The Best Knee Cut Pass by Lucas Lepri
Who Is Lucas Lepri? Lucas is a black belt under the great Elan Santiago. He is arguably one of Jiu Jitsu’s greatest light weight fighters. He has won some of the highest tournaments in Jiu Jitsu. These titles include the IBJJF World Championship (gi and no gi) the UAEJJF World Pro Championship as well as Brazilian and Pan American titles.
Lepri found Jiu Jitsu through a popular Brazilian television program called “Vinte e Poucos Anos.” On an episode of this show he saw Fernando “Margarida” Pontes showing his training for an upcoming Jiu Jitsu tournament. A few weeks later, Lepri joined Elan Santiago‘s Jiu Jitsu academy. In 2006, Lucas was awarded his black belt.
Lucas’ grappling accomplishments are exceptional. He is the IBJJF World Champion in 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He claimed gold at IBJJF World No-Gi Champion in2009, 2010 and 2011. He is the UAEJJF World Pro Champion in 2015 and CBJJ Brazilian National Champion in 2014. He won gold at the IBJJF Pan American Champion in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017. He also claimed gold at the IBJJF European Champion in 2011 and IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion in 2009.
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Lepri cemented his teaching credentials at the Alliance academy in New York City in 2008. His teaching abilities led to outstanding success of his students at many high level competitions. Lucas is now living in Charlotte, North Carolina. He teaches at Lucas Lepri Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Fitness. He is a highly sought after instructor teaching seminars all over the world.
In this video Lucas Lepri explores his knee cut pass. He starts with his opponent in his De La Riva guard. He grabs the collar on the same side as the De La Riva hook. Next Lepri lowers his center of gravity. Notice how he pulls his training partner toward him from the collar grip. Lepri states that it is important for his opponent’s knee not to come inside. He grabs the cuff of his opponent’s pants and pushes the knee against the mat. This is done on the side that he wants to pass. Inevitably, his opponent will frame against him. When this happens he switches his grip to the sleeve of his opponent. Instead of pointing his knee away from his opponent he puts his knee parallel to his opponent. To finish the pass he pivots and then takes top side control.
This video is a wonderful example of Lucas Lepri’s expert grappling knowledge and exceptional teaching ability. He has an exceptional eye for details. Additionally, he communicates information so that it can be understood by even the novice grappler. Well done Lucas. The grappling community is lucky to have you.
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