GB Technique: Half Guard Position Sweeps

This week on GB Technique we are looking at techniques and strategies to sweep from the half guard bottom as taught by Gracie Barra black belt instructors.
The half guard has evolved a lot since the early days of Jiu-Jitsu. Hal guard was once considered to be primarily a defensive position – half way to getting your guard passed was the common view.
More modern Jiu-Jitsu athletes have developed the position to a high degree and some specialize in the half guard bottom as their A Game competition strategy.
There are a ton of different ways to sweep your opponent from your half guard and different variations of the half guard itself. This is what we are learning this week.
Let’s check out several techniques to pass the half guard from some of Gracie Barra’s top instructors

1 Rolling Half Guard sweep / Raspagem partindo da Meia Guarda

Prof. Ana Pinho uses some strategic grips and her opponent’s forward momentum to hit this slick rolling sweep.


2 Inverted half guard sweep / Raspagem de Meia Guarda Invertida

Prof. Michael Reihner has a technique for when you find yourself in the inverted half guard. This position usually occurs when the opponent jumps over to opposite side of your body starting in regular half guard.

3 Half-Guard Butterfly Sweep
Some half guard players specialize in the half guard with Butterfly hook. Check out this technique by Gracie Barra Colorado Springs

4 Half Guard Waiter sweep
Some jiu-jitsu students refer to this sweep as the Waiter half guard sweep. Prof. Otavio Sousa teaches how to get into the position and how to finish the sweep.

5 Lapel grip half guard sweep
Prof. Eduardo de Lima shows  a sneaky way to use your opponent’s lapel to get a sweep when your opponent has a cross face pressure on top/

What is your favorite half guard sweep?
Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia