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How to Do 2 Half Guard Basics | MMA Fighting


All right guys. Now we’re going to talk about
half guard bottom defense and sweeps, but first, let’s talk about position. Remember
jiu-jitsu is position before submission. Two positions, okay. First, half guard position.
Okay, I have one leg controlled. I prefer to control in a lock down. One leg over his
leg, under your leg. Bring your leg, inside leg, under his. Watch again. My outside leg
goes over, under my thigh. Inside leg goes under his leg and I stretch both equally this
way, as I squeeze my knees together. Now, this is not good. He’s got the under
hook. He’s going to put his elbow on my face and he’s going to make my life very difficult
by striking me. So I can’t allow that. I can’t allow that. I need to get an under hook on
the same side that I have a leg out. Whatever leg is out, that’s the side you get the under
hook. You have many ways to do it. You can go like
this, or I like to do it a little bit more muay thai style, cupping the head. Turn the
head. Turn the head. If he gets his elbow in your throat. Pull the elbow. Put your elbow
here. Pummel out. Right? Again. (?) Pummel out. Boom. Turn the head. See how I turn the
head? Turn the head. Turn the head. Elbow in his face. Come and get the under hook.
Shift to your side. This is fundamental position number one. Get him locked here, or here. Now, this next one. I was taught to it by
Elio Seneca. Fundamental position number two. This position here. However, some people get
this here like this. This is bad for MMA because he’s going to be hitting me like crazy with
this hand. Elbows, elbows. And I don’t have a good control here. He might even come over
with an elbow here . So I always have to do this over hook grip. How do I establish that?
Here. So I’m here. I can’t get my lock down. I can’t get my lock down. So I hip out and
bring my feet in. Cross my feet here. Block here, like that. See that? Now, I can bring
my hand over. If he doesn’t do anything, I come up and take his back. Now, fundamental one. I’m here. He’s flat.
Leg over, under mine. Stretch the legs. Turn his head. Under hook, and I’m good. The second
position. I don’t get the lock down. I don’t get the lock down. So I hip escape out, holding
him tight. Slide my knee in. Cross my feet. Push and hold tight. Under hook in again and
I go back to fundamental one. Those are the two start positions for whatever we want to
do in half guard. Next, we’ll talk about sweeps.

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