Learn The Easiest And Highest Percentage Sweep In BJJ, Which You Can Use To Sweep Bigger, Stronger And More Athletic Opponents With Ease

TheMichael Jordan Of Half Guard”, Bernardo Faria Shows You Every Detail Of His 30+ Best Half Guard Sweeps & He Lets You Into His Head As He Narrates His Sparring Sessions. You’ll Know Just What He’s Thinking When You Face The Same Challenges In The Gym.

 

Bernardo Faria probably has a lot more in common with you than he has with the athletic freaks that you picture winning the Jiu Jitsu World Championships.  He is friendly to everyone, he snorts when he laughs and he is laughing almost all of the time, and he is really into using his computer; not exactly the typical picture of a “tough guy..”

When he gets to the gym he isn’t very good at doing the warmups..  He can’t really do a cartwheel and if you were watching him shrimp or roll you wouldn’t say “wow, I bet that guy is a killer!”   He’s just not that fluid.  But when it comes time to slap hands and start rolling or get on the mat at the World Championships – everything changes.   Bernardo’s lack of elite athletic ability doesn’t really matter – because he has a much better system for sweeping than his opponents.  While we will never say that his or anyone’s moves can’t be stopped, we can comfortably say that they haven’t been stopped!

The Position That Hasn’t Been Stopped

Bernardo likes to pull into half guard – which is very easy to get to against almost any opponent: they are happy to give it to you, they figure they are halfway past your guard!  What they don’t realize is that they are also halfway swept.  This isn’t an area where most BJJ guys spend a ton of time, so if you practice his system you will have a huge advantage over your opponent who doesn’t – regardless of his athletic ability or rank.

He Has Two Positions From Under There...

The Single Leg Half Guard

Taking down the Great Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida with Single Leg Half Guard

The Deep Half Guard

Bernardo using the Deep Half Guard in training with multiple time world champion Leo Nogierua

Once you know the difference between these 2 positions and when to use them you will have your opponent into deep water that he doesn’t know how to negotiate.  Knowing Bernardo’s system is almost an unfair advantage.  

Will This Sweep Work Against Anyone?

To answer your question quite simply:  Yes.

This sweep has worked against everyone Bernardo has faced at the highest levels:

  • Xande Riberio
  • Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida
  • Rodolfo Viera
  • Leandro Lo
  • Braulio Estima
  • Romulo Barral
  • Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu
  • Joao Gabriel
  • Tim Spriggs
  • Rafael Lovato
  • Erberth Santos

Will they work for anyone?

zenga-01"As a big older guy, I naturally feel like a turtle on my back.  When Bernardo started showing me his half guard techniques I found that I didn’t need any athletic ability to use them, just the knowledge of how the worked and since then my game is 1,000% better.  I sweep any non professional and I’ve even had the chance to roll with multiple world champions and sweep them as well.   As the owner of BJJ Superdeals and BJJ Fanatics I get to see the very best guys in the world all of the time, but Bernardo’s techniques are the only ones I use on bottom – they are that good; especially if you are slow and unathletic like me."

Michael Zenga, Black Belt


malfacine"With Bernardo's accomplishments, he has proven how consistent and effective his half guard is. We all know he is one of the best fighters in the World, but you may not know him as an instructor. He came to my school in 2013 to teach a seminar. The seminar was only 2 two hours long, but left a legacy here. Half of my students here are doing his position... doing his half guard sweeps. It is amazing to see, that he is not just a great competitor, but he is an amazing instructor as well. I'm sure you guys will learn a lot from him as we did here."

Bruno Malfacine, 8X World Champion


holman-01"I started training bjj regularly in 2011 when I was in my early 30s. Initially I focused on butterfly and X-guard, which was such an elegant game that worked at the highest levels both gi and no gi. But I found that my younger and more athletic training partners would just blow past my guard and I didn't have any answer.  I did ok in tournaments, but same thing, I couldn't contain the quicker guys and was always losing scrambles.  I'd medal but not often gold, and I felt like I was over the hill and saw more and more younger guys passing me up.

I liked half-guard since my first few months of training because I could slow people down, and because unlike closed guard I could get there from even the worst positions (mount, back, side control).  But I didn't have any reliable sweeps - until I learned Bernardo's game.  He came to my academy when I was a blue belt and taught us his deep half guard game, and I started sweeping everyone.  Not getting lucky, but sweeping guys that I had never swept before, several times in the same round - even after they knew what sweep I was going to do.  If you wound up in my deep half guard, you were going to get swept.  Even in no gi, where his lapel controls disappear, Bernardo had techniques that turned half guard from a single-leg wrestling position to a true sweeping position.

My tournament turnaround was even more dramatic.   I never won an ibjjf gold in two years as a blue belt, but as a purple belt I won gold in every tournament I entered, even in absolute divisions against guys who outweighed me by 100lbs.  Two weeks after getting my brown belt in mid 2015 I won open weight gold in my first tournament (an IBJJF Pro), and in November of 2016 won my first IBJJF No Gi World Championship in Master 2 Middleweight.

What changed?  Did I quit my job, ditch my family, get on TRT, and start training every day?  No, no, no, and no.  I kept working 60hr work weeks, taking care of my three young kids, and I was still a 6' middleweight with 15% body fat who trained a few nights per week and on Saturday if my wife let me.  What changed was my game.  I modeled it after Bernardo's, who will be the first to tell you that his game does not require athleticism, flexibility, or thousands of hours of drilling.   It only requires a combination of technique and the gritty determination that you see in every one of Bernardo's matches.  I'm not saying it's easy being on the bottom of a heavy cross-face in deep half guard, but when you're confident you'll sweep and go right into a pressure pass, the discomfort is totally worth it.

