Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 8 - Sideways Sweep when Opponent has Underhook

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 8 - Sideways Sweep when Opponent has Underhook

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Robson's opponent has the underhook and is able to flatten him out. With his free hand, Robson grabs the near sleeve and pushes it across his body. His other arm that had the whizzer now reaches over the back to grab the belt, and Robson ducks his head underneath his opponent's head, moving his body perpendicular to his opponent. Now he uses his leverage to pull with his grips and kick with his hook, sweeping his opponent to his side. He maintains his grip control until he rolls to the top and can establish side control.


Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 7 - Butterfly Sweep to Mount when Opponent has Underhook

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 7 - Butterfly Sweep to Mount when Opponent has Underhook

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Once again, Robson is playing butterfly guard, and his opponent gets the underhook. Like before, Robson makes a tight whizzer, feeds the far sleeve to his hand, and posts up on his elbow. His opponent feels off balance, so he drops to his knees to keep pressure on Robson. With his free leg behind his hook, gets on his knee, removes his hook and steps his leg over his opponent's back. Not wanting to give up his back, his opponent rolls and Robson takes the mount.

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 6 - Triangle from Butterfly Guard

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 6 - Triangle from Butterfly Guard

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Robson is in the butterfly guard, and his opponent gets the underhook on him, so he whizzers the arm and makes a grip on the opposite sleeve by feeding it with his other hand. He posts his hand on the mat to keep his base, and drags the arm in as he stretches his free leg out, giving him the space he needs to close the triangle.

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 5 - Butterfly Sweep to Back Take

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 5 - Butterfly Sweep to Back Take

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Again, Robson goes for the basic butterfly sweep, but his opponent bases, so Robson needs another option. He brings his free foot below his hook, and makes an X on his opponent's knee. He brings his underhook up as high as possible to force his opponent's posted arm past his head. Now he stretches out his legs and moves his body under his opponent's armpit, landing on the back. Here, he throws his top hook over the body, makes a grip on the lapel, and rolls through, taking the back. He brings his other leg over the shoulder to finish the choke. Note that Robson never lets go of the sleeve grip.

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 4 - Butterfly Sweep to Kata Guruma

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 4 - Butterfly Sweep to Kata Guruma

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Robson sets up his butterfly guard and attempts the basic sweep, but his opponent has a good base and stays on his feet. Robson's first step is to pull the arm and wrap around the back of his neck, as he posts on his elbow. His other arm abandons the underhook and grabs the leg. He lowers his forehead to the mat, and at the same time sweeps his opponent using the kata guruma technique.

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 3 - Basic Butterfly Sweep

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 3 - Basic Butterfly Sweep

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Robson sets up his butterfly guard as shown before, and raises his opponent off the mat with his hook. It's important that he pushes the hand between the legs, his underhook goes as high as it can, and he is on his side. He uses his foot on the mat to push and turn his body over as he sweeps his opponent. He looks to land with his shin across the thigh, so he can easily mount right away.

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 2 - Setting Up Butterfly Guard from Full Guard

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 2 - Setting Up Butterfly Guard from Full Guard

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Robson starts from the full guard, controlling both sleeve grips, and opens his guard to escape his hips. With his foot in the hip, he pulls the same side arm, making sure his opponent can't make a grip. Robson now brings his other foot inside the legs to make the first butterfly hook, and at the same time, sits up, swimming his arm underneath the armpit. Now he takes the foot off the hip and puts his leg underneath his opponent's legs, as he shoves the sleeve grip arm between the legs, and lifts his opponent with his hook. Now his opponent is off balance, and Robson can start to work his butterfly techniques.

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 1 - Interview

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 1 - Interview

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Robson "Robinho" Moura is 5th degree Black Belt under Master Andre Pederneiras, and 7X Black Belt World Champion. In this interview, he talks about his history in Jiu-Jitsu, and how he developed his amazing butterfly guard game, which he will be showing some of his favorite techniques from.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 10 - Transitioning Between Smash Pass and Toreando

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 10 - Transitioning Between Smash Pass and Toreando

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Xande discusses how insisting on passing the guard one way can really hinder a fight, and slow things down like it did in his final match. He emphasizes the importance of being able to change your pass at any point when your opponent defends. Here, Xande shows some variations he uses to transition between smashing and using the toreando.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 9 - Changing Sides when Passing Butterfly Guard

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 9 - Changing Sides when Passing Butterfly Guard

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Xande continues from the same butterfly guard sweep attempt by his opponent, but now focuses on changing his passing side. After Xande steps back to the negative side, his opponent released his tight overhook to grab the belt. Xande drops his head to the chest, reaches his arm up the back, and drives forward. As his opponent is falling back, Xande switches his hips and shuffles to the other side with his underhook grabbing the back. When his opponent tries to use his hook, Xande breaks his hips to clear it, and can now work to pass or force the half guard.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 8 - Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent has Overhook

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 8 - Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent has Overhook

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Xande now shows a butterfly guard pass that he attempted in his fight, but his opponent defended, causing Xande to change his plan and force the half guard as he previously showed. His opponent has the overhook, wrapping his arm up tight, and sits up to sweep Xande. First, Xande turns his arm down to control the hip, his drops down to the belly and his other arm blocks the shin. Now he puts pressure on his opponent, back steps his leg free from the hook, and walks to side control.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 7 - Forcing Half Guard from Butterfly Guard

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 7 - Forcing Half Guard from Butterfly Guard

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In his final fight, Xande faced an opponent with a good butterfly guard, so he knew that he wanted to force the half guard. First, he grips the pants and gets the underhook, and when his opponent tries to lift him with the butterfly hook, he keeps his hand on the back rather than posting on the mat. While he is lifted off the mat, he breaks his hip, turning it to the outside and freeing his leg from the butterfly hook. At this point, his opponent locked the half guard. Xande reacted by opening his opponent's arm that was controlling his own arm, bringing his knee to the hip, and flattening him out to force the half guard.