Inside the University 563 - Turning to Your Side

Inside the University 563 - Turning to Your Side

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Fine tuning the tripod sweep, Gustavo stresses the importance of turning to your side so your hips are facing your opponent instead of staying flat on your back. Otherwise your opponent can keep a strong base and not be swept. Also, whether this series is the one for you or not, it's key to have a go to technique for when you need to score a quick two points in competition.


Inside the University 562 - Guard Pull to Tripod Sweep

Inside the University 562 - Guard Pull to Tripod Sweep

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In this situation, after Gustavo pulls guard his opponent steps forward rather than pull back, so Gustavo is immediately ready to play guard. Sometimes he will pull the sleeve across and go right to De La Riva guard. But a better option can be to place his foot on the near hip, hook the far leg behind the knee and use the tripod sweep to get on top.

Inside the University 561 - Guard Pull to Single Leg Takedown

Inside the University 561 - Guard Pull to Single Leg Takedown

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Gustavo uses the same sitting guard pull and hooks his opponent's heels, but this time his opponent steps his leg back to regain his base. Now Gustavo switches his legs to S-position, pulls the hand to the floor as he stands up and grabs the single leg. Once he is standing, he has many options to takedown.

Inside the University 560 - Proper Guard Pulling

Inside the University 560 - Proper Guard Pulling

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Touching on a few key points to pulling guard, it is important to know that if you're competing, you must have a grip on your opponent before you sit down. Also, for this technique, he does not go to his back, rather he stays in a seated position. If his opponent has a strong base and is not falling backward from the hooks alone, he can let go of the sleeve and push the legs back.

Inside the University 559 - Guard Pull to Sweep

Inside the University 559 - Guard Pull to Sweep

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In preparation for competition, Gustavo Dias shows a guard pull to a quick sweep that has been successful for him. He first grabs his opponent's sleeve with both his grips and then sits down to pull guard. The most common reaction is for his opponent to walk backward, so Gustavo pulls himself in and hooks his feet behind the ankles. Now he simply pulls his feet in to sweep and get to the top position.

Inside the University 506 - Flipping the "S"

Inside the University 506 - Flipping the "S"

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Touching on some details of the collar drag, Saulo first notes the importance of not stretching your leg too much when your foot is on the hip, which can allow your opponent to easily pass your guard. Another key point is to not pull your opponent on top of you when dragging the collar. To avoid this, he puts his weight on his posted hand and foot on the hip, keeping his own hip off the mat. Now when he drags the collar, he can easily shift his body to the outside. This is when he flip the "S" by rotating his legs and hips to face the other side, placing him in a position next to his opponent where he can easily climb to the back or finish on top.

Inside the University 496 - Single Leg Trap Sweep

Inside the University 496 - Single Leg Trap Sweep

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Using a similar set up as the last sweep, Xande is in position for the tripod sweep, and moves his foot on the hip to the mat between and behind his opponent's legs. Using his heel for leverage, he pulls himself underneath his opponent and wraps his leg around the leg, placing his heel on the hip, and his other foot moves from behind the far knee to behind the near thigh. Xande keeps his knees pinched together and his elbow closed tight, keeping the leg trapped. To knock his opponent down, he raises his hips and points his inside knee toward the trapped leg. Now he can easily sit up to his base and establish top position.

Inside the University 495 - Single Leg X-Guard Sweep to Foot Lock

Inside the University 495 - Single Leg X-Guard Sweep to Foot Lock

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Xande is playing his open guard and is in position for the first tripod sweep, but his opponent defends, so Xande turns his knee out, places it behind his opponent's knee and uses it along with his grips to pull his opponent closer to him. Next he moves his foot from the near hip to the far hip, making an X with his legs, and he wraps his arm around his opponent's leg and grabs his own collar. Now he drops his other foot from behind the knee down behind the heel, and straightens his leg as he pushes his opponent back, putting him on his butt. From here Xande can sit up to his base to finish the sweep, and then fall back on his side to attack the foot lock.

Inside the University 494 - Reverse Tripod Sweep from Open Guard

Inside the University 494 - Reverse Tripod Sweep from Open Guard

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Xande has his open guard sling shot position set up, with a cross collar and pants grip. His opponent breaks the collar grip and throws Xande's leg off his hip and to the side, leaving Xande with only a pants grip. Xande immediately turns his hips to face his opponent and puts his top leg in the hips. Now he brings his bottom foot right behind the heel and kicks it forward as he pushes the hips back, knocking his opponent backwards, allowing him to come to the top.

Inside the University 493 - Tripod Sweep from Open Guard

Inside the University 493 - Tripod Sweep from Open Guard

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Using a variation of his classic open guard, Xande has his foot on his opponent's hip, a cross collar grip and a same side pants grip, while his free leg can push the far thigh or biceps. Here he is pulling tight on his grips to break his opponent's posture and forcing him to bend over. Xande places his free leg behind the far knee, and now he pulls with that hook and his pant grip as he pushes with his foot on the hip, forcing his opponent to fall backward. As he comes to the top, he keeps his hook knee in the middle and steps his other leg outside, already in a good position to pass the guard.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 5 - Guard Pull to Hook Sweep

Eduardo Inojosa Series 5 - Guard Pull to Hook Sweep

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Eduardo pulls guard and feeds the lapel around the leg, looking for the same sweep shown in the previous technique, but this time his opponent reacts by dropping his weight and settling on his knees. Now Eduardo makes a sleeve grip, escapes his hips so he's on his side, and places his outside hook in the groin. From here he just kicks the knee away and pulls the sleeve to get to the top and finish the sweep.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 4 - Guard Pull to Single Leg Sweep

Eduardo Inojosa Series 4 - Guard Pull to Single Leg Sweep

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From standing, Eduardo makes a grip on the collar and pulls it to him as he drops down to his guard, with both legs going underneath his opponent. The same side shin as his collar grip blocks his opponent's leg as he feeds the lapel to his other hand, wrapping up the other leg and securing a single leg grip. Now he pulls the collar and kicks his shin back to make his opponent go forward and post his hand. With his opponent's weight off him now, Eduardo can turn to his elbow and stand up with the single leg to finish the sweep.