You might not be lucky enough to train under Bernardo personally, but his DVDs cover so much detail around his game that you can learn it from them.  I remember getting the Faria Guard DVD, watching it, and coming to class with a whole new set of details that he'd never actually taught in class but showed on his DVD.  The same thing was true of all his DVDs (and yes I bought them all).

So - if you're an experienced competitor and want to take your bjj game to another level, one that works against opponents regardless of how much bigger or more athletic they are, try Bernardo's game.  And if you're a white or blue belt still early in your bjj journey, what a great time to choose a style for yourself that has unlimited upside, but is practical regardless of your physical characteristics."

Jeffrey Holman, Brown Belt


gurgel"Every time I get in the Half-Guard with Bernardo, it was a problem; I got swept over and over. I started to study the position to counter his sweeps and every time I get a new situation, Bernardo had another one inside his sleeve. His Deep Half is so powerful. This helped him win five World titles as a black belt --- using the same technique that everybody knows he is going to do. He goes there and he does it, because he knows all the details. He understands the technique. He understands the position. HE REALLY KNOWS THE TECHNIQUE. If you want to understand the deep half guard better, you are in the right place. This is the right DVD for you."

Fabio Gurgel


lamb"My name is Pound Lamb. I am 52 years old and train at Nashville MMA. I want to sing praises on Bernardo’s half guard system. I was introduced to the Faria Guard and Pressure Passing system by a teammate last year. I promptly purchased both DVD sets and with only three months of training I was fortunate enough to win the 2015 World Masters. The system worked so easily. I was promoted to Purple belt in 2016 and placed 2nd in the 2016 World Masters. I knew this system was designed for me when I started beating upper belts half my age. It was like my game had jumped three years. This system allows me to slow the super athletic guy’s game down and places me in control. It sounds crazy but I feel like I’m literally resting in this guard while the young guys are gassing out. They know what’s coming and still have a hard time stopping it. I think this is absolutely the best guard system for masters who like beating the young guns."

Pound Lamb


kesling"With Bernardo's accomplishments, he has proven how consistent and effective his half guard is. We all know he is one of the best fighters in the World, but you may not know him as an instructor. He came to my school in 2013 to teach a seminar. The seminar was only 2 two hours long, but left a legacy here. Half of my students here are doing his position... doing his half guard sweeps. It is amazing to see, that he is not just a great competitor, but he is an amazing instructor as well. I'm sure you guys will learn a lot from him as we did here."

Bruno Malfucine – 8x Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Weight Class World Champion: Most Ever

I’m 40 Years Old with a busy schedule and not a lot of time to train.  Bernardo’s videos have been a great compliment to my training.  The moves are rock solid and easy to learn."

Will Kesling, 40 Year Old Blue Belt

So What is on The Battle Tested Half Guard DVD?

This DVD set is packed with over 30 Video Lessons with Half Guards that will absolutely transform your game.
It doesn’t matter what belt your opponent is or how athletic they are. With Bernardo Faria's Half Guards you are good and they suck… it’s over.

What You'll Learn:

DVD I

  • How To Pull Half Guard
  • Fake Single To Pull Half Guard
  • Pulling Half Guard From Knees With Cross Arm
  • Pulling Half Guard From Knees
  • Single Leg Half Sweep
  • Single Leg Half Finishing Options
  • Finishing Options From Standing
  • Counter To When Opponent Kicks Out Of Single Leg Half
  • Lapel Behind The Leg
  • Single Leg Sweep When Opponent Has Knee On Chest
  • Half Guard Sweep From Knee Cut

DVD III

  • Turkish Get Up
  • Turkish Get Up Against Deep Pass
  • Defending The Kimura And Chokes From Deep Half
  • Throw Away The Trash When oponent Stands Up
  • Guard Recovery And Bridge
  • Half Deep Half Guard Sweep
  • Half Deep Half Guard Sweep Without Lapel
  • Omaplata From Half Guard
  • Setting Up Single Of Deep Half When Opponent Switches Base
  • Faria Sweep By Lifting OVer The Head
  • Guillotine Defense During Single Leg
  • Deep Half Guard From Closed Guard

DVD II

  • Last Chance Sweep
  • Push Him Away From Knee Cut
  • Preventing Reverse Half Guard
  • Reverse Half Guard Sweep
  • Deep Half Guard Setup From Z Guard
  • Tips For Getting Deep Half
  • Push Away Deep Half Setup
  • Faria Sweep
  • Breaking Grips During Faria Sweep
  • Deep Half To Single Leg
  • Deep Half To Half Deep Half

DVD IV

  • Introduction
  • First Roll Against Fernando Reis
  • Second Roll against Michael Zenga
  • Thrid Roll Against Mark Berman
  • Fourth Roll Against Kyle Misuraca
  • Techniques: Bernardo shows his top 31 techniques!

This is like a 4 hour private lesson from the best in history.

This dvd is unlike any other on the market because in addition to the technique, Bernardo has videotaped himself sparring from half guard with a bunch of very tough black belts and brown belts including 7x Brazilian National Champion Fernando Reis.

These guys put Bernardo in some tough spots – they knew he was only sparring him from half guard and they are at least as tough as the guys you will be fighting in class.

Bernardo tells you what he is thinking in every second of every roll - his setups, how he stays out of traps, what he is looking for.  When you start trying the techniques, you will watch this segment over and over and over again as you see Bernardo solving the exact same problems that you have in class.

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