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Get from 50/50 to the Back with Josh Chavez

F2W BJJ athlete Josh Chavez shows us how he likes to go from 50/50 to the back

Josh Chavez of Lake County BJJ in Mundelein, IL is a Fight 2 Win veteran and regularly competes at a high level. Here, he shares how he likes to get from 50/50 to the back, turning a neutral situation into an advantage.

You start from 50/50, with your opponent on top controlling your hips and knees, preventing you from opening and going for the open sweep. From here, you are going to look to create space. You swing your free leg to make your opponent commit to his grip. Next you are going to put a cross grip in at your opponent’s ankle. You then put your right elbow in as a wedge in front of his foot.

Once this wedge is in, you are looking to reach underneath and grab his pants. To get this grip, you need to make a bridge on your shoulder and extend away. Your entire body is lifted, with your foot on his hip. From here, you use the cross grip to push his foot away and look underneath his leg. Then you drop the outside leg, putting your knee underneath his knee, making an X, right into the matrix. The X prevents your opponent from getting his leg out.

You can now release the cross grip hand and go for the far side leg. Shoot for the baby bolo, get straight to the back.

This move will get you from 50/50 to the back, catching your opponent out and turning the situation to your advantage.

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Tom Billinge Tom is the Editor of Revgear Sports. He has been training in Muay Thai gyms in Thailand and around the world for 20 years and is a fully-qualified instructor. Tom is a Jiu Jitsu blue belt in the Kore gi and 10th Planet no gi systems. He has trained Lethwei in Myanmar, Kushti wrestling in India, boxing throughout Europe, and catch wrestling in the USA. Tom has spent several years reconstructing the techniques of traditional British bareknuckle pugilism from archaic manuals.