Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 6 - Head Lock Sweep

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 6 - Head Lock Sweep

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It's Yan Lucas' turn to ask Leonel a question, so he starts in the deep half where Leonel has the sleeve grip under the leg and is framing with his arm. To defend the first sweep, Yan gets the cross face, places his head in Leonel's chest and sprawls his free leg back to stay low. Now Leonel brings his arm up, reaches over the back of Yan's head and grabs the armpit. From here he crunches his body, forcing Yan's head and knee together, and pushes off the mat with his feet to turn his hips to the outside and roll Yan over the top.


Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 5 - Hip Bump Sweep with Double Unders

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 5 - Hip Bump Sweep with Double Unders

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With the same grips and position set up as in the previous two techniques, now Xande has a question on what Leonel will do if he can break Leonel's sleeve grip. The first thing he does is feed the same side lapel to his hand and grips that instead of the sleeve. Then he swims his other arm under the leg and switches the grip to his other hand, and now uses his forearm as a frame to keep Xande from using his knee to pressure. By opening his elbow, Leonel creates space to bring his free arm between the legs and grabs the belt, pants or even other lapel if it's accessible. Now he can raise his hips and bridge to finish the hip bump sweep.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 4 - Sit Up Sweep

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 4 - Sit Up Sweep

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Showing another variation from the previous technique, Leonel begins with the sleeve grip under the leg and Xande's knee in the middle on his belly. This time however, Xande steps his outside leg up to keep a base. As soon as he does, Leonel swings his leg forward and sits up to an S position, keeping his knees pinched tight. With his free hand posted on the mat, he pulls himself up to his knees, pulling Xande's leg away and sweeping him in the process.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 3 - Sweep when Opponent Puts His Knee in the Middle

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 3 - Sweep when Opponent Puts His Knee in the Middle

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In this technique, Xande is inside Leonel's half guard and using his knee to put pressure on Leonel's belly. With his knees pinching Xande's leg, Leonel uses his knee to bump Xande forward, and he brings his arm under the leg and grips the sleeve. Xande's reaction is to get a cross face and try to smash Leonel, so Leonel reaches over the back and grabs the belt. Now he pushes off the mat with his feet to lift his hips, and turns the opposite direction his hips are facing, rolling Xande over him and finishing on top. To pass, he can easily kick his leg back and get to side control.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 2 - Hip Bump Sweep with Lapel Grip

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 2 - Hip Bump Sweep with Lapel Grip

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Answering Saulo's question about what to do if he can't get the sleeve grip, Leonel pulls the same side lapel and feeds it to his hand that is under the leg. Then he swims his far hand under the leg, and switches the lapel to that hand. From here it is common for his opponent to underhook his arm, but he can simply close his elbow and trap it. Now he grabs the pants with his inside hand, and bumps his hips as before to finish the sweep.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 1 - Hip Bump Sweep from Deep Half Guard

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 1 - Hip Bump Sweep from Deep Half Guard

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Leonel begins in half guard and Saulo is on top with a cross face grip and his hips turned toward Leonel. By framing his arm against Saulo's stomach, Leonel creates space and kicks his legs down so he can trap the lower leg between his knees. Now he has space to swim his arm under the leg and make a sleeve grip on Saulo's arm, and pulls it down so he can again frame his arm on the belly. Here he makes a grip on the knee, and bumps his hips up explosively as he punches the knee away, and bridges to come to the top.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 6 - Half Guard Knee Shield Sweep

Eduardo Inojosa Series 6 - Half Guard Knee Shield Sweep

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Starting from his half guard, Eduardo places his knee shield at his opponent's chest, and makes a cross collar grip and a pants grip at the outside of the far knee. Next he pushes at his opponent, causing him to push back, and he uses the momentum to throw him over the top, forcing him to post on his hands. Now Eduardo can escape his hips, get to his elbow and stand up in base, keeping control of his opponent's leg as he comes up and forcing the sweep.

Inside the University 452 - A Preview of More to Come

Inside the University 452 - A Preview of More to Come

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Wrapping up his class on deep half guard, Leonel Marra stresses the importance of practicing and repeating the positions in order to learn them. He also gives a nice preview of many more deep half guard techniques in his game that we can look forward to seeing from him in the future.

Inside the University 451 - Deep Half Guard Sweep to Foot Lock

Inside the University 451 - Deep Half Guard Sweep to Foot Lock

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Leonel hits his deep half guard sweep after his opponent cross faces him, as shown in the previous technique, and has established top position. He steps his knee up so that both of his opponent's legs are on top of his thigh. While still controlling the sleeve grip, his other arm wraps around the ankle to begin his foot lock attack, and he pulls the top leg across the bottom leg, and tucks his elbow in between. Now he steps his other leg so his knee is on the belly, and he sits back perpendicular, making sure to squeeze his knees the whole time as he finishes the foot lock.

Inside the University 450 - Deep Half Guard Sweep when Cross Faced

Inside the University 450 - Deep Half Guard Sweep when Cross Faced

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Again Leonel sets up his deep half guard with the sleeve grip fed behind his opponent's leg, escapes his shoulder and turn into his opponent to reach over the back and grab the belt. However, this time his opponent gets a strong cross face and puts heavy pressure on Leonel head. Now he turns back so his hips are facing up, and his hand that was grabbing the belt now grips the pants at the knee. To sweep, he bridges his hips, pushes the knee and rolls to come to the top. It is important to note that all these sweeping actions are done fast and simultaneously.

Inside the University 449 - Deep Half Guard Sweep to Saulo Choke

Inside the University 449 - Deep Half Guard Sweep to Saulo Choke

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Using the same set ups previously shown, Lionel sets up the deep half guard on his opponent, sits up to reach over the back grabbing the belt, and sweeps his opponent the same as before. Now when he lands on top, he keeps control of the leg and settles in a leg drag position. His top hand reaches to grab the cross collar with his thumb in, and he crawls to the side dropping his elbow to the mat to finish the Saulo choke.

Inside the University 448 - Deep Half Guard Sweep to Kneebar

Inside the University 448 - Deep Half Guard Sweep to Kneebar

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Having set up the deep half guard, Lionel is ready to hunt for sweeps. His opponent is posting his arm on the mat, so Lionel reaches to block the arm and at the same time kicks his legs and spins his hips to the outside, and grabs his opponent’s sleeve with his arm that’s hugging the leg. Now he uses a big spin back to the inside, posts his elbow on the floor, and reaches over the back to grab the belt. From here, he can easily drop down to his shoulder and roll back the other way to sweep his opponent and get on top in half guard. An option to submit is by pinching the leg with his legs, and flexing his hips to finish the kneebar.