Passing the half guard John Danaher

Passing the half guard – John Danaher

In today’s video John Danaher goes through one of his favoured methods of passing the half guard.

John Danaher is a BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie and teaches from the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City. He is one of the top grappling coaches in the martial arts community. In addition to this Danaher is most commonly known for his work with accomplished martial arts athletes such as Gordon Ryan, Garry Tonon and one of the UFCs all time greats Georges St Pierre.

More recently he is known by martial arts fans worldwide for his leadership of the Danaher Death Squad (DDS). Above all the DDS is a team focused mainly on nogi submission grappling. However, Danaher has been a black belt for almost 20 years. Therefore it is safe to say he knows a thing or two in the gi. I own a few of John’s instructionals and I appreciate the level of detail he shares. As a result my overall game has improved considerably.

Here John shows one of his favourite half guard passes. It is one which I use in the gi consistently in training, even against bigger opponents.

Passing the half guard – John Danaher


If you like this video see below for links to similar content from a variety of practitioners. As a result you can develop a very formidable half guard game to strike fear in your opponents.

Battle Tested Pressure Passing by Bernardo Faria

Bernardo Faria needs no introduction. He is a 5x Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion and known across the world as one of the most effective guard passers to have ever competed. Therefore it is safe to say he knows the odd trick here and there to pass the half guard.

Nogi Pressure Passing by Bernardo Faria

Half Guard Passing Anthology by Lachlan Giles

Lachlan Giles is one of my favourite instructors and competitors. So it comes as no surprise that I would recommend this instructional. In this video he takes us through a huge amount of material focused solely on passing the half guard. There is over 8 hours of footage to work through, which also includes narrated rounds of rolling with his students. I feel that this addition adds further value to the instructional, I would definitely recommend it.

What do you think of John Danaher’s Passing the Half Guard video? If you would like more technique videos like this let me know in the comments section.
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