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Kick Your Opponent's Butt To Get a Sweep In Half Guard
Butt Kick Entrance into Single Leg by Leonardo Saggioro
Leonardo Saggioro is considered by many to be one of the greatest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts in the world alive today. What makes Leonardo Saggioro an all time great is the simplicity with which he approaches his jiu jitsu game. Similar in style to Bernardo Faria (whom he trained for years). Let’s take a look at a cool video where Leonardo "Cascao" Saggioro shows a butt kick entrance to get into the single leg half guard. Then we will break it down and discuss his technique. Check it out now!
Leonardo likes to play a half guard and over under pass style of jiu jitsu. It is an easy game to adapt and does not require a high level of skill or athleticism.
Saggioro starts this technique in half guard by freeing his opponent’s gi from the belt and opening up the lapel before scooping under with arm and adjusting his hips. From here your opponent will instinctively go for a knee cut, framing with his hand on your collar and cutting your arm with his knee in order to stop your hand from getting around his leg. This is where the lapel comes into play. By grabbing the lapel and feeding it through to your other hand behind your opponent’s thigh you set yourself up to control his posture. Notice how active Saggioro is with his foot, setting him self up in the style of an inverted De La Riva. Saggioro grabs his opponent’s collar and with his foot kicks him forward, breaking the posture. This gives Saggioro and opportunity to base with his elbow and get to his knees so he can come up on all fours. Now he will lift the lapel (that he never let go of) under his opponent’s thigh and pull him down with a single leg. Powerful stuff!
What I really like about this one is how Leonardo Saggioro first frees the lapel, knowing ahead of time how his opponent will attempt to defend his arm as he scoops under in an attempt to grip the back of his thigh. It is a great way to maintain connectivity and control over a person’s body and the way it moves. There are a lot of details in this technique, so watch this video a couple of times, and be sure to give this one a try the next time you are fighting from bottom half!