Inside the University 989 - Beating the Frame when Passing with the Esgrima

Inside the University 989 - Beating the Frame when Passing with the Esgrima

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Diving a little deeper into the esgrima pass, Gustavo shows how to deal with a common problem when your opponent puts up a good frame to keep you at bay. Instead of trying to drive into the frame, Gustavo shifts his weight toward the head to squash the frame and flatten his opponent, making it much easier to finish the esgrima pass.


Inside the University 988 - Setting Up Esgrima Pass from Spider Guard

Inside the University 988 - Setting Up Esgrima Pass from Spider Guard

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Now when Gustavo breaks the spider guard grips, he ends up in a situation where his opponent's legs are wide open. In this case, he steps his knee in the middle, drops his weight and get the esgrima or underhook. From here he can settle in and work his knee cut pass.

Inside the University 987 - Forcing the Legs Down to Pass Spider Guard

Inside the University 987 - Forcing the Legs Down to Pass Spider Guard

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After going over some finer details on breaking your opponent's spider grips, Gustavo shows another variation to pass the spider guard. Instead of spinning his opponent, now he forces the feet to the ground and runs around to establish side control.

Inside the University 986 - Toreando Pass from Spider Guard

Inside the University 986 - Toreando Pass from Spider Guard

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Gustavo shows how to step to the side each time he swims his arm to break his opponent's spider grip. After breaking both grips, he places his hands on the knees and spins his opponent to whichever direction he prefers to toreando pass the guard.

Inside the University 985 - Clearing the Foot on the Biceps in Spider Guard

Inside the University 985 - Clearing the Foot on the Biceps in Spider Guard

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For this lesson Professor Gustavo covers how to deal with the spider guard, but before passing, he shows how to get your opponent's feet off your biceps. To make his grip on the pants, he swims his hand over the ankle and grips at the inside. Now when he steps to the side, he can swim his arm to the inside and easily punch away to get the foot out of his biceps and be ready to pass.

Inside the University 474 - Sprawling and Pinning the Leg to Pass

Inside the University 474 - Sprawling and Pinning the Leg to Pass

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Saulo has established his headquarters position and is using the bounce motion to create his space to pass. As he bounces out, he drops his hand to his opponent's knee and pushes it to the mat. His same side knee turns out to pin the leg and he sprawls his other leg back. Here he can windshield wiper pass over the leg, or set up another pass.

Inside the University 473 - Importance of the Bounce

Inside the University 473 - Importance of the Bounce

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Throughout his career, Saulo has been able to pass guards because of his bounce. The pushing in and pulling away motion is key in his whole passing game. Whether it's to clear the lasso hook, free his arm from a spider grip or any other kind of grip, the bounce creates space for him to escape. Make sure to incorporate this action/reaction movement into your passing.

Inside the University 472 - Maintaining a Strong Headquarters Position

Inside the University 472 - Maintaining a Strong Headquarters Position

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Correcting some mistakes, Saulo stresses the importance of maintaining a good headquarters position while in someone's guard. This means staying low with a good posture, rather than keeping the hips high and bending over, which will put you in danger. Also, the back and forth hip movement is key in creating the space needed to clear the lasso hook.

Inside the University 471 - Lasso Guard Pass

Inside the University 471 - Lasso Guard Pass

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Saulo's opponent puts the lasso guard on him, so his very first move is to move his body in and then away, in order to create space so he can swim his hand behind the thigh. Next his other hand comes to the knee, and again he moves his body in and away to create space, this time to shove the leg down to the mat. Now he keeps both hands pinning the leg down as he begins to pass to the side.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 3 - Leg Drag Pass from Lasso Guard

Eduardo Inojosa Series 3 - Leg Drag Pass from Lasso Guard

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From inside his opponent's lasso guard, Eduardo first swims his hand inside the thigh and steps his knee in to block the leg, and with his other hand he grabs the bottom of the pants. From here he stacks his opponent, pulls his arm to break the lasso grip and brings it across the legs to grab the collar and finish with a nice leg drag pass ti side control.

Nathiely de Jesus Series 8 - Reverse De La Riva Pass

Nathiely de Jesus Series 8 - Reverse De La Riva Pass

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Nathiely opponent is playing reverse De La Riva guard with one foot in the biceps stretching her arm away, so Nathiely first move is to make grip on the pants and step to the side. Here she straightens her arm to release the foot on the biceps, and pushes it away. Now she drops her weight down, and her free arm hugs deep behind the head, putting her shoulder heavy on her opponent. While pushing the pants grip away from her, she back steps to free herself from the guard, and establishes side control.

Fredson Alves Series 10 - Lasso Guard Pass

Fredson Alves Series 10 - Lasso Guard Pass

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From inside his opponent's lasso guard, Fredson grabs the belt with his lassoed arm, and underhooks the other leg with his other arm. He stands up and sits down with his foot inside his opponent's thigh to break the lasso grip. Now he leg drags the leg he has underhooked, and passes the guard.

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