Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 26/08/2015
Marcelo Garcia has written that when passing butterfly guard, it's important to keep in mind that "unlike the closed guard or half guard, in the butterfly guard, your opponent is not trying to hold you in place." In my opinion, the ensuing dynamism and movement makes butterfly guard a more advanced position, which requires greater sensitivity and timing than closed or half guard.
Saulo Ribeiro emphasises that you must be close with the shoulder to generate sufficient leverage. Saulo also likes to put a hand out behind him for base (just like the cross-grip guard I've taught previously, along with the stiff arm guard I've been working on), which contrasts with others who prefer to grab the knee. It is worth experimenting with several options. One of the best parts about training in jiu jitsu is that it is so individual. There is rarely a single 'right' way to do any technique, which is also part of what makes jiu jitsu so complex.
Whatever grip, drop to your shoulder on the sleeve grabbing arm, lifting as you drop. Switch your legs, bringing one under the other in order to establish scarf hold, heavy on your cross face. If you've lifted them up but they aren't going over, try hopping towards your lifting leg with your other leg. That should eventually provide the leverage to knock them to the mat.
Teaching Notes: Went fairly well. A few people got confused by feet positioning, having one slightly out in order to act as a post once you've dropped to your side. Also, people weren't lifting all that high, so perhaps relying too much on the arms as a sort of throw? Then again, still works, which is the main thing. Perhaps I'm not lifting as high as I think, because I haven't filmed myself doing this: it would be interesting to know.