Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 11 - Interview with Mackenzie Dern

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 11 - Interview with Mackenzie Dern

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A long interview between Saulo and Mackenzie Dern covering all sorts of topics including her how Mackenzie began training and her journey in jiu jitsu to where she is today.

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 10 - Stacked Wheel Pass against Spider Guard

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 10 - Stacked Wheel Pass against Spider Guard

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Mackenzie teaches a variation to the wheel pass against the spider guard. In this variation we use similar grips but use a lot of downward pressure to control our opponent's hips and work our way around their leg.

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 9 - Fake Guard Pull to Ankle Pick Takedown

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 9 - Fake Guard Pull to Ankle Pick Takedown

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Mackenzie teaches one of her favorite takedowns that combines a fake guard pull into an ankle pick takedown. This takedown deceives your opponent if they are expecting you to pull guard and is a quick takedown when mastered.

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 8 - Drop Seoi Nage Takedown

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 8 - Drop Seoi Nage Takedown

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Mackenzie Dern's father, Wellington "Megaton" Dias, is a highly accomplished jiu jitsu practitioner who is also well known for his skill in judo takedowns. The drop seoi nage is a staple judo takedown that adapts well into jiu jitsu competition but requires a lot of practice and repetition to master.

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 7 - Kimura Counter to the Over Under Pass

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 7 - Kimura Counter to the Over Under Pass

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Mackenzie teaches one of her signature submissions to defend against opponents much larger than her. Being smaller than most of her opponents, she often found herself defending the over under pass. This kimura transition is a great way to counter your opponent's attempt to pass with the over under grips.

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 6 - Buttflop Pass against Reverse De la Riva

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 6 - Buttflop Pass against Reverse De la Riva

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Mackenzie teaches how to buttflop out of the reverse de la riva to solidify a quick but highly effective pass. Using similar grips and mechanics as to the buttflop from headquarters, we make a few adjustments to kick out a bit further to clear the leg and land in side control.

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 5 - Spider Guard Scissor Sweep to Triangle

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 5 - Spider Guard Scissor Sweep to Triangle

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Mackenzie teaches one of her favorite ways to submit her opponent. In this lesson she teaches how to use a spider guard scissor sweep to sweep your opponent or transition straight into a triangle attack if your opponent resists the sweep.

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 4 - Sit Up Guard Transitions and Control against Smash Passes

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 4 - Sit Up Guard Transitions and Control against Smash Passes

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Mackenzie teaches some concepts that will help you retain your guard and transition to other guards to counter the smash pass. We learn how to use our grips and always stay on our side while also using hooks or distance to ensure that your opponent will not pass your koala guard.

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 3 - Sit Up Guard to Spinning Waiter Sweep Leg Drag

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 3 - Sit Up Guard to Spinning Waiter Sweep Leg Drag

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It is possible that your opponent may try to counter your sit up guard by moving to the negative half guard. Instead of allowing the position to settle, Mackenzie teaches to push your opponent away from your neck and hips and transition into a spinning waiter sweep to end on top and ready to pass with a leg drag.

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 2 - Sit Up Guard to Single Leg Sweep

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 2 - Sit Up Guard to Single Leg Sweep

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In this second sweep, Mackenzie teaches a fundamental single leg sweep variation from the sit up guard. This sweep can goes well in combination with the first sit up guard sweep in this series.

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 1 - Sit Up Guard to the Hook and Dump Sweep

Mackenzie Dern Koala Guard and Favorites 1 - Sit Up Guard to the Hook and Dump Sweep

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Mackenzie Dern is a black belt world champion and no gi champion and one of the best contenders in the world today. In this lesson she shares one of her favorite guards to play, the "koala guard" or sit up guard in which she uses effectively to transition between various guards as well as sweep her opponent.

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