Blog Posts - Half Guard



BJJ / Grappling tips: Passing the half guard: Dealing with the Underhook

The half guard used to be viewed as a position of weakness, especially if strikes are available as a weapon. Partly, the top player is almost past the guard players defenses and partly it allows the top player to lock the bottom player's hips in plac...
by The Part Time Grappler on Dec 9, 2016

01/02/2016 - Teaching | Half Guard | Maintaining & Take the Back

Teaching #458Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 01/02/2016In half guard, your first concern is to stop them flattening you out and starting their pass. They are generally going to want to establish an underhook on their trapped l...
by Slidey's Training Log on Feb 17, 2016

03/02/2016 - Teaching | Half Guard | Maintaining & Guard Recovery

Teaching #460Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 03/02/2016In half guard, your first concern is to stop them flattening you out and starting their pass. They are generally going to want to establish an underhook on their trapped l...
by Slidey's Training Log on Feb 17, 2016

15/02/2016 - Teaching | Half Guard | Shoulder Pressure Pass

Teaching #461Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 15/02/2016On top of half guard, your opening goal is to get them flat on the mat: there are passes you can do while they are on their side, but generally speaking it is much easier...
by Slidey's Training Log on Feb 17, 2016

25/02/2015 - Teaching | Half Guard | Knee Shield (Back Take)

Teaching #285Artemis BJJ (MyGym/Bristol Sports Centre), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 25/02/2015A simple method for taking the back from the Caio Terra style high knee shield starts with your frame. Put your knee up by their chest, buttressed by your ar...
by Slidey's Training Log on Mar 8, 2015

26/02/2015 - Teaching | Half Guard | Passing Knee Shield

Teaching #286Artemis BJJ (PHNX Fitness), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 26/02/2015First off, if their knee shield is high on your chest, it will be more difficult to push down. You can try shoving it down with your hands, but that not only exposes you to...
by Slidey's Training Log on Mar 8, 2015

23/02/2015 - Teaching | Half Guard | Knee Shield (Maintaining)

Teaching #283Artemis BJJ (MyGym/Bristol Sports Centre), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 23/02/2015Having covered the orthodox approach to half guard, today I moved on to the knee shield, position also commonly known as z-guard. Using your knee, you can ma...
by Slidey's Training Log on Feb 25, 2015

18/02/2015 - Teaching | Half Guard | Opposite Side Pass

Teaching #281Artemis BJJ (MyGym/Bristol Sports Centre), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 18/02/2015Today I wanted to take a look at a pass Ed Beneville and Tim Cartmell refer to as 'inverted half guard' in their excellent book, which I first learned from R...
by Slidey's Training Log on Feb 22, 2015

19/02/2015 - Teaching | Half Guard | Opposite Side Pass

Teaching #282Artemis BJJ (PHNX Fitness), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 19/02/2015Same class as yesterday, as there were different students present compared to Wednesday. I first learned this pass from Roger Gracie a few years ago, getting some further g...
by Slidey's Training Log on Feb 22, 2015

14/02/2015 - Interview on NHBNews Podcast | Artemis BJJ | Open Mat | Half Guard

Class #628Artemis BJJ (PHNX Fitness), Open Mat, Bristol, UK - 14/02/2015Back when I first started listening to podcasts around 2005/2006, my initial choices were the Fightworks Podcast and No Holds Barred. They were both relatively new at that time (...
by Slidey's Training Log on Feb 21, 2015

16/02/2015 - Teaching | Half Guard | Shoulder Pressure Pass

Teaching #279Artemis BJJ (MyGym/Bristol Sports Centre), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 16/02/2015On top of half guard, your opening goal is to get them flat on the mat: there are passes you can do while they are on their side, but generally speaking it i...
by Slidey's Training Log on Feb 18, 2015

BJJ / Grappling Tips: Everybody Makes Mistakes in Jiu-jitsu

It's just that mistakes made from mechanically advantageous positions tend to be more forgiving.  A recent BJJ discussion centred around countering someone whose tripoding to Ezekiel choke you from inside your own closed guard. It's not the...
by The Part Time Grappler on Feb 9, 2015

31/12/2014 - Artemis BJJ | Open Mat | Half Guard

Class #621Artemis BJJ (Bristol Sports Centre/MyGym), Open Mat, Bristol, UK - 31/12/2014After finishing up teaching Tracey, it was straight into some drilling and sparring with Chris. We focused again on half guard, this time with much more sparring t...
by Slidey's Training Log on Jan 3, 2015

17/12/2014 - Teaching | Xmas Women's Class | Half Guard (Bottom)

Teaching #250Artemis BJJ (Bristol Sports Centre/MyGym), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 17/12/2014It's my 250th class as an instructor, and even more exciting, IT'S CHRISTMAS! I almost have the requisite Noddy sideburns to pull that off, if not the impres...
by Slidey's Training Log on Dec 18, 2014

BJJ / Grappling Tips: Prevent the guard pass - Ari Galo shows how he developed the best guard ever (no hands)

How do you prevent someone from passing your guard in jiujitsu? Without using your hands? In the video below that has been making the rounds on social media such as Facebook and Twitter, Carlson Gracie black belt Ari Galo shows us his method called "...
by The Part Time Grappler on Dec 17, 2014

10/12/2014 - Teaching | Women's Class | Half-Guard Pressure Pass

Teaching #246Artemis BJJ (Bristol Sports Centre/MyGym), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 10/12/2014On top of half guard, your opening goal is to get them flat on the mat: there are passes you can do while they are on their side, but generally speaking it i...
by Slidey's Training Log on Dec 13, 2014

BJJ / Grappling tips: the Half-Guard. How to avoid getting crushed.

The half guard is a position that has evolved massively in BJJ / Grappling. The Half-Guard fundamental concepts are:i, stay on your side, ii, prevent the Cross Face, iii, work for the top underhook. Every time I drill half guard bottom with a partner...
by The Part Time Grappler on Oct 16, 2014

19/06/2014 - Back from Croatia | Passing Knee Shield

Class #573Artemis BJJ (Impact Gym), Dónal Carmody, Bristol, UK - 19/06/2014My flight back from Croatia arrived in good time (much more on that trip later, though it will probably take a good while to get it all written, judging by how long it took m...
by Slidey's Training Log on Jun 20, 2014

03/06/2014 - Artemis BJJ Starts at Impact Gym | Maintaining Half Guard with Knee Shield

Class #572Artemis BJJ (Impact Gym), Dónal Carmody, Bristol, UK - 03/06/2014In an exciting move for Artemis BJJ, we're now teaching at the massive Impact Gym over in the Kingswood/Staple Hill area of Bristol. It's a professional venue, with a huge sp...
by Slidey's Training Log on Jun 4, 2014

02/06/2014 - Teaching (Maintaining Half Guard)

Teaching #159Artemis BJJ (Bristol Sports Centre), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 02/06/2014We're kicking off a month of half guard today, begin with maintaining the position. Your first concern is to stop them flattening you out and starting their pass.
by Slidey's Training Log on Jun 3, 2014


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