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Simple Rollover Sweep From Dog Fight Half Guard With Bernardo Faria
Rollover Sweep From Dog Fight by Bernardo Faria
If you play a lot of half guard you will probably be familiar with the dog fight position. It is a common position that you can end up in from many different positions, including defending a single leg. You will often see this position in wrestling and it is also very common in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well. One person who is very familiar with both the half guard and the dog fight position is none other than Bernardo Faria. Bernardo Faria has long been one of the most dominant fighters in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Bernardo is infamous for implementing simplicity into every aspect of his Jiu Jitsu. Bernardo is a multiple time Black Belt World Champion and has even won the most prestigious title in all of Jiu Jitsu, that being, the Open Class World Title at Black Belt. Commonly known for his trademark over under passing position, his deep half guard and his single leg half guard, Bernardo has always used these techniques, although his opponent’s know his game, very few have ever been able to stop him from implementing his will.
In half guard you will find the easiest and most effective sweeps in jiu jitsu that you can use to sweep bigger and stronger opponents every time.
The list of Bernardo Faria’s achievements is long. Some of his most prominent accomplishments are: IBJJF World Champion 2010, 2013, 2015, IBJJF Open Class World Champion 2015, IBJJF Pro League Champion 2014, IBJJF Pan-American Champion 2010, 2015, IBJJF Pan American Open Class Champion 2010, 2016, and CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Champion 2010.
Today Bernardo Faria is going to demonstrate one of his most effective moves: the rollover sweep from dog fight position. This is a no gi sweep that starts from half guard that Bernardo has innovated on himself from years of top competitive experience. Watch the video below of Bernardo Faria demonstrating the roll over sweep and then we will break down the technique below. Check it out now!
Bernardo starts off this demonstration in your classic half guard position with the knee shield. In this example Bernardo shoots in for a single leg sweep, setting his under hook very shallow. From here Bernardo lies down and opens up the tricep of his train partner, controlling the arm at the elbow. He also opens up his shoulder at the same time. Once he does this, Faria uses his right leg to trap his opponent’s leg. He extends the leg out and away from his training partner’s body which starts to stretch his whole body out. You will notice at this point Bernardo’s training partner has the whizzer set. Bernardo comes up into his knees. This is the dog fight position. At this point you might want to pause the video and ask yourself, who is in control here? Yes, Bernardo’s training partner has the whizzer, but does he really have anything else? Bernardo has his leg trapped and can use his arm around the back to control his opponent’s posture. Believe it or not Bernardo still has a great amount of control in this position, though it is not one you would want to hang out in for long.
Now that Bernardo is in his dog fight position he has a couple of options. The first thing Bernardo will try is to reach across and grab his opponent’s knee. But in this case his opponent widens his base, putting the leg out of Faria’s reach. This now opens up the option for Bernardo to feed his arm through his opponent’s base and forward roll. He rolls all the way through to sweep his opponent, landing on the opposite side, landing with the under hook.
Bernardo demonstrates this sweep from a couple of angles with a great amount of detail. This is one of the reasons Bernardo is not only considered a top competitor but a top instructor as well. The truth is, the more of these details you can pick up on, the more success you will have when it comes to hitting this sweep. There is a lot going on here, even in just the set up to get into the dog fight position.
As you would suspect, this is a very high level technique that works in both gi and no gi. Try this one out the next time you are looking for some new, surprising sweeps from half guard. Getting into the dog fight position from half guard is very common, so the more familiar you become with it, the more well rounded your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game will be! I hope you found this technique useful. Thank you to Bernardo Faria for demonstrating this technique for us here today.