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26 April 2017

26/04/2017 - Teaching | Back | Escape to Deep Half & Sweep

Teaching #655
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 26/04/2017

Paul couldn't make it, so I covered instead. As we went through an escape to deep half last week, I decided to explore that by looking in greater detail at the sweep itself. The key thing here is to get your shoulder underneath, rather than trying to wrap their leg with your arm. You want to wriggle underneath as you swivel onto your back, your head on their thigh. You can also push back with your head and neck, to make it tougher for them to step their leg over.

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At the same time, drag their leg towards you, using the leg you have on top. Your aim is to get your entire body underneath their leg, accomplished by your swivelling motion. You may need to push off their hip with your other hand, to help that wriggle underneath them. Once you've swivelled, reach your first hand around the outside of their leg, gripping the inside of their knee. You other hand tucks underneath their leg, so they can't grab it.

Finally, your legs are trapping their one leg. Make sure at least one of your legs is hooked over the top, so they can't just remove their leg and pass. Your other leg could be locking your other, or some people prefer to hook under their opponent's leg, meaning they can lift.

For the outer roll sweep, commonly known as a Homer sweep, walk your legs towards their other leg. This is where it gets the 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.

There is also the option of shifting your grips. This can sometimes happen anyway when they try to grab your knee to begin 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.

Teaching Notes: I like doing deep half more in the intermediate, but that does still have quite a few beginners. Not too much to change here, but it is worth noting that body type can make a big difference on this one, so it's handy to be able to match those up. I'll think about this more when it comes around in half guard month again, must check previous notes too (given my goal here was combining it with a back escape).

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