Back Step Half Guard Pass [HIGH PERCENTAGE]
How to do the Back Step Half Guard Pass
We are never too experienced in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to focus on the basics. The fundamentals of jiu jitsu are what master practitioners use to compete and win at very high level tournaments. Both the half guard and the back step half guard pass are jiu jitsu as its very basics. Though the half guard comes from an evolution of full guard in the sport of BJJ, the concept of stepping back to pass a guard is as old as jiu jitsu itself. Today we will be looking at one of the basics: the back step half guard pass as demonstrated by Roberto 'Gordo' Correa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Watch the video below and then we will discuss the technique. Check it out now!
If you find yourself caught in half guard, this back step could be the right way to transition out of it. Roberto Correa shows us how to plant with our hands so that we can lift our hips and untangle the legs. At the same time you lift your hips and straight your legs your knee will come out of half guard allowing you to take the back step over your opponent, switching into side control. Notice though that your leg is not completely free, so you will need to pressure while moving your hips back to slide your leg out and free your foot. Correa gives us an important tip on grips here. One hand needs to remain under your opponent’s head and neck, gripping his gi at the shoulder. The other hand needs to be “slicing” from behind the opponent’s knee, controlling that leg the entire time you are escaping your own leg.
The key takeaways from this video are: basing with your hands on the mats above your opponent’s head. From here, hips up to straight your leg and escape your knee. Take a big back step over your opponent and establish your grips behind his neck and knee. This puts you in a relatively safe position to start escaping your own leg. Once you work this you should be able to get your foot out and establish strong side control.
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