Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 2 - Sit Up Sweep to Kimura

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 2 - Sit Up Sweep to Kimura

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From the closed guard, Rafael opens and rests his leg on his opponent’s hip, and sits up, posting his other side hand on the mat. He reaches across over the shoulder, grabs the elbow and thrusts his hips up and in to sweep his opponent. Rafael lands in mount, and immediately grabs the wrist and locks the Kimura grip. He wipers his way to side control, where he switches his base and steps over the head to finish the Kimura.


Inside the University 339 - Muscle Sweep to Omoplata Sweep

Inside the University 339 - Muscle Sweep to Omoplata Sweep

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Breaking down his fight with Jackson Sousa, Xande is in the closed guard with a cross sleeve grip and his opponent stands up. Xande goes hard for the muscle sweep, but his opponent stays balanced for a few attempts before falling to his knee. Xande locks the omoplata, and his opponent defends by long stepping over his head. Xande uses the momentum to roll to the top, making sure to keep a grip on the pants to control his opponent as he fights to avoid the sweep. Eventually Xande settles in and controls the hips to keep his opponent down.

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 10 - Leg Pinch Sweep from Closed Guard

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 10 - Leg Pinch Sweep from Closed Guard

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Dominyka sets up the balloon sweep when her opponent stands up in her closed guard, but her opponent defends by stepping back and basing. Dominyka drops her legs and wraps them around her opponent's legs near the knee, and pinches them together. Now it's easy for her to choose a side and sweep her opponent.

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 9 - Balloon Sweep from Closed Guard

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 9 - Balloon Sweep from Closed Guard

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Dominyka is in her closed guard with both sleeves grips, and her opponent stands up. Dominyka opens her guard, pinches the waist with her shins and brings her knees together. Now she pulls her opponent forward with her legs and the sleeve grips, and when she is in the air, Dominyka pushes the sleeves and does a back roll, landing in the mount.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 1 - Collar Drag to Single Leg

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 1 - Collar Drag to Single Leg

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In this series, Xande breaks down the key positions that happened in his fights on his way to Gold at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. In his first fight, he pulled guard and attempted a scissors sweep, but his opponent's base was strong, so he turned his hips back and went for an armbar. His opponent reacted by backing away, so still with the collar and sleeve grips, Xande tried to kick the knee and collar drag. To defend, his opponent stepped his inside knee up, so Xande used the momentum to sit up and switch from the drag to the single leg, coming up and finishing the sweep.

Takamasa Watanabe Series 11 - Back Take from Closed Guard

Takamasa Watanabe Series 11 - Back Take from Closed Guard

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From the closed guard, Takamasa pulls his legs in to break his opponent's posture, as he pushes his arm across his body using a sleeve grip. His other hand reaches over the back and grips the shoulder blade. Next, he escapes his hips so he is on the side of his opponent, not underneath. He extends his shoulder, posts his head on the mat, stretches his top leg and slides his bottom leg to make a hook. Now he posts his hand on the mat and climbs the back and makes the second hook.

Xande's Omoplata Series 9 - Ballerina Catch from Muscle Sweep Attempt

Xande's Omoplata Series 9 - Ballerina Catch from Muscle Sweep Attempt

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From the closed guard, Xande has the cross sleeve grip and his opponent stands up to pass. Keeping the grip close to his chest, Xande hooks the leg and opens his guard. While keeping his hips up, he pushes off his near leg to swing his far leg, while punching the arm inward. Now he can catch the omoplata, and set up his next move from here.

Inside The University 274 - Faceplant Collar Drag from Closed Guard

Inside The University 274 - Faceplant Collar Drag from Closed Guard

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From the closed guard, Xande makes a grip on the collar, opens his guard and moves himself back to a seated guard position. In this scenario, his opponent does not have any grips, so Xande posts his hand on the mat, raises his leg and switches his hips as he pull his opponent face first to the mat, making sure to land his elbow. Now Xande releases the collar and pushes off the mat as he reaches for his opponent's hip to gain back control.

Inside The University 237 - Pe de Pano Sweep from Closed Guard (James Puopolo)

Inside The University 237 - Pe de Pano Sweep from Closed Guard (James Puopolo)

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Continuing in the closed guard, James now climbs his legs up his opponent's back, causing him to pull his arm out. James swings his leg over the head to a near omoplata position as before. Keeping his hips off the ground, and maintaining the cross sleeve and pants grips, James kicks up to his shoulder, facing his opponent and rolls to complete the sweep. From here he can block the hip, trap the head and move to side control.

Inside The University 235 - Arm Drag to Barrel Roll Sweep from Closed Guard (James Puopolo)

Inside The University 235 - Arm Drag to Barrel Roll Sweep from Closed Guard (James Puopolo)

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Guest Instructor, James Puopolo, shows some closed guard positions he really likes, and starts with the arm drag series. He starts by getting a 2-on-1 grip on the sleeve, drags the arm across, and begins climbing to the back and grabs the lapel if possible. His opponent can react many ways, but in this scenario, he tries to push back into James and pull his arm back. James counters by grabbing the pants, planting his foot and sweeping his opponent, and rolling on top to the mount.

Inside The University 234 - Muscle Sweep from Closed Guard

Inside The University 234 - Muscle Sweep from Closed Guard

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Starting in the closed guard, Saulo's opponent stands up to pass, so Saulo immediately hooks the leg with his arm and brings his shoulder close to the leg, hugging the leg tight while flexing his biceps. With his other hand gripping the cross sleeve, Saulo drops his hips and bumps the inside of his opponent's thigh, forcing the sweep. Saulo keeps the grip on the sleeve and uses it to help him come up to establish the technical mount position.

Inside The University 233 - Hip Bump Sweep from Closed Guard

Inside The University 233 - Hip Bump Sweep from Closed Guard

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Saulo shows his best sweep from the closed guard, the hip bump sweep. Saulo first controls his opponent's sleeve, and when his opponent goes to put his knee in Saulo's butt to open his guard, he immediately shifts his hips to the side. Now he has the leverage to bump his opponent over with his hips and come on top to the mount.