Footwork. It's important.
It's one of those things you commonly disregard as unnecessary in BJJ. So, much of the time your scrambling on the ground or trying to give your best Rafa Mendes berimbolization impression or just squeezing the sh*t out of some poor 17-year old kid's head and hoping for an easy sub. That's what you do. And, it's pretty badass, if you do say so yourself. But, there's more.
Jiu Jitsu is truly at it's best and most beautiful and artful when it's appears effortless. When you set up a triangle with little or no force and your opponent walks into it as a moth flutters into a spider's web. Or, when you transition directly from side control to the back and it almost feels as though your opponent willingly placed himself there, as if he were under a hypnotic spell. That's what make BJJ so amazing.
Watching Ricardo Vieira go over his footwork drill for standing passes is your ticket to an effortless appearing guard pass. This is the kind of drilling you need to do ad nauseam to build the proper muscle memory to seemingly shuffle past the open guard.