Inside The University 280 - Replacing the Knee Shield in Half Guard

Inside The University 280 - Replacing the Knee Shield in Half Guard

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Xande starts in his half guard, and his opponent has the underhook and is flattening him. Xande first keeps his free arm framed to prevent the cross face. He pushes off the mat and bumps his top arm against his opponent's head to create space. Now he does a little hip escape, which gives him the room to replace the knee shield.


Inside The University 279 - Recovering Half Guard with the Shoulder Escape

Inside The University 279 - Recovering Half Guard with the Shoulder Escape

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Xande is playing half guard and his opponent gets the underhook on him and is trying to flatten him, so his first thought is to get his frame back. Just as in the drill he showed, Xande hip escapes and shoulder escapes, giving him the space he needs to swing his arm back in for the frame.

Fredson Alves Series 9 - Defending the Berimbolo

Fredson Alves Series 9 - Defending the Berimbolo

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From the De La Riva guard, Fredson's opponent goes behind and attempts the berimbolo. Fredson's first reaction is to base his hand on his opponent's hip, and step his leg back and traps his opponent's knee with his other arm. Now he takes the hand off the hip and underhooks the arm closest to him, before stepping over to get in a good half guard position.

Lucas Leite Half Guard and Back Attacks 2 - Setting Up the Dog Fight from Half Guard

Lucas Leite Half Guard and Back Attacks 2 - Setting Up the Dog Fight from Half Guard

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Lucas shows how to set up his position he calls the dog fight, from the half guard. Starting with the knee shield, he sits up and gets the underhook, reaching across his opponent's back. Lucas makes sure to control the far arm and keep his head close to the chest. He hooks his opponent's leg with his leg and comes to his knees, making sure to pinch the leg tight between his knees. Now he is in the dog fight position, where he has many attack options.

Inside The University 239 - Knee Bar Defense (James Puopolo)

Inside The University 239 - Knee Bar Defense (James Puopolo)

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James finishes up his class as guest instructor by showing how he defends the knee bar he showed in the last position. The most important thing for James is to lock his triangle to protect his leg, and get a double sleeve grip on his opponent's arm. From here he just waits for his opportunity to replace his guard, escape his leg, or take whatever option his opponent gives him.

Private Lesson with Saulo 9 - Controlling the Arm from Half Guard

Private Lesson with Saulo 9 - Controlling the Arm from Half Guard

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Now in the half guard, Saulo emphasizes the importance of not letting the guy on top control your head. His first fight is to control his opponent's arm, and let him get head control. For the guy on top, whose arm is being controlled, Saulo shows how he can transition to a knee cut pass with the escrima.

AJ Sousa Series 2 - Defending the Over-Under Pass

AJ Sousa Series 2 - Defending the Over-Under Pass

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AJ Sousa shows how he likes to defend and replace his guard when his opponent tries the over-under guard pass on him. First he blocks his opponent's hip, and then swims his arm under his own leg, and uses the leverage to create space and replace the half guard with his leg.

Inside The University 191 - Reverse Half Guard to Knee Slice Pass

Inside The University 191 - Reverse Half Guard to Knee Slice Pass

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Saulo continues to analyze Xande's final match against Lucas Leite in the 2015 World Championship, and shows how he prefers to pass the reverse half guard with the knee slice. Saulo emphasizes that this pass is for when your opponent is turning into you and you cannot keep him flat. If he is flat, then it's better to pass to the mount.

Inside The University 189 - Reverse Half Guard Pass and Back Take with Your Arm Underneath Opponent's Arm

Inside The University 189 - Reverse Half Guard Pass and Back Take with Your Arm Underneath Opponent's Arm

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Xande continues to show the reverse half guard position, but now he places his arm underneath his opponent's arm rather than over it. After controlling the position, he shows how to pass, how to mount and how to take the back. This is one of Marcelo Garcia's favorite positions, and Xande has spent time studying it with him.

Inside The University 188 - Reverse Half Guard Pass with Your Arm Over Opponent's Arm

Inside The University 188 - Reverse Half Guard Pass with Your Arm Over Opponent's Arm

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Xande shows how to enter the reverse half guard and maintain control of the position with your opponent's arm trapped between his own body and your arm. Once control has been established, Xande shows how to pass the guard to gain side control or even attack the kimura.

Inside The University 187 - Forcing the Mount from Half Guard

Inside The University 187 - Forcing the Mount from Half Guard

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Xande shows how to control the half guard position from the top, and not let your opponent escape away from you or replace his guard. After Xande has secured control of the position, he passes the guard and forces his way to the mount.

Inside the University 176 - Deep Half Guard Transition from Half Guard.

Inside the University 176 - Deep Half Guard Transition from Half Guard.

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Xande continues the Deep Half Guard Transition from the previous lesson. This time focusing on your exit strategy. Demonstrating that turning your head in the opposite direction of your opponent, putting your chin to your shoulder and shrugging your shoulder will the leverage you need to pull your opponent over you to allow you to get that deep position.

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