Inside the University 858 - Closed Guard Arm Drag

Inside the University 858 - Closed Guard Arm Drag

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When playing closed guard, Alex's first objective is to break his opponent's grip on him, and drag the arm across his body. Then he will shift his hips to the side and reach over the back, where he has some options he will cover next. Sometimes, he is able to get a quick wrist lock if his opponent insists on keep his grip.


Inside the University 857 - Basics of the Closed Guard

Inside the University 857 - Basics of the Closed Guard

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To begin his lesson, Professor Alex discusses some basic concepts of playing the closed guard, emphasizing how he prefers to sit on his opponent's lap rather than the floor. Before showing techniques he has the students work on opening the guard, so everyone can get an idea of where he's going next.

Inside the University 856 - Step Over Pass from Deep Half Guard

Inside the University 856 - Step Over Pass from Deep Half Guard

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Now when Victor's opponent gets the half guard, his first reaction is to pummel and get the underhook. Next he steps his leg over the head, ending up in a quarter guard position. From here, he can easily drop his upper body weight and slide his knee out of the quarter guard, and establish side control.

Inside the University 855 - Leg Drag Pass from Deep Half Guard

Inside the University 855 - Leg Drag Pass from Deep Half Guard

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When Victor rolls to take the back, sometimes he is not able to keep his leg as a hook, and loses his fight to get back control. In this case, he abandons his effort in taking the back, and instead comes to the top in a leg drag position.

Inside the University 854 - Back Take from Deep Half Guard on Top

Inside the University 854 - Back Take from Deep Half Guard on Top

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After his opponent gets deep half guard on him, Victor establishes his base and now looks to take the back. He swims his arm underneath his own leg and grabs his opponent's knee with his other hand. Now he rolls over his shoulder, kicks his opponent's legs away and escapes his hips to get the back control.

Inside the University 853 - Getting to Deep Half Guard when Mounted

Inside the University 853 - Getting to Deep Half Guard when Mounted

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This lesson begins with Professor Victor Hugo showing how to get to deep half guard when your opponent has you mounted. After getting to his survival position on his side, Victor bridges and pushes the knee to trap the leg. Next he swims his arm under the leg and swivels his hips to get his body under the leg and into deep half guard.

Josh Hinger Guillotine Series 3 - Finishing the Guillotine from Mount

Josh Hinger Guillotine Series 3 - Finishing the Guillotine from Mount

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Now Josh shows a common scenario he encounters when attacking his guillotine series, in which his opponent flops onto his back. Keeping his guillotine grip in place, Josh rolls back to mount. From here he breaks down the mistakes many people make, and how to properly finish the guillotine.

Josh Hinger Guillotine Series 2 - Guillotine Setup to Anaconda Choke

Josh Hinger Guillotine Series 2 - Guillotine Setup to Anaconda Choke

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In this situation, Josh has sprawled on his opponent after he shot on him. After securing his guillotine grip, Josh sits into his "Gangster" guard and is able to put his opponent on his side with very limited mobility. Here Josh is able to trap arm with his legs and drag it across the neck, so he can lock up a tight anaconda choke.

Josh Hinger Guillotine Series 1 - Introduction to the Arm-In Guillotine

Josh Hinger Guillotine Series 1 - Introduction to the Arm-In Guillotine

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Special guest instructor and 3X No Gi World Champion, Josh Hinger, starts his seminar with some basic concepts of setting up and finishing an arm-in guillotine. He breaks down how sets his grips, where he finds his leverage and how he tightens everything up in the closed guard to finish the choke.

Inside the University 852 - Closed Guard Leg Wrap Sweep

Inside the University 852 - Closed Guard Leg Wrap Sweep

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This time when Professor Rene's opponent stands up, Rene is late to get his hips high enough to do the kosoto gari. Instead, he drops down and closes his legs around his opponent's knees. Here he likes to get a cross sleeve grip, squeeze his legs and bring his knees to him, then extend and drag the sleeve to sweep his opponent.

Inside the University 851 - Kosoto Gari Sweep from Closed Guard

Inside the University 851 - Kosoto Gari Sweep from Closed Guard

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Now Rene's opponent stands up inside his closed guard, so Rene does a sit up to keep his body close and reaches one arm behind the back, while his other hand grabs the sleeve. He drops his legs so the same side leg as the arm on the back goes behind the leg. The other plants behind him and helps him drive forward to take his opponent down backward.

Inside the University 850 - Standing Up in the Closed Guard

Inside the University 850 - Standing Up in the Closed Guard

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Before moving on to the next technique, Professor Rene goes over how to stand up in your opponent's closed guard. He makes a sleeve and collar grip, and presses both grips down on his opponent's torso. He steps his foot on the same side of the sleeve grip first, and the other foot second. As he stands, he makes sure he has good tall posture, and establishes a strong base before pushing the knee to open the guard.