Inside the University 478 - Lasso Guard Drill

Inside the University 478 - Lasso Guard Drill

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Gustavo once again starts with the spider guard, and his opponent is gripping both of his pants and walks to the side as he did before. As his opponent moves, Gustavo is extending his leg to the same side to keep him at bay. Now to break the other grip, he kicks his leg and pulls the sleeve. From here he loops his leg over the arm and makes his lasso hook, keeping his elbow tight to his body and his palm facing up so his opponent cannot swim his hand outside. After establishing a good lasso guard, he unhooks his lasso so his opponent can move to the other side, where he repeats the drill.


Inside the University 477 - Spider Guard Side to Side Drill with Moving Opponent

Inside the University 477 - Spider Guard Side to Side Drill with Moving Opponent

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Now Gustavo practices the same concept of the previous spider guard drill, but this time his opponent is moving from side to side. As his opponent moves to the side, Gustavo extends his leg on the side he's moving to. He keeps his other leg bent and pulls the sleeve tight to his body. Now his opponent moves to the other side and he continues the drill.

Inside the University 476 - Spider Guard Side to Side Drill

Inside the University 476 - Spider Guard Side to Side Drill

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Showing the first spider guard drill of the night, Gustavo has both sleeve grips and both feet in the biceps. It is very important he does not stay flat on his back, rather is on his side, with his lower leg bent and he upper leg extended. When he transitions to the other side, he bridges off his bent leg foot in the biceps to change his direction, and then extends that same leg. For this drill he just switches back and forth, side to side. Another key point is that his foot remains right in the elbow crease, where he can keep more control of his opponent's arm.

Inside the University 425 - Lasso Guard Sweep

Inside the University 425 - Lasso Guard Sweep

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Professor Frank shows his favorite lasso guard sweep variation. With both sleeve grips and one foot on his opponent's hip, Frank throws his other leg over the arm for the lasso, but first pushes the shoulder away with his foot, creating the space for him to sink in his lasso. Next he moves his foot on the hip so his shin is across his opponent's body. The common reaction by his opponent is to come forward at him, so Frank pivots underneath him, underhooking the leg and loading him up on his shins so he can easily sweep him to the side.

Inside the University 422 - Spider Guard Sweep

Inside the University 422 - Spider Guard Sweep

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Nick has his spider guard set up and his opponent breaks one of his grips and throws his leg. His first step is to immediately bring his free let across and hook the outside of his opponent's knee, then he clamps down on the biceps with his other foot and opens his hips toward his opponent. His opponent reacts by stepping around the leg to knee on belly, so he reaches and grabs the pants. Now he pulls his foot in the biceps down and stretches it out, and repeats this a few times, each time bringing his opponent more and more to the side until he has the leverage to sweep him.

Inside the University 421 - Controlling Grips in Spider Guard

Inside the University 421 - Controlling Grips in Spider Guard

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Professor Nick Schrock shows some details and concepts of how he plays spider guard. His first concern is to get good grips on the sleeves, without any "wrinkles" or extra folds that could weaken his grip. With his feet in the biceps, Nick pulls his elbows to the ground close to his thighs, keeping his opponent's hands away from his shin so he can't grip back. If his opponent does get a pants grip, Nick rotates his hips to the side, kicks his leg out to break the grip, and then goes back to his spider control.

Claudia do Val Series 4 - Spider Guard Swinging Drill

Claudia do Val Series 4 - Spider Guard Swinging Drill

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Now Claudia shows a great drill she practices to get her body used to the motion of the sweep she taught in the previous technique. After setting up her spider guard with her foot in the biceps and her leg stretching the arm away from her, she swings her free leg to her opponent's leg. While swinging, her spider leg bends to load her opponent and then stretches again as her swinging leg hits her opponent's leg. Now she swings back to her original position and swings again, repeating the drill several times.

Claudia do Val Series 1 - Controlling and Maintaining Spider Guard

Claudia do Val Series 1 - Controlling and Maintaining Spider Guard

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Claudia do Val is one of the top female competitors today, having won the World Championship at both brown and black belt. She begins her series by explaining her approach to playing spider guard. With both sleeves controlled, Claudia chooses a side and slides her foot into the biceps, and then stretches her leg. She turns her body so her hips are facing in that direction. When her opponent reacts, Claudia can slide her other foot in the other biceps, and then stretch that leg out. She drills this movement back and forth, and in a match, she can eventually confuse her opponent and take the opportunity to set up a sweep or submission.

Inside the University 397 - Inverted Lasso Guard Sweep

Inside the University 397 - Inverted Lasso Guard Sweep

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Nick sets up his lasso guard and slides his free shin across his opponent's waist, the same as he did in the last technique. But this time when he reaches under to hook the leg, he reaches all the way across, hooking the outside of the far leg. Using his leverage, he spins underneath his opponent and inverts, pushing his shoulder off the mat to drive into his opponent. His opponent reacts by pressuring back, and Nick uses his opponent's force and momentum to load him up and sweep.

Inside the University 396 - Lasso Guard Sweep

Inside the University 396 - Lasso Guard Sweep

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From the open guard, Professor Nick Schrock makes a sleeve grip, places both his feet on his opponent's hips to escape his own hips, and grips the other sleeve or the collar before throwing his leg lasso over the first arm. He keeps his gripping hand tight to his own leg, and locks his elbow down. Now he puts his free foot across his opponent's body, hooking the waist with his shin. His opponent tries to pass to the open side, so Nick swims his arm under the near leg and rolls him to the side of the lasso, finishing on top.

Inside the University 394 - Spider Guard Sweep with an X-Guard Hook

Inside the University 394 - Spider Guard Sweep with an X-Guard Hook

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Yan Lucas is playing spider guard with both feet in the biceps. He places his left foot on the mat between his opponent's legs and extends his right leg, bring his opponent forward. Now he makes an X-guard hook with his left leg, and traps the leg by pinching it with his arm. He lets go of the sleeve on his other grip to grab the heel, and brings his foot on the hip so he can kick his opponent back to the mat. Now he brings his hook out to S position so he can easily come on top to finish the sweep.

Monique Elias Spider Guard 9 - Omoplata Sweep

Monique Elias Spider Guard 9 - Omoplata Sweep

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Monique locks up the omoplata as before, and as she sits up to reach for the belt, her opponent rolls forward to defend. Monique follows and ends up on top with the biceps locked between her thigh and calf. She grabs her opponent's head, and now releases the trapped arm in order to establish side control.