Video: Five ways to shut down and pass a nasty half guard

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AJ Agazarm works to pass the half guard. Photo: Erin Herle

AJ Agazarm works to pass the half guard. Photo: Erin Herle

The half guard is a move that can be a position of strength for both the bottom player and the top player. Some people use the half guard as their first choice in attacks and sweeps while others who end up in half guard on bottom are considered to be half passed.

As a top player, the half guard can mean that you’re almost passed and with the various ways in which people play the position, there are many ways to shut it down and pass.

Check out five ways to deal with pesky half guards:

Xande Ribeiro shows how to flatten an opponent in half-guard:

Philipe Della Monica shows how to pass the deep half guard:

Master Ricardo Cavalcanti shows how to pass using the back step:

Marcio Feitosa shows how to pass by sprawling the hips:

Rafael Lovato Jr. shows how to deal with the underhook when you’re in a cross-knee pass:

Try these out and let us know how they work for you in the comments below!

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