Half The Guard, None Of The Problem
-The more you train, the more you find your ‘style’, those moves and attacks that work for you, that you go to over and over. When it comes to passing, some like to pressure and crush, others may prefer to drag the leg by, or weave, or knee slide. One of the greatest things about this DVD set is that Gabriel knows this, and has connected his fundamentals to a wide and diverse variation of passes that any style can benefit from. No matter your age, no matter your body type, no matter your experience level, there is something here that can change the way you approach one of the most common battles in BJJ. Also see the technical mastery that Gabriel developed passing one of the world’s most dangerous deep half guards every day, as he takes you through how to stay safe, how to stay in control, then how to pass in a variety of ways. You have got to see the way he is able to control the position as he steps over to reverse half guard, putting himself back in control without ever exposing or compromising his base, then connects it to a pass. A lot of fighters attempt this, but they are missing the key gripping and control details that Gabriel shows here. Now, you can avoid those problems all together.
-When you fight against good half guard players, it’s just a matter of time until you are left battling the knee shield (or Z guard), a position that has a strong reputation for being one of the most frustrating in BJJ. You’ve done so much, you get so close to finally being able to impose your pressure and take over, and then your opponent slides in that knee and the distance you worked so hard to remove is back. The more you press in, the more you feed into their game, and the more you move back, the more you concede the space you worked so hard to take away. Now, with Gabriel’s knee shield passes, take the third (best) option and move around the guard instead, using your grips to keep them in place while you weave and slide to your opponent’s weak side.