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2-09 Back Step Counter to Seated Guard

This technique was a bit of a eureka moment for me. I had just finished Marcelo Garcia’s Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Techniques and was in the process of incorporating the back step pass (a counter to the underhook from half guard, which you can see in this breakdown of Magny vs. Moraes) into my repertoire. I was having a lot of success with it. At about that time, I taught a class on going into the single leg from half guard (taught later in this book) and explained to my students that if I am seated and one of my opponent’s legs is between my legs, it’s kind of like having half guard, just an upright version of it. And that’s when it hit me. If I was thinking of my seated guard as a sort of half guard in certain situations, perhaps I could pass the seated guard using the same sort of techniques that I use to pass the half guard. Boom. I started back stepping through the seated guard if I couldn’t force the head to the outside for the back-take, and then I saw a bunch of high level grapplers that were already doing it; I had just never made the connection.