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Let Lachlan Giles Tighten Up Your Half Guard With This Sweep!
No-Gi Half Guard Sweep (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 a half guard sweep. He begins the video by stating that half guard can either be very good or bad depending on your position. Certainly if we are chest to chest with our back on the mats then the position is bad. If we are on are side with an under hook then the position is favorable. Giles now discusses how to transition from a bad position in half guard to a good position. The first key is to address the cross face. A cross face not only creates a considerable amount of discomfort. It is also extremely difficult to escape when applied. To address the cross face Giles grabs the near side shoulder. He then brings his far side arm in, frames with a grip on his opponent’s shoulder. Lachlan states that it is important not to drive to hard into our training partner with our frame. Framing with too much force can set us up for the arm triangle. Next, Lachlan posts his foot on the mat and shrimps his way in order to bring his top side leg in as a frame. Giles notes that one reason why this movement often fails is we don’t bring our hips far enough out. Notice how Lachlan is now on his side. His knee is framing against his opponent and his arm is supporting the knee. Next Giles kicks his foot out and gets an under hook. It is an important detail that his under hook is around his opponent’s waist. From here Giles is quick to turn the corner. Lachlan states that our training partner can flatten us out if we remain in place. Next Giles’ far leg comes over and drags his leg across. Did you catch how he finishes the sweep? He pulls his opponent’s leg toward him while driving his own weight forward.
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!