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MMA Technique: Landing strikes from top half guard, with BJJ black belt Wander Braga

In this exclusive video, BJJ black belt and MMA veteran Wander Braga shares some tips on how to control an opponent and land strikes from top half guard

Wander “The Crusher” Braga, is a fifth degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He was promoted to black belt by Rickson Gracie’s black belt, Jorge Pereira. Wander has trained extensively with Rickson Gracie himself and is the master of UFC fighter Gabriel “Napão” Gonzaga.

Currently, Wander has a 16-1 record in MMA and decided it was time to return to Brazil to share all his experience and knowledge for the development of MMA and BJJ in Brazil.

In this short video. shot exclusively for the readers of Bloody Elbow, professor Braga, stresses the importance of establishing a continuous connection with opponents and maintaining constant control of their hips and posture when landing strikes from top position. Top half guard is a great “base of operations” for landing strikes as many opponents will stay there in order to avoid their guard getting passed.

About the Author: Kostas Fantaousakis is a researcher of fighting concepts, tactics, and techniques, and a state-certified MMA, grappling, and wrestling coach in Greece. He teaches his unique Speedforce MMA mittwork system © which combines strikes, takedowns, knees, and elbows applied in the Continuous Feedback © mittwork system of the Mayweather family. Kostas is a black belt in BJJ under MMA veteran and BJJ world champion Wander Braga (the teacher of Gabriel Napao Gonzaga).

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