This week's Guard Bottom techniques are part of Week 9 of the GB2 No-Gi module with Prof. Tussa
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The half guard bottom position has evolved a lot in the last several years. At one time, half guard was considered to be a defensive position where we were half way to getting our guard passed. But as Prof. Tussa demonstrates, the half guard position offers some great offensive sweeping possibilities.
To start the video, Prof. Tussa has established a knee shield and solid frames with his arms to prevent the opponent from flattening him out and putting the pressure on him. Note how Prof. Tussa is on his side and not flat with his back on the mat.
Note the main concept that Prof. Tussa step by step advances his position by changing grips and getting up to his knees - controlling the opponent at every step. This sweep is not a fast, dynamic movement, but a slow progression where your leverage and grips unbalance your opponent without giving your opponent any opening to pass your half guard.
VIDEO 1: Class 9A - Technique 50 - Old school sweep