Today I am here with Aaron Benzrihem. Aaron is a brown belt and great friend of mine who works at my academy in Bedford, MA. It is a pleasure for me to be here with him. Since I opened the school he moved here from Florida just to train here full time and work with me. Aaron competed at the IBJJF Boston Open Adult Brown Belt Division Light Feather recently, and in my opinion he hit the best submission of the day. It was his first tournament at brown belt and in the semi finals he did a calf slicer from a rolling back take. I asked him to show us how he did this position. The video is below and in the clip I put him doing the move from Boston Open at the end. I will do a breakdown after.
Breakdown of Calf Lock from the Reverse Half Guard by Aaron Benzrihem:
So guys, as you can see above there is a lot of details. This position is really cool and I have seen some different variations of this. Aaron had some great details here above and he does this position a lot. One of the most important things to realize is that Aaron is starting his passing with the intent of getting to this reverse half guard position.
He tries to find the one in one out position and then do the back step. Another very important detail is that he gets the reverse under hook. If I am able to keep the under hook this position will not work. Also, something that was hard to see in the video is that he does a hip escape to get his knee free. If his knee stays in between my legs, when he tries to roll, I will take his back.
The last detail that I really liked is how he does the finish. He uses his free leg to push his other leg into my calf like a leg press. The combination of hes legs and arms make this position super super tight. Something I can tell you is when he starts pushing on his leg the feeling is completely different. Anyways guys, I hope you enjoyed this position and try it out. Ossssssss