Friday, July 01, 2005

BJJ Move #26: The Half Guard Position

Sometimes you end up on your back, with only one leg between your opponent's legs. This is called the "half guard."

This happens a lot when the person on the bottom of cross side is trying to escape, and gets one leg in, or when the guy on the top of cross side gets caught trying to climb into the mount position. It also happens a lot when one person does a takedown, and the person who's going down manages to get one leg inside.

You can do some submissions from here, but it's not a very advantageous position, and you'd rather take your opponent's back or get a full guard.

WARNING! These techniques could result in serious injury or death if practiced incorrectly or even if performed correctly. They should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.

Half Guard (notes):

Stay on your side so you can move your hips—don’t get put flat on your back. That is, if your right leg is between his legs, hip out to the left and keep your right side on the ground. Keep your left shoulder off the ground, too.

One arm goes underneath opponent's armpit so you can go to opponent's back, and the other is in front of your face so your opponent can't trap your head. Both of these defenses prevent a person from laying you flat.

A more “advanced” player will use the arm on the side of the free leg to hold his opponent off, and bring that knee in across his opponent’s chest / stomach.

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