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12 December 2016

12/12/2016 - Teaching | Deep Half Guard | Outer Roll Sweep (lapel variation)

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Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 12/12/2016

For a variation on the outer roll sweep, commonly known as a Homer sweep, you're going to shift your grips. This can sometimes happen when they try to grab your knee to being their pass. As soon as they do, use the hand you have on top of their leg to grab that sleeve. Kick your leg free, then pass the sleeve you're still holding to your other hand, which should be hiding underneath their leg. This makes the sweep more powerful, as you're now controlling their arm. Alternatively, you can pull out their lapel and do the same, passing it to your underleg hand.

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The sweep then continues as before, walking your legs towards their other leg. This is where it gets the 'Homer sweep' name, due to that scene from The Simpsons where Homer is on his side, running in a circle on the floor. You're doing the same motion (bonus points for 'woot woot woot' sound effects ;D), trying to cut the angle. Once that angle is acute, spin the other way. Continue to hug their leg tightly. They may attempt to triangle, so don't leave any space. You can then either drive your head to the far hip to pass their leg, or alternatively, reach your arm to their far hip and pass the other way.

As you have either their arm or their lapel under their leg, your pass becomes stronger. They will have a harder time trying to block the pass due to that wrap.

Teaching Notes: Straightforward for everybody that had already done the normal version. I guess this would come up more once people are used to passing the deep half by shoving the legs down. Again, one for the intermediate class.

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