Passing the instep guard?

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  1. The Colonel Purple Belt

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    So I loaned my instructor Stephen Kesting's "Dynamic Halfguard" dvd and the other night in class we worked on some instep guard stuff. I love it! I picked it up really easily and started working a lot of the sweeps during rolling the first night it was taught. I plan on really incorporating it into my open guard game to deal with people who stand and pass.

    But it made me wonder, how do you pass the instep guard? I am curious to know what I can expect when defending those kind of passes. Off the top of my head, I would think that a person would in the instep guard would push the opponent's head down, sprawl their trapped leg back, then maybe circle for a rolling omoplata or something like that. Just curious for any advice you guys can give because I plan on using this quite a bit.
     
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    anybody?
     
  3. Tony Manifold Brown Belt

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    What do you mean by instep guard? Half butterfly?
     
  4. The Colonel Purple Belt

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    No, an instep guard is when your opponent stands up to pass your guard. Whatever leg you decide to attack, you place your instep right against their shin/lower leg, and then on the same leg you grab the leg with the same side arm. So basically you're dominating one of his legs with your instep which is hooking, and your arm which is around his knee/calf, with your head against his thigh. Its sort of a variation of a sitting guard.

    Since you're completely dominating one of your opponents legs, its very easy to unbalance them and you can work sweeps pretty much in any direction, as well as transition to single legs/doubles, or even go for leg locks on their far leg.
     
  5. philthyjitsu Orange Belt

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    I believe that Braulio Estima goes over this sitting guard on his DVD set. As far as passing I have not seen a specific way as I believe most guys still just hug the leg with both legs straddled around the opponents leg.
     
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    Sorry to hijack the thread, but I am interested how do you pass half butterfly guard actually. How do you guys do it?
     
  7. ooitzoo Purple Belt

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    I think it would be helpful to describe "exotic" guards in the original post since not all of us know some of these. Just a thought.
     
  8. Evaristo Medrano Amateur Fighter

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    WHen your opponent has butterflies in, I like to smash his hooks to his butt. It restrains the range of motion. First you must control the hips though. Smash the hooks by walking foward with your knees. In this position I like to grap one butterfly with my hand, and quicky extend my leg (dontmatter left or right) then Place it on the hook that is smashed by my leg. Hence you end up controling one hook with your hand & and the other hook with two legs. TRIPOD Then pass.
    NOTE: this move has to be done with speed & Timing.
     
  9. Zankou Bringing peace and love Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    I started playing the instep guard a couple weeks ago, and I like it. For what it's worth, blackbelts seem to pass me the same way when I use it -- they either push the head down and convert it into a single-leg type situation, or they kick their foot out before it can be tightened up.
     
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    That's what I figured. I don't know how "new" the instep guard is to the grappling world, but I was just curious how guys pass it so that I can anticipate their passes and block them. Its a fun guard though and I picked it up really easily.
     

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