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Beat The Half Guard Whizzer With Rodrigo Artilheiro

Beat The Half Guard Whizzer With Rodrigo Artilheiro


How To Beat The Whizzer by Rodrigo Artilheiro

When you think about some of the most knowledgeable instructors in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu scene you will have likely thought of Rodrigo Artilheiro. Rodrigo is a black belt in Jiu Jitsu, a world class wrestling, a judo black belt, a krav maga instructor, and an all around knowledgeable guy when it comes to grappling and martial arts. Rodrigo was a Brazilian National Champion in wrestling and a Brazilian National Champion in Judo. He also has won the Worlds master black belt in Jiu Jitsu and competed in ADCC. The list of Rodrigo’s achievements is endless. Today Rodrigo is here with 5 time World Champion Bernardo Faria to share a really cool technique on how to take out the whizzer when you are playing half guard. Bernardo Faria is known for playing half guard, which makes this an interesting technique for him to learn. Watch the video now and then we will break down Rodrigo Artilheiro’s technique for beating the whizzer. Check it out now!

Rodrigo is also known for having a killer closed guard, he actually calls it a lazy closed guard due to at how easy it is to dominate your opponents in this forgotten position.


Rodrigo Artilheiro starts this demonstration in bottom half guard. Typically the way he sets this up is with a high knee shield and a cross collar grip on his training partner’s gi lapel. He emphasizes the placement of his arm; notice that it is tucked inside the leg that he is using for the knee shield. By bracing his elbow he is further able to support his hand that has the cross collar grip. If Bernardo starts moving back, Rodrigo simply pulls him forward. If Bernardo starts pushing in Rodrigo pushes him away, keeping his distance. From here Rodrigo goes for the under hook. He punches through with his arm and kicks his leg as if he is going for the scissor sweep. From here he kicks is leg and shoots in for the under hook. Now Rodrigo tries to bring his out side leg forward by bumping Bernardo forwarding and switching position. His left ankle goes cross over and now he has captured his training partner’s leg.  Notice there this is a position where Bernardo can really put a lot of pressure on Rodrigo with the whizzer. To clear this, you want to drive forward with your knees and create momentum as you fake the sweep and snap your training partner down. From here you have beat the whizzer and have control of your training partner’s back.

As you can tell, this is a very cool technique. Even just the way Rodrigo plays half guard is really unique. He uses his knee to control the distance by either pushing or pull his opponent. Then when he gets up to the dog fight position Rodrigo pretends to go for a sweep and then instead pull his hand out and clears the whizzer. This is the most important detail of the entire technique, as it is what creates a distraction and causes your opponent to get tricked. So if you are having any problems with the whizzer this might be a good one for you to try the next time you are in a live roll or in competition. It could be the difference between clearing the whizzer and getting smashed. I hope you found this video useful. Thank you Rodrigo Artilheiro for sharing this amazing technique with us today!

Tap Out Everyone In The Gym With The Original Old School Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Position: The Closed Guard. 38 Year Old Rodrigo Arthileiro Is Unstoppable In This Position & He Can Show You How To Be As Well

Do you know what position the best grapplers hate being in most? The Closed Guard? Why, there are zero attacks from inside of it and the guy who holds Closed Guard controls you. His legs are wrapped around you like an Anaconda and if he is trained correctly, you are all done. So you want to be the guy who puts people in closed guard. For whatever reason, the Closed Guard is out of style as people use new flashy moves like the Worm Guard & Berimbolo variations but the Closed Guard is still as strong as ever.

Dominate the mats with this old school Lazy Closed Guard System By Rodrigo Arthileiro.



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