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Guest Instructor Jeff Crum demonstrates an Arm Weave Half Guard Pass

“The foundation of the technique is timing, balance, and position and I think that’s true for almost all positions.” -Jeff Crum

Before we even get to the half guard position, distance management and getting the top position are really important. Ideally if I can, I’m going to start off here. (Image 1)distance management My partner will be trying to get sleeve grips. I’m going to move and try to avoid those, until I can get the position I want. Now, that’s probably not going to be half guard. If I can I’m going to pass but I wanted to point out distance management because once we get in half guard the same thing applies. If my partner has sleeve grip and lapel grips and has got me tied up here (Image 2).not an optimal position I’m not going to be able to work the technique I want. As soon as I get into this half guard position I want to start to control my posture and control where he’s at. There’s grip fighting that happens in Judo, the same thing applies here. My partner is trying to grip my sleeves. I’m going to roll my wrist and try to beat him and grab his sleeve. Or whatever grip I’m trying to go for.

So with this half guard pass, I want to be postured up. I want to weave my arm  under his top leg and grip his pants on the bottom leg. I have his legs now tied up. It’s a good position if he’s got the knee shield (Image 3).arm weave through top leg

From here, I prefer the lapel. I can grab his sleeve but I want the lapel because I can control his upper body and his ability to turn into me (Image 4).lapel grip to control his upper body

 

 

 

Next I want to get my knee up onto his thigh. Similar to a knee slice pass (Image 5).knee up on thigh I also want to use my shoulder to keep the pressure on his top leg. This isn’t a normal knee slice, he’s probably going to prevent me from doing that by fighting with elbows. So, I’m going to drive my leg out towards his knee (Image 6).drive leg out toward his knee

I still have my grip on his lapel and at the same time, I’m using my head to keep him at bay (Image 7).driving into him with head and shoulder Now from here with live toes, I’m going to come around I’m going to use my hips to set in and drive his leg over to the other side (Image 8). Once you’re here, you can settle into 100 kilos or your                                                                                             favorite side control position.settle into side control

 

 

 

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