I like to think of half guard as an upside down single leg. It is also the "single leg counter" position from a different angle than commonly seen in wrestling. Of course, I'll also switch between that paradigm and others; because, there is much more to the half guard than that. But the basic game I use is based on that principle.
very good stuff! I've recently started using a more active half gurad, though I still only really have a few moves from there. I either try and take the back, sweep with the arm following through the trapped knee (jeff monson sweep), double unders with lockdown and then upa, or a kimura. Does anyone have any other good things to do from there?
Great tips. I used to use all those tips into my halfguard game when I first started. But after about 4 years of playing halfguard I figured that bigger guys like myself were not a fast at taking the back and going under the guy to work those angles. Also when I would play the single leg half guard game, you sometimes go against very strong people who will wizzer and stuff to kill your game.
My game is opposite then all the normal rules of playing half guard and has been working. I play my half with my back flat and with the top person in total control of my head and with 1 underhook on me. My half guard attacks are based on them doing that.... This seems to work for the average guy who maybe not in the best shape and not as fast to take the back or take the single leg.