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Coyote Half Guard With Alexandre Vieira
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Coyote Half Guard With Alexandre Vieira

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Different Variation Of The Coyote Half Guard by Alexandre Vieira

In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu there is an endless amount of ways to play the half guard. Guys like Bernardo Faria, Tom DeBlass, Eduardo Telles, Mikey Musumeci, Travis Stevens, and more are notorious for their mastery of the half guard. The half guard is so commonly used because it is a great guard to mount sweeps and submissions from. Often times, high level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors will spend countless hours, days, and years training to hone their half guard technique into precision movements. There are so many details that go into make any half guard technique work on an elite level, and so there is never an end to what you can learn when playing half guard.

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The coyote half guard is also sometimes known as the dog fight position. The principles are the same. From half guard you are looking to hook your training partner’s leg, and trap it as you get to your knees with an under hook. You will see that Alexandre has his own unique approach to this position. Watch the video below of Alexandre Vieira demonstrating the coyote half guard and then we will break down his technique. Check it out now!

Alexandre Vieira starts off this technique in the standard bottom half guard position. With an under hook set, you want to switch your legs. Alexandre takes his outside leg and places it on the inside of his training partner’s leg. This allows him to hook the leg with his foot. Once he has the leg, he pulls it as close to his butt as he can. In doing this, he creates a lot of space by twisting his body to the side. Now Alexandre can feed his arm through between his chest and his training partner’s hip. He never lets go over his under hook grip, either grabbing at the belt or the gi pants. Take note of Vieira’s posture in this position. He has the hand he feed through control the back of his opponent’s thigh. His opponent’s leg is also extending up and out, away from his body.

Most of the time your training partner will try to pressure you down in order to fight this. You can use this movement to come up to your knees. Once you get up to your knees you will be able to set your grips a little bit deeper than before. This allows you to have complete control over one side of your training partner’s body. To get the sweep from here is pretty straight forward. Alexandre simply feeds his head through in order to forward roll over his shoulder. Vieira rolls all the way through, ending up with his training partner’s legs captured in the side control position.

As you can probably tell, this is a very effective sweep from half guard. What I like the most about the coyote half guard is that it methodically shuts down your training partner’s defense from the top position. By first trapping the leg and pulling it away from your opponent’s body you have already weakened his base. Then, with your grips you isolate the entire half side of your training partner’s body, making him unable to resist the forward roll through into side control. Alexandre demonstrates simple, yet precision technique, that when done correctly can be highly effective. If you love playing half guard then the coyote guard is definitely for you. Alexandre is one of the great innovators of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and his techniques revolutionize fundamental concepts. By employing some of Vieira’s techniques you too will also grow to have a very unique style of play, which will leave your opponent’s guessing what will happen next. Anyways, I hope you found this video useful and I want to give a big thank you to Alexandre Vieira for demonstrating this technique for us today!

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