Attacks from the half-guard

Attacks from the half-guard

by Rafael "Sapo" Natal

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Attacks from the half-guard

A position made famous by Roberto “Gordo” Correa in the competitive scene of the 1990s, the offensive half-guard has been studied and improved upon ever since. With each new season, we observe, in both arenas and dojos, many novelties regarding this position -- which is characterized by the passer having one of their legs trapped by the guard player's legs. The half-guard offers much more space and mobility to the passer than the closed guard. This mobility, however, can act as bait, as if the guard player were attracting their opponent to a minefield. These are the traps that you will be studying this week with the help of a true specialist: the UFC's Rafael “Sapo” Natal. Sweeps, reversals, progressions to the back -- and submissions, of course. Sapo's menu contains eleven ways to attack. You will become able to combine moves, forming a wide net of double and triple attacks. You will easily transition through different types of half-guard -- from the traditional one to the deep half-guard. You will be able to apply moves in classical and no-gi jiu-jitsu alike. What's more, you will get the best advice on what must be avoided during usage of the half-guard -- like, for instance, letting your opponent get your back flat on the ground. With an extensive MMA record (31w, 9l, 1d), Sapo transmits all of the knowledge he acquired in the rings with refined didactics.


Rafael "Sapo" Natal
Instructor

Rafael "Sapo" Natal

Born on December 25, 1982, Rafael Natal has an extensive and victorious MMA career, comprising 31 fights with 21 wins. A BJJ black-belt, "Sapo" has also done well in important IBJJF competitions, and currently teaches in New York.

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Basic half-guard concepts

Basic half-guard concepts

Never getting your back flat on the ground. Keeping your head protected so your opponent can’t hug your neck and apply pressure...

A sweep with arm control

A sweep with arm control

In order to shut down the underhook used by Rafael Sapo on the half-guard, Leo Tunico wraps his partner's arm in a whizzer. Sap...

Basic sweep from deep half-guard

Basic sweep from deep half-guard

The simplest sweep starting from the controls of the deep half-guard is based on the mechanic of a roll. As he hip-escapes to t...


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