Nov 27

Lesson learned from playing on the bad side

Over the last few days, I’ve been making a conscious effort to drill and play half guard on my bad side.

As a result, I’ve had a revelation about the mechanics of the tilt.

I realized that there was a way to magnify the force generated in the sweep. One that I simply hadn’t been using on my good side.


It’s because I didn’t need to. And there was only one exception to that operating process. I used it with the hip tilt counter to the over under and nowhere else.

On my bad side though, I just couldn’t generate the same leverage because I hadn’t spent years developing vital movement mechanics though, so I had to cheat.

And I did it in the very best of ways.

I planted my feet and bridged before shooting the hip across to finish the sweep.

Anyway, that may be helpful if you’ve been having trouble tilting with authority.

If, however, you have no knowledge of how devastating the sweep can be and all the additional offensive options that can flow from it, one of the best places to learn such things is up in my half guard course.

And this is the very last day, to get it half off when you snatch up all the little tricks in my micro adjustments.

So not only will learn all kinds of half guard tricks, but all this will also be at the tips of your fingers:

  • How to make your darce chokes more lethal with just a slight modification to the attack. (This was inspired by several of the insights I learned from Dave Porter, and his darce is phenomenal.)
  • Why someone gripping your pants in your closed guard is a gift that you should take without the slightest bit of remorse. (‘Tis one of the easiest ways to hit one of the most basic closed guard sweeps.)
  • How a small adjustment to foot placement will radically increase the effectiveness of the x pass. (When I learned this from Abmar Barbosa, it blew my mind, and it changed how I do this pass for all time.)
  • A IBJJF legal ankle lock from the 50/50 that I’ve caught many people with nonchalant ease over the years. (Because I have this in my arsenal, I caught remember the last time I was frustrated about being stuck in 50/50.)
  • How to create soul crushing pressure. (It’s so bad that not only will people tap to the choke but even when they somehow survive that first threat, they still wish they were anywhere else but there at that moment.)
  • Some simple tactics for finishing the choke against hyper defensive opponents when you’re on their back. (Few things are worst than having all your attacks neutralized when you’re in dominant position.)
  • A stupid simple method for dealing with those who choose to stall in your closed guard. (When done right, it’ll give you immediate offensive opportunities.)
  • The one little grip that will drastically increase your control of the omoplata in the gi. (If you want to finish the submission more often, it’s something that must be in your toolbox.)
  • How to approach escaping from the back on a philosophical level. (You’ll learn exactly what your key objectives should be and how to increase both your survival rate and your escape probability.)
  • An exploration of the long step counter to the reverse de la riva and what can be done to counter. (Something you can steal and dance on fools tomorrow with.)
  • A breakdown of an aerial assault counter to the kneecut. (You’ll learn why it works and what can be done to kill it from the other side.)
  • The specific angles that decide who wins or loses the battle in the over under butterfly position. (I learned this many moons ago when I was a blue belt, and it has been a mega game changer.)
  • A solution to a position that frustrated me for way too long during an hour and half superfight. (I should have figured this out during the match because the solution is way too simple.)
  • How to deal with opponents who bait the triangle in order to pass in a way that will leave them frustrated and helpless. (This change in tactics has reaped massive benefits for me.)

….And time is running out.

Burst through the gates here as your scream we don’t need no stinking badges: