Raspado's Half Guard Top
Raspado, a purple belt at my school, was whining about how I get to goof off all day and put together BJJ tutorials. So I said I'd make one with him.
We are covering what I consider to be a very strong part of his game (having been caught by everything he shows below). This is his guard opening, passing to half guard and maintaining position, and attacking with the ezequiel choke and americana in combination.
First, we'll start with opening the guard.
Raspado is in closed guard with good posture. His back is straight and his head is up; his arms are straight and he's holding both lapels.
He steps up with his right leg.
Then with his left, coming all the way to his feet.
He reaches back and grabs the knee with his left hand.
He pushes down on the knee to open the guard and drive the leg to the mat.
As he pushes their leg down, he drives his knee through and drops it to the far side, trapping their thigh under his shin.
Alternate angle: His rear knee is off the ground and he's driving forward with it.
As he drives forward, he lays his weight on their chest and he reaches behind their head.
Alternate angle: You can see how he is still pinning their thigh under his shin.
Here's where Raspado has a dirty little secret. He should circle his rear foot out and pass all the way to side control. But he doesn't. Instead, he releases their leg from under his shin and lets them take half guard.
He drives his right hand under their arm for the underhook. This locks down their upper body and prevents them from taking his back.
To further secure the position, he drives his chest even higher and punches his underhook even higher.
While securing his upper body, Raspado is also working on the lower in order to control their legs and hips.
Here you see their legs in a mostly neutral position, just as Raspado is put into half guard.
He brings his left heel under their calf and lifts the leg.
He then threads his left foot through and hooks his right ankle, and his right foot hooks their ankle. Doing this makes his top position very secure and kills the bottom man's hip movement.
For those of you paying attention, you'll notice that he just did lockdown from the top. I find that very interesting.
Here's an example. The bottom man is going to bridge and try to throw Raspado off, once with lockdown and once without.
Without the lockdown, the bottom man's bridge bumps Raspado's really high and makes sweeping much easier.
With the lockdown, the same bridge doesn't have anywhere near the same effect. Raspado's weight it locked to their hips, taking all the strength out of their bridge.
If they do try to bridge and roll him to his left, Raspado will post with his right foot (crossing over top of their leg) and on his left elbow.
Last edited by Aesopian; 10/17/2006 12:21am at .
Cool. Is this the guy who thinks Ben Glossip is a good MMA trainer?
I remember this guy. LOL! He had a great time at our school with Glover wrecking him.
He's still talking about how much he enjoyed training at Cobra Kai and getting destroyed by Glover. He found it really inspiring to see a gym with so many young guys who compete constantly.
I love attacking the neck/arm from the half guard and am looking forward to incorporating some of those finer points.
I found that after a point I quit trying to pass the half guard and just attacked from here, has anyone else encountered that? I'm focusing on passing again as I'm trying to compete in tournaments, but it has been a conscious effort.