Half Guard Pass Underhook and Tripod
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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
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