Some people are under the mistaken impression that you can only defend or sweep from the Half Guard. But it’s a big mistake to ignore the powerful submission attacks that present themselves from that position!
One of the most powerful, most effective, and most popular attacks from the Half Guard is the Triangle Choke. You see this in high level competition all the time, both with and without the gi.
But you can’t just slap the triangle choke on from Half Guard without any preparation. You have to set it up first.
In this video BJJ world champion Brandon ‘Wolverine’ Mulllins shares the exact steps he uses to set up his most commonly used submission from Half Guard. Brandon’s execution of this technique relies on a sequence of shrimping and bridging movements that bring his body into the correct position to apply the choke with maximum effectiveness.
This use of shrimping and bridging to set up an intermediate to advanced level attack is the perfect illustration that fundamental movements have advanced applications.
This is a really cool aspect of jiu-jitsu, because it means that you don’t necessarily need to learn a whole new set of movements every time you learn a new technique: you’re just learning new ways to use the movements that you already know!
This concept is explored in some detail in the section called ‘Advanced Applications of Fundamental Movements’ of our brand new Non-Stop Jiu-Jitsu instructional set (click here for more information about this set).
But first, check out how easy and effective it is to slap on a triangle choke from the bottom of half guard: