This Deep Half Guard Pass is one of the safest and one of the most effective ways to pass this confusing and sometimes complex Guard.
This Guard Pass is sometimes called the “James Brown” because it almost looks like the front split dance move that James Brown was known to do. The first thing you need to do once you’re in your partner’s Deep Half Guard is to stay calm and keep both of your legs on the mat. Typically, from Deep Half Guard, this will be one of your knees on the mat and one of your feet on the mat.
The Guard Passing sequence starts with you taking the leg closest to your partner’s head and bringing it to the far side. You are now in the front split “James Brown” position and you’re now ready to fight for an Underhook.
Once you have an Underhook, your partner will not be able to turn into you and and they won’t be able to take your back. From here, you’re now ready to complete your Guard pass by doing a typical Knee Cut Pass.
The Knee Cut Pass is the most common and effective Guard Pass on the planet. Sometimes, when you’re trying to pass complex Guards like the Deep Half Guard, a key strategy is to simply find a way to do the Knee Cut Pass.
Like Lord Of The Rings, “One ring to rule them all”. The Knee Cut is the one Guard Pass that passes all Guards!
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