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16 August 2017

16/08/2017 - Teaching | Half Guard | Twisting Pass

Teaching #697
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 16/08/2017

Start by flattening out your opponent, driving your free knee into their hip, then walking your trapped leg across. Apply a heavy cross-face: this is absolutely central to the technique. Without a solid cross face, they will be able to turn towards you, perhaps even getting a reversal. If they manage to get an underhook, you'll still need to be wary of getting rolled over: hooking an arm by their leg should block it.

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Once you've got that cross-face firmly locked in, raise your hips slightly. This is in order to switch your hips, bringing your free knee up by their hip (sliding underneath your trapped leg). Shift back slightly, in order to make some space in front of their bottom leg. Using either the knee or your shin, wedge that against their lower hip. With your free arm, grasp their trouser leg and yank it towards you, in order to open up enough space to free your leg. Ideally you also want to keep your head low and turned towards their legs, to make it harder for them to push into your throat.
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Teaching Notes: I think this all went ok, but I should have emphasised the turn of the hips more, some people were staying too flat. I did talk about putting the point of the knee into the hip, which helps stop them turning towards you (a handy Fran Vanderstukken tip: previously I'd use the shin, which is harder to get). If you're finding it really hard to get your foot free, you can switch from point of the hip to instead retracting the leg and pushing your foot into their bottom leg.

Separate question, angle of the video wasn't great, so next time I'll adjust that. Social media! ;p

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