Recovering from the Turtle (Lachlan Giles)
Who is Lachlan Giles? He is a Jiu Jitsu black belt under John Simon and arguable one of the top Australian grapplers of his generation. Giles earned his distinguished reputation in prestigious tournaments such as IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, Pan Pacific Championship, Boa Super 8 and Eddie Bravo Invitational.
Giles hails from Melbourne, Australia. At a young age he was influenced by martial arts movies. He was introduced to Jiu Jitsu at the age of 15 when he saw Royce Gracie’s legendary performance at UFC 1. Lachlan began his training in Jiu Jitsu under Tyrone Crosse. It was under Tyrone’s tutelage that he progressed to purple belt. His club changed coaches and Lachlan progressed to black belt under John Simon. It is worth noting that Giles was also heavily influenced by Thiago Stefanutti. Thiago also awarded Giles the first degree on his black belt.
Lachlan Giles is an ADCC Veteran, Pan Pacific Champion and coach to one of the fastest rising starts, Craig Jones!
Lachlan has many exceptional achievements as a grappler. He is the ADCC Asia & Oceania Trials Champion in 2015 and 2017. He is the IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion and Pan Pacific No-GI Champion in 2016 and 2017. He won the UAEJJF Continental Pro Champion in 2018. Giles also took second place at the Boa Super 8 1st Edition and 2nd Edition in 2015. Lachlan took 3rd place at Eddie Bravo Invitational 5. He claimed second place at the 2018 UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi and 3rd place at the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship in 2017.
In this video Lachlan Giles explores recovering from the turtle. Giles begins the video by stating that it is possible to recover guard when our legs are facing our opponent. However, when our legs are facing away it is better to roll. If the roll fails then we end up in turtle. While that position is not ideal it is a better option than bottom side control or having our backs taken. The first step when rolling to recover guard is to stop the seat belt. From this position our bottom side arm is a better option to block the seat belt. Next, Giles posts on his legs and shoulder and rolls to recover guard. Did you notice of the space that he created? He is mindful of the space between his head and shoulder. Additionally his bottom side arm protects the area around his hip. Giles is keenly aware of the dangers of the seat belt and is managing space to mitigate that danger. If the roll fails then the he ends up in turtle. Like the previous position, it is imperative that our opponents cannot secure a seat belt grip. He uses his far side arm to defend against the top part of the seat belt. His goal is to secure a two on one grip on his opponent’s top side arm. Using the two on one grip he is able to swim the top part of the seat belt to the far side of his neck. Next he releases his near side hand and grabs his opponent’s leg. Giles states that this part is a bit of a scramble. However he should be able to get the reversal or get his opponent back into his guard.
This video is a wonderful example of Lachlan Giles’s ability to communicate technique to even novice grapplers. Like all of Giles’ instructional videos, there is a lot of detail. I know that I often gain new insights every time I re-watch one of his videos. Certainly, they have a powerful impact on anyone who makes a careful study of them. Giles’ education, the success of his students and the popularity that he has achieved are testaments to his exceptional abilities as an instructor. Certainly the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have him.
Come and learn one of the world’s most important guards from one of the world’s best instructors, Lachlan Giles. The head coach of Australia’s Absolute MMA, is back to show one of his best positions, the offensive half guard. He explores the techniques that he uses to win tons of tournaments at the world black belt level. Get it now from BJJ Fanatics!