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11 December 2019

11/12/2019 - Teaching | Half Guard | Deep Half Entry & Outer Roll Sweep

Teaching #923
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 11/12/2019

From half guard, get in as low as possible, curling in towards their leg like you do for the toe grab sweep. Sometimes they keep their foot out of range, which is when I like to try for a position called deep half guard. Shoot your non-underhook hand between their legs, reaching for their opposite bum cheek. Try and get a shallow underhook too, in order to assist with pulling them off balance. 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. Alternatively, for a more secure block, switch your hand from their other leg to their thigh (i.e., next to your head). This will not only prevent them stepping their leg over for a pass, it also acts as a handy entry to the waiter sweep. To get into position, you can just swivel your hips towards them and hook behind their other ankle with your same side hand.

At the same time as you swing under and put your shoulder through, 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. You may also want to triangle your legs. Just make sure their leg is stuck, so squeeze your thighs too.

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.
Teaching Notes: People still are having trouble when I initially demonstrate, although I made a point of showing the position on top. I also made sure to mention blocking the leg by your head to prevent them stepping over (which also leads nicely into the waiter sweep), I could make more of that by showing the pass quickly too.

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