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50/50 Guard: Fabio Gurgel, Chico Mendes, Rafael Mendes, Guilherme Mendes, Xande Ribeiro, Ryan Hall

Alliance’s leader Fabio Gurgel teaches exclusively to GRACIEMAG.com readers two escapes from the new and polemic 50/50 guard. The two escapes were invented by purple belt Ricardo Mesquita, who shows the move with Gurgel in the video. Enjoy the second escape.

uma das solucoes pra guarda 50/50

50-50 Guard by: Chico Mendes

Rafael Mendes demonstrando em Eduardo Ramos (Ed)

Guilherme Mendes demonstrando em Thiago Mendes (preparador físico)

Rafael Mendes demonstrando em Denilson Bischiliari

In this segment, Augusto ‘Tanquinho’ Mendes shares the technique he’s been using lately in competition to defeat the 50/50 guard. It’s really important to keep your trapped leg straight so that you keep your opponent from getting underneath you. Once you have a good base and the trapped leg is straight you can stand to break the legs open and then work the pass. There is a lot of subtle movements in this technique so work it with your training partner for a while in drilling before trying it live.

Ryan Hall: This Scene is taken from DVD 1- Technique 3 -Controlling The Trapped Knee.

Ryan Hall: This Scene is taken from DVD 2- Chapter 3 – Transition #3: Kneebar To 50/50.

Ryan Hall: This Scene is taken from DVD 2- Chapter 3 – Transition #3: Kneebar To 50/50.

At the 2009 Jiu-Jitsu Nationals, Mafu Kobus talks with Xande Ribeiro about the 50/50 guard and his impressions of it’s practicality.


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