here's a little sequence i came across lately that i thought id share with you all. im a mere bluebelt, so take it for what it is. i think its really good, but thats me. its best no gi. anyway, here goes... the situation: your opponent is going for the "both arms under pass." i dont know if thats the official name, but fuck it, you all should know what im talking about. he puts both his arms underneath your legs and grabs his hands in front of your stomache, stacks you, gets a collar tie with one hand and passes around that side. the counter: the first thing you need to do is prevent him from clasping his own hands and pulling your hips on top of his lap to start the pass - if he gets this grip, your hips are pretty immobilized and the defense is different. anyway, prevent this by not letting him clasp his hands, grab them and pin them to the sides of your body. next, do a shrimping or hip escape movement to create a little space between you and your partner. push off the floor or his hips depending what your can reach. then put your hooks in, so you're now in butterfly guard, with his hands still pinned against your side (he still has both arms under), his face will be in your crotch for the submission via your stank-ass nuts. no but really, at this point his guard pass has been twarted. he can't lift you up to stack you or roll you over into the turtle position. whats next? go for a guillotine from here. quickly let go of his wrists. with one hand, grab under your opponent's chin with a monkey grip and pull him in(read: no thumb). with the other, push his head towards the oblique-area on the side of the chin-grabbing hand, to position him for the guillotine. slip your chin-grabbing hand through and grab your other wrist, or whatever gddamn grip you use. lean back and squeeze to apply the choke, its a brutal one, so get your bony ass wrist right on his windpipe. you can also easily sweep to mount from here by simply lifting your opponent with your hooks. he will likely go with you to alleviate the pressure of the choke anyway. the beauty of this attack is that both his hands will still be under you if you're fast, leaving him unable to defend the choke. if he doesnt let you get the guillotine grip for some reason, but his head is in your armpit: you've got a neck-crank turnover. say his head is in your right side. reach your right hand in for the under hook like you were stuffing a shot, grab high on his upper lat or even trap if you can reach. with your left hand, grab your right hand with a palm to palm monkey grip. while keeping the grip and staying close, move your forearm in back of his neck, so you can put downward pressure on him. pull up with your right arm (your hands are still clasped, and his head is still in your armpit) while extending your right hook straight up. put downward pressure on him with your left arm to crank. roll him over to your left side, he WILL want to go if you crank hard...but be gentle to your training partners. so i hoped you enjoyed that. im horribly stoned and i need to pass out, wake up early and do some reading before work. i just got a digi camera and ive been thinking of logging all the bjj i learn, so maybe ill come back in a few days and add pics...if im not being a lazy asshole. peace.