Half Guard & Knee Bars (diary entry)


My first evening personal training lesson brought my client up to the second hour of his second course of Submission Grappling. We covered quite a lot of material in this particular session and also got in some much-needed sparring practice.

The lesson began with a series of specific ground-fighting callisthenics and muscle activation exercises. We then did some light rolling (ground-fighting sparring), taking turns to defend and pass guard. Although this was a resistance-based exercise it was done with the overall understanding that training would be very loose with the aim to gradually increase intensity before we proceeded onto some technical work.

We began with a quick revision of last lesson’s half-guard work – taking the back and the electric chair. Next we covered the knee-bar against the half-guard and the knee from half-guard. The lesson finished with five minutes specific sparring.