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No Gi Half Guard Tip That Will Change Your Game
Game Changing Tom DeBlass Half Guard Tip
If you have been around the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu scene for any time at all you will have surely been exposed to half guard. As one of the most sought after grappling athletes and instructors in America, Tom DeBlass is a specialist when it comes to half guard. In the video below, Tom DeBlass shares with us a game changing tip for half guard while on vacation in Costa Rica. Never one to take days off, Tom DeBlass shows a game changing tip to prevent yourself from having your under hook taken.
Tom Deblass is full of tips on how to dominate opponents from the half guard with sweeps and submissions.
Check out the video below and then we will break it down.
Tom starts off in half guard, demonstrating how too many of us make the mistake of trying to push away our opponent. You have to understand that you can’t give up the under hook, but at the same time you can’t just push your opponent away as this does not allow you to be offense. What you should do instead is keep your elbow to the inside of your body. In this position you can remove your knee shield, allowing your opponent to pressure forward, giving you an opportunity to get an under hook as he comes forward. It is impossible for your opponent to do a whizzer from here, allowing you an opportunity to enter deep half.
By welcoming your partner to come forward rather than trying to push him away you give them an opportunity to pass, which you can use to your advantage. Make sure you do not give up the under hook by remember to keep your elbow inside before dropping your knee shield. Once you establish your under hook you can bump the guy on top and start moving to a more advantageous position. This a great and simple tip to remember the next time you are drilling half guard, or find yourself on bottom in live roll. Awesome stuff from Tom DeBlass!