Tap Into Your Inner Evil Monkey With This Half Guard Backtake

Get ready to call on the evil primate waiting within you. Double black belt Travis Haynes of Mat Lab BJJ has a quick backtake variation for you to play with if someone is unfortunate enough to land in your half guard, and this one is especially good for practitioners boasting chimpanzee grips and funky hips.

You’re going to need some moderate hip and foot coordination to pull these moves off slickly, so if you’re brand new to the arte or haven’t figured out the whole “using your feet as hands” thing yet maybe bookmark this one for later. (Or at least until after you’re warmed up.) Precision with your foot placement while keeping the grip on your opponent’s pant leg and belt is key to successful control. Watch closely, since effective half guard is legitimately in the details.

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