I always like to deal in levels, whether in sport or even in life. Levels in complexity, skill etc.
BJJ has got so many levels that to a lower ranked practitioner like me, it is difficult to even look very far.
Half Guard as a position in BJJ for me was always more of a transitional position, sure there were submissions and sweeps, but at my level I always considered it a means to an end i.e., a dominant position.
But after spending the last two weeks, training under Black belt 3rd degree Prof.Olavo Abreu, i have started to read a little bit into how a lifelong jiu jitsu practitioner’s mind works. Simple techniques quite often overlooked by novices like hand positioning, way to roll while sweeping, or even where to put your weight, has started becoming instinctive. And of course, no position is complete without some attacks, like a few different kimuras, lapel chokes etc.
Two weeks of Half guard, and finally its making its way into my mind.
Lots more to learn..