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Is Your Shin-to-Shin Guard Missing These Important Details From The Legendary Lachlan Giles?

Is Your Shin-to-Shin Guard Missing These Important Details From The Legendary Lachlan Giles?



Sweeps from Shin-to-Shin Guard (Lachlan Giles)

Who is Lachlan Giles?  He is a Jiu Jitsu black belt under John Simon and arguable one of the top Australian grapplers of his generation.  Giles earned his distinguished reputation in prestigious tournaments such as IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, Pan Pacific Championship, Boa Super 8 and Eddie Bravo Invitational.

Giles hails from Melbourne, Australia. At a young age he was influenced by martial arts movies. He was introduced to Jiu Jitsu at the age of 15 when he saw Royce Gracie’s legendary performance at UFC 1. Lachlan began his training in Jiu Jitsu under Tyrone Crosse. It was under Tyrone’s tutelage that he progressed to purple belt. His club changed coaches and Lachlan progressed to black belt under John Simon. It is worth noting that Giles was also heavily influenced by Thiago Stefanutti.  Thiago also awarded Giles the first degree on his black belt.

Lachlan Giles is an ADCC Veteran, Pan Pacific Champion and coach to one of the fastest rising starts, Craig Jones!


Lachlan has many exceptional achievements as a grappler. He is the ADCC Asia & Oceania Trials Champion in 2015 and 2017. He is the IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion and Pan Pacific No-GI Champion in 2016 and 2017.  He won the UAEJJF Continental Pro Champion in 2018. Giles also took second place at the Boa Super 8 1st Edition and 2nd Edition in 2015. Lachlan took 3rd place at Eddie Bravo Invitational 5.  He claimed second place at the 2018 UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi and 3rd place at the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship in 2017.

In this video Lachlan Giles explores sweeps from shin to shin. He begins the video by stating that attacking arm drags is a great set up to enter shin to shin. Next Lachlan catches his opponent with his toes and moves into the shin to shin position. His arm is around his opponent’s leg. Giles notes an important detail. If we allow space with our arm then our training partner can get an under hook. It is important for that arm to be tight. Next Lachlan falls to his side and enters single leg x. To finish the sweep Giles catches his opponent’s secondary foot with his far side hand and drives his weight forward. The conversation now transitions on how to counter this shin on shin attack. Giles states that he does not stand tall or lean away from his opponent.  A better solution is to squat with one knee posted on the matt and the other leg out. From here he should be able to set up a variety of passes. The video concludes with the counter to this counter. Lachlan is certainly a craft grappler and he has an answer to almost everything.  He begins by securing a grip on his opponent’s far leg. Next he rolls to his lower back to create space. With this space he is then able to sit back up to a combat stance.  From this new position he can go straight into take a double leg. Giles concludes with an important detail. Did you catch it? He does not fall back all the way to his shoulder. He only falls to his lower back. He also keeps his back rounder to facilitate coming back to a combat stance.

This video is a wonderful example of Lachlan Giles’s ability to communicate technique to even novice grapplers.  Like all of Giles’ instructional videos, there is a lot of detail. I know that I often gain new insights every time I re-watch one of his videos. Certainly, they have a powerful impact on anyone who makes a careful study of them. Giles’ education, the success of his students and the popularity that he has achieved are testaments to his exceptional abilities as an instructor. Certainly the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have him.

Come and learn one of the world’s most important guards from one of the world’s best instructors, Lachlan Giles. The head coach of Australia’s Absolute MMA, is back to show one of his best positions, the offensive half guard. He explores the techniques that he uses to win tons of tournaments at the world black belt level. Get it now from BJJ Fanatics!




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