Inside the University 602 - Side Control to Mount to Armbar

Inside the University 602 - Side Control to Mount to Armbar

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From side control, Saulo keeps heavy pressure on his opponent by staying on his toes, rather than resting on his knees. He opens his hips and whips his leg over the body. He settles in this position, waiting for his opponent to push and bridge, giving Saulo the opportunity to square his hips and climb to a high mount. Now he can trap the arm and get the armbar.


Xande's Dominant Control Series Highlight

Xande's Dominant Control Series Highlight

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If you haven't already, make sure to go back and watch Xande's Dominant Control Series. Learn the leverage and techniques that have led Xande to winning 7 World Championship Titles as a Black Belt.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 14 - Switching Sides when Opponent Turns on His Side

Xande's Dominant Control Series 14 - Switching Sides when Opponent Turns on His Side

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In this technique, Xande shows how to transition from side to side when you can't keep your opponent flat and he turns to his side. From hip to hip control, Xande posts his hand on the mat and steps his leg over the head. Next he rotates his upper body to place his other arm in front of his opponent's body, and he takes a big long step backward, ending up behind the back. Now he looks to grab the collar and pull his opponent flat as he reestablishes hip to hip control.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 11 - Opening the Elbow to Help Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 11 - Opening the Elbow to Help Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

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Starting from hip to shoulder control, Xande walks over the head to the other side, using his elbow to open his opponent's arm as he goes. Once on the other side, he gets a hip to shoulder control and his arm is going down the back, completely trapping the his opponent's far arm. Now he can easily step over to mount since his opponent cannot defend on the far side.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 9 - Blocking the Legs when Transitioning to Mount

Xande's Dominant Control Series 9 - Blocking the Legs when Transitioning to Mount

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Again from hip to shoulder control, Xande is looking to mount but his opponent is keeping his legs up ready to block him. Xande uses his forearm to create a frame across the thighs and cups the far leg. From here he pulls the legs as he slides his knee across the body, trapping both legs between his foot and hand. Now he can bring his leg all the way over and establish the mount.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 8 - Transition to Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 8 - Transition to Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

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When looking to mount from hip to shoulder control, Xande must make sure that he opens his opponent's inside elbow before stepping over. He does this by bringing his hip forward and underneath the armpit, and then walking the arm back. Then he brings his knee to the hip and is ready to step over to mount. If he does not clear the arm first, his opponent will likely be able to frame and recover guard.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 7 - Timing Your Power Knee Slide to Mount

Xande's Dominant Control Series 7 - Timing Your Power Knee Slide to Mount

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In the previous video, Xande showed the best case scenario of the power knee slide, but now is a little more practical against a good opponent who is keeping his elbow tight to his body. So now Xande places his knee on the outside of the arm and turns the head by closing his far elbow and applying shoulder pressure. Next he brings his knee across the body at an upward angle, and opens the far elbow with his shoulder. This gives him the space he needs to bring his leg all the way over to mount.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 6 - Power Knee Slide to Mount

Xande's Dominant Control Series 6 - Power Knee Slide to Mount

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Starting in side control with his super hold grip, Xande uses his knees to open his opponent's arm and bring his knee under the armpit. He puts heavy shoulder pressure on the head and opens his far elbow to widen his base. Now he slides his knee from the hip onto the belly, and then slides it across the body til it hits the mat and his body is on top of his opponent. Before bring his lower leg across, he opens his elbow and sort of sprawls his leg down til his hip is almost on the mat, and now he can slam his foot on the ground and establish mount without getting caught in the three quarter mount.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 5 - Super Hold Grip in Side Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 5 - Super Hold Grip in Side Control

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Xande begins in hip to hip control and makes his super hold grip, which is his arm under the head and his other arm under the far arm with his hands clasped together. He brings his outside knee to the armpit and slides it up, trapping the arm with his knee and elbow. His other knee is at the hip, stopping his opponent from bringing his legs in to recover guard. From this super hold position, Xande can transition between his other control positions fluidly if he needs to.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 4 - Knee on Belly Transition from Hip to Hip Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 4 - Knee on Belly Transition from Hip to Hip Control

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Starting from his hip to hip control, Xande uses his collar grip to flatten his opponent, and his other hand is planted on the mat, ready to push himself up. As he pushes, he raises his chest and slides his hip followed by his thigh and shin up his opponent's hip, until he can place his shin across the belly. Now his hand on the mat can grab the pants and he can establish a solid knee on belly position.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 3 - Hip to Hip Shoulder Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 3 - Hip to Hip Shoulder Control

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Using a similar concept as before, Xande now sets up his hip to shoulder control. To set up his position starting from hip to hip control, he brings his top arm over his opponent's head to trap the far arm, turns his hips to face the lower body and his side is laying across the top of his opponent's chest with his hip on the shoulder. His body weight will keep his opponent from turning, and for more control, he grabs the belt and pushes his shoulder forward. From here, his free arm can keep the legs at bay and he always has the option to turn back to hip to hip control.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 2 - Hip to Hip Side Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 2 - Hip to Hip Side Control

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Here Xande focuses on a side control position he calls hip to hip control, in which his hips are angled toward his opponent's head and his legs are sprawled out and his toes are on the mat, keeping his pressure down while allowing him mobility. He keeps his hand gripping the collar to control his opponent's head by opening his elbow. If his opponent is able to sneak his knee in underneath Xande's leg, Xande brings his knee forward and walks his leg back, straightening out his opponent's leg and regaining his hip to hip control.

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