Half Guard is the most important aspect of ground fighting bar none.

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  1. NovaUniaoWesty

    NovaUniaoWesty Yellow Belt

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    It's always only a step away when you're on your back.

    If someone is passing your guard, you will very likely get them in half guard in the transition.

    If someone is mounting you have a good shot of getting it.

    You can keep great control and develope amazing transitions to the top game if you work it right.

    LOVE THE HALF GUARD!!!

    Anyone else agree?

    I SHOULD HAVE SAID POSITION INSTEAD OF ASPECT. MY BAD =(
     
  2. Uchi Mata

    Uchi Mata Preaching the gospel of heel hooks and left kicks

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    The half guard is not the most important (you can't really pinpoint any one position as being the most important, IMO), but it is my personal favorite go-to position whenever I'm in any kind of trouble in any position, specifically Jeff Glover style deep half. I can get out of so much trouble even against much better fighters using the deep half.
     
  3. countlphie

    countlphie Blue Belt

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    i love half guard and i love being there but it'd be an uphill battle to convince everybody that it's the most important aspect of the game

    in a way it's implying somebody without a good halfguard game won't succeed, which i'm not sure is necessarily true.
     
  4. Jaxx

    Jaxx Green Belt

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    Me too.

    I can punch, elbow from a dominant position.

    Key locks are always there.

    Bottom guy goes for an underhook, brabo the living sh*% out of them.

    Like leglocks? Back spin into a knee bar or a rolling toe hold.

    LOVE THE (TOP) HALF GUARD.
     
  5. Knuckles69

    Knuckles69 Purple Belt

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    I like half guard a lot.

    I'm not sure it is the most important aspect, but I will say that you can't really have a complete bottom game without a dangerous half-guard.
     
  6. iheartthemount

    iheartthemount Blue Belt

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    half guard is probably the most important transition position (IMO) but since you have to use it as a means to get to the submission or to something else, I would not call it the most important. I mean I don't think enough people could agree on one position with BJJ evolving the way it is but i do agree that the half guard is getting A LOT more play now that more styles are being developed. I mean I roll with guys who pull to half guard in stead of full guard just to sweep or go to deep half and sweep.

    But i do see your point. And i'm not discrediting the fact that there are submissions accessible from half guard such as much of what the 10th planet guys do and what not but in and of itself i think sweeping in your main option.
     
  7. IxiaN

    IxiaN Black Belt

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    im a fan of full guard but that's the 10th planet talking...
     
  8. The K1000

    The K1000 Orange Belt

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    Half guard is now an extremely powerful sweeping position. As far as submissions from the bottom of half guard, well there's not as much as open or closed guard.
     
  9. pailum117

    pailum117 Blue Belt

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    Didn't Eddie say he considers HG to be the most important position in Jiu Jitsu in MTRG?

    I thought that was the one thing I absoluetly agreed with him on.
     
  10. Ballzilla

    Ballzilla Yellow Belt

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    In my short (3 week) BJJ career, half-guard is my favorite so far. Top or bottom doesn't matter. Just last night I learned a new pass and a new submission from top half. It works great for me as well because I'm short and therefore have short legs and closing my guard around bigger opponents is often times not very efficient for me.
     
  11. Hellboy31

    Hellboy31 Brown Belt

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    I've been saying for a long time that half guard is the answer to most of the worlds problems. It will feed the starving in Africa, house the homeless, and bring peace to the middle east.

    Women will swoon, men will raise a glass, and world peace (as we know it) will come to fruition.

    G-d bless Gordo!
     
  12. redaxe

    redaxe Silver Belt

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    I just lost a match where I pulled half guard and my opponent passed. And then I regained half guard, and then he passed again. And then I regained half guard, and then he passed again. And then I regained half guard, and then he passed again. And then I regained half guard, and then he passed again. And then I regained half guard, and then he passed again. I lost 18-0. :(
     
  13. MUFC

    MUFC Brown Belt

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    HG is the foundation of my guard game.
     
  14. Podgorny

    Podgorny Green Belt

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    I haven't learned to use it much, but I sometimes try different things anyways during rolling. So I can't much account for it, but I do use it like anybody else to regain full guard.
     
  15. Jinzumkei

    Jinzumkei Rock El Columbian

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    Are you a recent bluebelt or purplebelt? It seems like every new blue or purple goes through a half-guard "phase" where they think it's the end all be all of positions.

    I hate to break it to you but it's just a tool in a toolbox :)
     
  16. BIGthingsSON

    BIGthingsSON Blue Belt

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    You'll see guys basing their whole game off forcing their opponent to pull half guard and then passing , so yes, I agree.Almost EVERY1 feels comfy going to half it's just always there for the taking. Every position is important , but knowing the half guard like the back of your hand is fucking MANDATORY.
     
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  17. Minnja

    Minnja Touch-Butt white belt Platinum Member

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    Can you share what you learned? I am among the shortest in my club so I am basically always against taller, lankier people.
     
  18. Kozbot

    Kozbot Purple Belt

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    I really like halfguard sweeps
    once you get that underhook its so easy
     
  19. Solidus Snake

    Solidus Snake Purple Belt

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    Though I don't think that's the most important aspect of ground fighting, bar none :D , I do agree 100% with all your points.

    I think that my Half guard passing is the best aspect of my game, and in the same time my bottom half come closer.

    Plus, I think that no matter who you are, sooner or later you're gonna end on bottom half, so you'll better be prepared and at least decent when that moment comes.
     
  20. iheartthemount

    iheartthemount Blue Belt

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    lol. i would agree but i still enjoy the half guard. and in all of this i am referring to bottom position.
     

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