Best Half Guard Player In The World Shows An Easy Sweep From Half Guard
Bernardo Faria is infamous for his half guard. Bernardo is a 5 time World Champion who started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Brazil at the age of 14 in 2001. Bernardo Faria holds an extensive competitive resume with titles at the world’s top tournaments such as the European Championship (Brazilian jiu jitsu), Pan American Championship (jiu jitsu) and Brazilian National Jiu Jitsu Championship. Bernardo Faria currently runs his own Jiu Jitsu academy in Bedford, Massachusetts. He is a member of Alliance Jiu Jitsu team and Marcelo Garcia Association. He also has a YouTube channel where he regularly posts techniques alongside other Jiu Jitsu practitioners and MMA fighters such as Dean Lister and Chael Sonnen. The list of Bernardo’s accolades is long. Some of his key accomplishments are: IBJJF Pro League Champion (2014), IBJJF Pro Cup Champion (2011), IBJJF World Champion (2010, 2013, 2015), IBJJF Pan American Champion (2016, 2015, 2010), CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2010), IBJJF European Champion (2010, 2011, 2012), IBJJF World Championship Runner up (2017, 2011), IBJJF European Open Championship Runner up (2012), and IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2009). Today Bernardo is going to demonstrate an easy sweep from half guard called the “Throw Away The Trash Sweep” when an opponent Stands Up In Your Half Guard. Watch the video below and then we will break down Bernardo’s half guard sweep technique. Check it out now!
In half guard you will find the easiest and most effective sweeps in jiu jitsu that you can use to sweep bigger and stronger opponents every time.
When discussing sweeps from deep half guard, it is important to remember that there are three different ways you can sweep your opponent. You can sweep your training partner forward, backwards, and to the side. The throw away the trash sweep is a side sweep. Many times your opponent wants to pass your head and get into reverse half guard. Often times they will do this by standing up. As soon as his training partner stands, Bernardo hip escapes to get his knee under the leg. This avoids your training partner jumping over your head. Now what Bernardo does is stretch his opponent’s base wide and kick him hard, coming up into a technical stand up and finishing the sweep.
This is a great technique, not only because it looks badass, but also because it is super effective. It is likely that your training partner will not anticipate this sweep as they go to pass your head. What I like the most about this technique is that it exploits your opponent’s pass attempt to weaken their base by spreading their legs. Notice that Bernardo contains control over his training partner the entire time he is setting up the sweep. He uses the lapel grip to keep his opponent from escaping. And his bump forces his training partner to post on the mat, making his arms and hands unavailable for defense. It only gets worse when Bernardo Faria does the technical stand up with his training partner’s leg. It forces his opponent into a tripod, which is a very unstable base, making it very easy to hit the sweep.
If you love playing deep half guard then this sweep is for you. It is very original, so even an opponent who is familiar with deep half guard sweeps will not anticipate this throw away the trash sweep. Remember to keep your legs and feet active when setting up this sweep. You will want to practice this slowly and methodically when training so you can get the feel for your opponent’s weight and balance. I hope you found this video useful. Thank you Bernardo for sharing this technique with us today!
Without a doubt, Bernardo Fario is the absolute best half guard player in the world. Bernardo likes to pull into half guard – which is very easy to get to against almost any opponent: they are happy to give it to you, they figure they are halfway past your guard! What they don’t realize is that they are also halfway swept. This isn’t an area where most BJJ guys spend a ton of time, so if you practice his system you will have a huge advantage over your opponent who doesn’t – regardless of his athletic ability or rank.
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