learned in class and from watching world class competitions, and experiment with them while training live AKA rolling.

Learn more about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Chester County’s biggest and most successful academy, Paramount BJJ. With more International medals than all other area schools combined, there is no better place to earn your black belt.

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4 Keys to Successful BJJ Private Lessons

Like all things, when it comes to 1-on-1 instruction in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu there are things that will either compliment or detract from your experience. Here are four things you need to know before going into your private lesson:

  • Knowing is Half the Battle: While it’s not mandatory, it certainly helps to have an idea as to what you’d like to work on. This can be as specific or general as you’d like. You may want to learn how to perfect the triangle choke, or perhaps you want to work on defense from the most common scenarios. If you have a basic idea you’ll be off to a good start.
  • Being Prepared: Don’t assume that you’re going to remember every important detail from the lesson. Make sure you bring a notebook to jot down the key points. You can also ask your instructor if it’s OK to record the lessons on video.
  • Length of Lesson: Common sense would dictate that an hour of 1-on-1 instruction is better a half hour. Not so fast! What you’re paying for is the knowledge that your instructor possesses, not the repetition of techniques. If you’ve come prepared and ask questions, you’ll have all you need to rep the techniques with training partners.
  • Less is More: You’ll get the most out of the lesson if you limit the number of techniques you do. This is another reason why the 30 minute lesson is best. If you want to cover a dozen techniques, you may end up overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. At the same time, don’t be afraid to ask questions. The details make the difference.

Private lessons are a fantastic supplement to group classes. It’s difficult for an instructor to help a student perfect the techniques when he or she has 10 or 20 other students to help. Most likely your instructor offers private lessons, schedule one today!

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Anthony Pacinelli is now a 3-time IBJJF Pan American medalist, after reaching the podium at the 2016 edition held this weekend in Irvine, California. Once again he has represented himself and his team at Paramount BJJ well. Congrats Anthony (second from the right)!

Anthony Pan 2016 Podium

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Easy Sweep from X-Guard | BJJ in West Chester PA

Check out this simple X-Guard sweep, taught by 2nd degree black belt Brad Court at his academy in Chester County, PA:


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It’s one of the most powerful- and underutilized- escapes from Sidemount. We drill it often in the Combat Gold (advanced) classes at Paramount BJJ. The “Elbow Push” escape. Watch the man who’s mastered it use it in this fantastic highlight video:


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This past weekend the IBJJF, the biggest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) organization on the planet, held it’s annual No-Gi World Championship event in Long Beach, California. This is an event where the competitors wear shorts and a rash guard, instead of the traditional gi (uniform).

Ed Westermark, a brown belt under Paramount BJJ head instructor Brad Court, won GOLD in the light heavyweight division. Ed has also earned a Silver and Bronze at the IBJJF Master World Championships, where competitors compete with the gi.


Congratulations Ed, everyone at Paramount is proud of you!

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The mental aspect of a martial art and sport like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a factor in every training session or tournament match. The book “The Mental Edge” offers fantastic advice and concepts about strengthening your mind, and the “Perception Stretchers” listed below will open your mind to new opportunities and perspectives on competition, both in and out of the academy. Read the book for a more in-depth look at perception stretchers.

  1. A Loss Becomes a Gain. Learning from a loss will allow you to succeed in the future.
  2. Bodies Work Perfectly; The Mind Gets in the Way. Train and drill for hours upon hours so you can shut off your mind and let your body take over.
  3. Limitations Are Temporary. Remember, progress is inevitable if you continue to train and address the areas where you need to improve.
  4. Getting Better is More Important the Winning. Focus on your ultimate goal, the black belt. Winning and losing at the lower belts is irrelevant. Your goal is to get better, and all you have to do is train.
  5. An Event Has No Meaning Except What You Give It. If you make a big deal out of a training session or competition match, you put unnecessary stress on yourself.

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With less than two years of total training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and no prior grappling or martial arts training, West Chester PA resident Abi Durrant traveled to Las Vegas to compete at the 2015 IBJJF Master World Championships. Traning out of Paramount BJJ in Downingtown, his was Abi’s first major tournament appearance- although she has won the IBJJF’s Boston Open, New York Open, and Atlanta Open.

Abi defeated her first round opponent 3-0, then submitted her opponent in the quarterfinals and won her semi-final match 10-0. She lost a close match in the final, but a Silver medal at the Worlds is nothing to be ashamed of!


Since she placed in her division (lightweight), Abi qualified for the Absolute (all weights combined) division. Another impressive performance in the Absolute earned her another Silver medal. She defeated two opponents before again losing a close match on points in the final.

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Abi with her two Silver medals at the World Championships




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Action Packed BJJ Match!

Check out this action packed Gold medal match between Roberto Satoshi and Celso Vinicius:


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