14.6.12

BJJ tips: half guard sweep - depth vs breadth of game part II

One of the grappling techniques taught at the recent CFS BJJ seminar was the "Classica" or "Shaolin" Sweep from half guard. This sweep was, to my knowledge, made popular in 1997 when Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro ripped people apart with it at the Mundial. Here is an old video of Shaolin sharing his sweep with us:



The way we were taught this half guard sweep, by Roger Gracie black belt Nick Brooks, was as an alternative to another half guard sweep so the set-up and grip are slightly different to Shaolin's version but the way I learn (or love to learn) is by taking something and really digging into it. I like to research the living hell out of something so I have many details on it's versions and variations. I like to learn many entries to the same position so I was therefore very happy when I found this video by the fantastic Stephan Kesting where he visited Shaolin at his New York BJJ academy and got him to breakdown the details of the sweep that bears his name, 14 years after he got the mundial silver medal in 1997



Now, drill drill drill :) No knowledge is true until you can execute and that can only be achieved thru drilling against progressive resistance.

If you know another great breakdown of this sweep, I'd love to know about it so leave us a comment.


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Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi

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3 comments:

John Logan said...

This a favourite sweep of mine too. Caio Terra shows it on his half guard DVD. He shows some other moves from this position too.

John Logan said...

This a favourite sweep of mine too. Caio Terra shows it on his half guard DVD. He shows some other moves from this position too.

Liam H Wandi said...

Thanks John. I'm falling in love with it. I saw it briefly by Royler black belt Eddie Kone but this is the first time I get it properly taught.

I will have to see that Caio dvd. It's at home somewhere :)