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22 January 2018

22/01/2018 - Teaching | Half Guard | Twisting Pass

Teaching #747
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 22/01/2018

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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, you need to adjust your position so you can twist in towards them, bringing your bottom leg into play. You're trying to get your free knee into their hip (sliding underneath your trapped leg). Shift back slightly, in order to make some space in front of their bottom leg: you could also raise up to get that twist, but that's more risky. Shrimping away tends to be securer. 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'm not sure people are getting the detail of the turn enough. Having the leg underneath, I can still be clearer. For next time, I think it would be useful to show it solo, making sure everybody can see how that leg is used as a wedge underneath. Shrimping away feels better than lifting the hips up, having the knee into their hip makes that a little easier I think, avoids leaving that potential gap for them to escape into.

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