Half Guard Pass- Dragon Tail
- on Oct 23, 2012
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The Dragon Tail or more commonly called Back Stepping is a great way to add depth to your game, especially against an opponent who likes to use the Underhook.
In this video I show some of the finer points of being successful when you Back Step. The first step is to clear your knee. This is an important step that is often taught but under stressed. Besides it being a good idea to clear your knee from the Half Guard it also sets up this move, takes pressure off your knee AND aligns your hips
The Reverse Sit is my BEST Half Guard pass. It is my A game and is very high percentage.
There is a little bit of perception that needs to be built when you reverse sit. You want your weight on your opponent ( check the video to see that my butt is not on the ground) and you need to bury your chest as deep as you can into that underhook.
One of the things that makes this pass awesome is it is a great way to kill your opponents underhook. This pass is also great because it is difficult t more
In this video I show the next logical move after you have obtained a deep underhook. Having a deep underhook opens up the pathway to the back!
There are plenty of ways to finish coming out on the back, in this video I show one way to do it. I emphasize pulling my opponent back into me instead of hipping up and over. I have heard that by having that hook in you hare "half way to the back" but in reality that hook is as much of a liability as it is a benefit. If you take the back the way th more
In this video I show a popular Butterfly Guard Pass called The Steering Wheel Pass.
This pass became popular about 6 or 7 years ago. I remember the first time I saw it and we drilled the hell out of it. It's very useful and I still use it today!
This pass is fairly easy and doesn't have a lot of different steps. The difficult problem is that you need your upper body and lower body to work simultaneously and in different directions which can take some practice.
I will be posting a 5 or 6 more
In this video I show a basic Butterfly Guard Pass called Control The Ankle and Flatten Out.
I learned this when I was a white belt and I still use the concepts a lot in my passing game. The idea of controlling your opponents legs with one arm by gripping the far pant leg and then flattening out will be an invaluable skill to have at the higher levels.
The first, and most overlooked piece, is to bring your opponents ankles close to their butt and then to squeeze with your knees. I will almost more
In this video I show one of my highest percentage Butterfly Guard Passes The Modified Cartwheel. This is a great option and works at all levels. I especially like to use it against advanced players as they do not expect a larger player like me to do something like this.
This is distinctly different from a regular cartwheel pass as it starts on your knees and does not require you to support your body weight on your arms. As a matter of a fact that is one of the hardest part of this pass, it r more
In this video I go over a defense to the Back Step.
As you progress in grappling competition the skill of your opponents will go up. With this increase in skill there will also be an increase in the depth of their games. As a white belt and blue belt I very rarely encountered anyone that used the Back Step. It was basically all Knee Cut Pass or passes to my dominate side.
After getting my purple belt it was more common to see people switch directions mid pass. As a black belt it's almost more
This is a very simple and effective Half Guard Pass. It works well as a beginner and continues to be effective all the way through the ranks.
One of the great things about this pass is it does not require a lot of hip movement, balance or strength. As long as you understand how the leverage is applied by "caterpillaring" your body down your opponents legs (reference the video).
Make sure that when you make space for your hand under the legs you do not over commit yourself to pushing into more
In this video I show a very simple and effective Half Guard Pass, The Underhook and Tripod (I've also heard to it referred to as the Knee Cut Pass and a few others).
This is a pass that is picked up easily by beginners because of it's wide base and the simple fact that you do not have to have a lot of balance to do it.
This, and most of my other Half Guard Techniques, center around having the underhook. If you can not start with the underhook then you can not do this pass. Please refer more
In this video I show a unique pass that was shown to me by one of my past instructors, Luis Togno. Luis was a great guy with some sick grappling skills and I think this pass showcases Luis's love for abusing people with their own kimono.
The first step is to obviously get to the Reverse Sit position. I have heard this called all sorts of things but basically that position where you are in Half Guard with you chest facing your opponent. This is a very solid position that can lead to a lot of g more
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