Video Lesson straight from Brazil: transitioning from top 1/2 guard to the back

“Everything is hard before it is easy”

Normally, when we stabilize on top half guard, the first thing that comes to mind is to pass the guard. This is the basic approach for this type of situation. Have you ever considered taking the back from there? Sounds complicated, but we at GB, will help you understand the details of the technique and make it simple. Here is a lesson that works for all Jiu-Jitsu techniques and many situations in life: Everything is hard before it is easy.

To teach you how to get the back from top half guard, we went after the 2x Brazilian national champion, first degree black belt, Vanessa Silva. Vanessa is known in the Jiu-Jitsu community for her speed and offensive game. The class took place at the Gracie Barra Rio de Janeiro, where she is the teacher of children’s and fundamental classes.

Check the technique in the video lesson below and innovate in your training. Osss!

1) Control de half guard having chest to chest and cross face control.

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2) Control the lapel.

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3) Posture up and push your opponent’s hips away. At the same time free your knee from half guard positioning it on your opponent’s belly.

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4) Sit back and at the same time pull up your opponent’s arm and lapel.

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5) As you fall back place your hooks to score 4 points and control.

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