Inside the University 967 - Stretching Your Leg to Maintain Distance

Inside the University 967 - Stretching Your Leg to Maintain Distance

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Saulo goes over a detail of keeping your bottom leg stretched and extending your body to maintain distance between you and your opponent. This is especially applicable in a self defense scenario if your attacker is trying to punch you.


Inside the University 966 - Setting Up Classic Guard from Closed Guard

Inside the University 966 - Setting Up Classic Guard from Closed Guard

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To start off this lesson, Saulo begins in closed guard and looks to set up his classic guard position. With a sleeve and cross collar grip, he opens his guard, and without putting his feet on the ground he turns his hips toward his sleeve grip. Both feet go on the hips and his top leg opens to maintain inside control of the arm. Now he is in a good classic guard position.

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 6 - Breaking Down the Side Closed Guard

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 6 - Breaking Down the Side Closed Guard

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After Xande fought his way to get on top, Roger was able to get a side closed guard and reach over Xande's back to get a sleeve grip. Xande breaks down some mistakes he made while stuck in the position, and also covers some things he would have been looking to do if he was in Roger's position.

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 5 - Preventing the Pass with the Diamond Concept

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 5 - Preventing the Pass with the Diamond Concept

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After getting swept by Roger, Xande finds himself in a knee shield guard with Roger looking to apply pressure up top and pass the guard. Xande explains how he was able to successfully use his diamond concept to not only prevent the pass, but get to his knees and get the bigger man's weight off of him.

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 4 - Half Guard Strategy on Top

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 4 - Half Guard Strategy on Top

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In the fight with Roger, Xande got swept from the half guard, but now he goes over some different strategies he could have used to maintain his position on top and pass the guard.

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 3 - Cross Face VS Nearside Underhook from Half Guard

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 3 - Cross Face VS Nearside Underhook from Half Guard

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Having taken Roger down and establishing half guard, Xande discusses using the cross face vs. the nearside underhook against Roger, or someone taller and bigger than him in general. In many cases, the cross face would be preferred, but because of Roger's size, he was able to sweep Xande even while cross faced. Xande shows how could have used the nearside underhook to his advantage in this situation.

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 2 - The Xande Guruma

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 2 - The Xande Guruma

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Xande discusses Roger's favorite grip in the stand up fight and how he likes to take people down. Knowing this, Xande was able to mentally prepare, so when Roger got the cross sleeve grip on him, he could hit a variation of the duck under takedown which he now calls the Xande Guruma.

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 1 - Duck Under Takedown

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 1 - Duck Under Takedown

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In this series Xande analyzes his fight with Roger Gracie in the 2008 World Championship Final. He starts off by showing a duck under takedown he hit on Roger in 2006, which helped him prepare for this fight, as he hit a similar takedown that will be his next technique in this series.

Inside the University 965 - Armbar with 2-on-1 Sleeve Grip

Inside the University 965 - Armbar with 2-on-1 Sleeve Grip

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Gustavo has his 2-on-1 sleeve grip and a foot on the hip, and his opponent is walking away from the foot on the hip looking to pass. As he walks that way, Gustavo ideally has his other foot on the biceps, and when his opponent gets square to him, he drops the foot down to the hip. While pulling the arm in, he elevates his hips and pinches the arm to attack the armbar.

Inside the University 964 - 2-on-1 Sleeve Grip Arm Drag to Back or Single Leg

Inside the University 964 - 2-on-1 Sleeve Grip Arm Drag to Back or Single Leg

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Now as Gustavo is working with the 2-on-1 sleeve grip, his opponent looks to pass to the far side. As he does, Gustavo kicks the far leg out and drags the arm to the ground as he sits up to attack the back or grab a single leg, depending on his opponent's reaction. A key detail is he uses the grip at the armpit to help him get up and keep his opponent from closing the distance.

Inside the University 963 - Switching Your Foot on the Hip with 2-on-1 Sleeve Grip

Inside the University 963 - Switching Your Foot on the Hip with 2-on-1 Sleeve Grip

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As Gustavo is playing the 2-on-1 sleeve grip, his opponent is moving to the side in effort to pass his guard. When his opponent gets far enough that Gustavo is concerned his guard will be passed, he puts his free foot on the hip and drops his other foot down, and continues to play guard.

Inside the University 962 - Guard Retention with 2-on-1 Sleeve Grip

Inside the University 962 - Guard Retention with 2-on-1 Sleeve Grip

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To start this lesson about 2-on-1 sleeve grip, Gustavo first shows how to do some basic guard retention while playing guard with this grip. He keeps his foot in the hip on the same side of the arm he controls. His other foot is free to push the biceps, use as a De La Riva hook or many other options. As his opponent tries to move to the side, Gustavo makes sure to follow with him.