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 462 - Framing and Protecting Your Space

Inside the University 462 - Framing and Protecting Your Space

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Touching on the concept of personal space, Xande explains the importance of framing and not letting your opponent's close the distance. The more he's pressuring you while on top, the more uncomfortable you will be, so create space with your hips and place your frames to keep him at a distance.

Inside the University 461 - Escaping the Half Guard Smash

Inside the University 461 - Escaping the Half Guard Smash

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Xande's opponent is on top in his half guard with the underhook and a heavy shoulder, smashing Xande. His first reaction is to kind of punch his opponent's face with his biceps as he escapes his hips and gets on his side. Now with his other arm framing at the hip, he pushes his foot off the mat to escape his hips more and pry his top knee inside, and his other leg scissors his opponent's trapped leg. From here he can work to swivel his hips square and replace his full guard.

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.

Inside the University 447 - Setting Up Deep Half Guard

Inside the University 447 - Setting Up Deep Half Guard

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Special Guest Instructor Lionel Marra teaches this weeks class and shows some of his favorite deep half guard techniques. Starting in half guard, Lionel's opponent gets the cross face and puts heavy pressure on him. With both knees pinching his opponent's leg, he turns his hips a little to raise his opponent's hip off the mat, giving him room to slide his arm underneath and frame on the belly. Next he brings his other hand up to frame on the shoulder. Now he lowers his legs so he is pinching his opponent's leg below the knee, and he swims his arm underneath the leg to cup the thigh. It is important that while he moves his legs, he does not uncross them and allow his opponent to pass.

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 6 - Birth of the Knee Shield

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 6 - Birth of the Knee Shield

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Xande is successful using his arm to block the crossface, but now when Saulo brings his arm over Xande's head, he also switches his base to smash with his hips. This is when Xande can punch his knee in between them and start shielding. Here he can start to extend his body away and push off Saulo's hips to create the space he needs to bring his leg all the way through and replace the guard.

Josh Hinger Series 3 - Sniper Guillotine from Half Guard

Josh Hinger Series 3 - Sniper Guillotine from Half Guard

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Josh is playing half guard with his shin shield blocking his opponent's shoulder and one hand blocking the other arm. He grips his opponent's hand that is on his knee and he kicks his leg straight as he reaches to the triceps for the arm drag. He drags the arm across his body and then kicks his leg again to sit up and reach over the back. Now he lets go of the triceps and wraps his arm around the head, cupping his own thigh if he can. He brings his other arm under the shoulder to lock the seat belt grip, and falls to his back, letting the shoulder pop out of his arm control. Now he can pull his own arm across and squeeze to finish the guillotine.