Half Guard on Top – Top position from the Half Guard

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  1. Bobby H February 26, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Hi Henry, great course, just one question, what do you do to deal with someone who has went from a knee shield type half guard to sitting up (they have the undertook and are up on their elbow or hand?) Many thanks.

    • Henry A February 28, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Usually when they sit up like that it’s to take the back or get on top, the quick answer without video is either pummel my arm back inside so they do not have the underhook, you need to bring your arm over their head and swim back in leading with the elbow, OR (say they are using their right arm to underhook my left) I swim my right arm onto the far side of their head and lay my chest on them to flatten them back out, it depends if they have glued their head to your chest though, if its too close you can use the arm to create a frame…. sorry man teaching Jiu-Jitsu with just text is very difficult to do, i will try to film a video for this in the future

      • Bobby H March 8, 2017 at 5:48 pm

        Thanks for the reply Henry, so the repummel or framing is the best way to go – so I take it you wouldn’t advocate back stepping to what is usually known as reverse half guard then?

      • zamy y October 13, 2017 at 3:38 am

        I’m excited to see this vidéo

  2. Dragan A March 27, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Hey Henry, I was rolling with a really strong young guy and I was on top in half guard,
    I worked myself high and perpendicular with my leg out and my hand controlling his head pulling it in. He managed to trap my leg in a Lock down position and then catch my extended leg pulling it over his shoulder and then stretch me out in a electric chair.
    I have not had to deal with this before so it was a learning experience, and was wondering if I stuffed up the basic position from top half guard. What things should u be preparing for when u gain that top position?

    • Henry A March 30, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Ok, so it sounds like you didn’t have the leg in between the legs close enough to his butt with the knee up, that’s why you got put in lockdown. Also try keeping your hips low and heavy to the ground, keep on your toes, just drop your hip. Remember this is cross side with your leg caught so also dont be too far over with your chest position. The farther across the body you are with your chest the easier it will be for them to bring you on top and start with their deep half variations

  3. Dragan A June 13, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Thanks Henry I think I can implement that
    Won’t let that happen again👍

  4. Ilja U June 22, 2017 at 6:37 am

    How do you deal with Knee shield aka z guard?

  5. monty g July 7, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Great Stuff ! just curious — I notice the bottom guy has an underhook. How do you prevent him taking the back? or at least escaping out underneath the top guys armpit. is that perhaps covered in another vid?

  6. Nick B August 7, 2019 at 8:08 am

    As per the first poster’s comment, I would really like to see options for dealing with the knee shield and combatting the underhook.



  7. Corey R April 11, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Hey Prof. How do you stop your opponent from getting on his side and facing you? I tend to lose control of my black and brown belt training partners. I’m finding myself modifying the position.

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