Inside the University 718 - Finishing the Drag Based on Your Opponent's Reaction

Inside the University 718 - Finishing the Drag Based on Your Opponent's Reaction

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Now Xande breaks down several ways your opponent can react after you drag his arm across, whether it be a 2 on 1 sleeve drag, or him pulling it out to defend the armbar. Your opponent might bunker down, post his arm, post his leg, tuck his elbow in, etc. Xande shows several options to ether sweep or take the back based on his reaction.


Victor Hugo Series 8 - Sitting Up to Take the Back

Victor Hugo Series 8 - Sitting Up to Take the Back

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This time after setting up the chair sweep, his opponent steps over to the negative half guard and sits back to keep his weight heavy on the mat. Now instead of inverting, Victor kicks his leg forward to sit up. With his elbow posted on the mat, he escapes his hips to free his leg and slides his way to the back where he can establish control.

Victor Hugo Series 6 - Back Take from X-Guard

Victor Hugo Series 6 - Back Take from X-Guard

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Going through the same sequence as before, Victor gets to the X-guard and brings his opponent's leg over his head. However, instead of standing up, this time his opponent stays down on his knee. Victor moves his arm that is grabbing the belt from inside the thigh to the back and uses his elbow to push his opponent away. He slides his knee behind the leg and hooks the thigh with both his feet. Next he extends his lower hook, forcing his opponent to sit, and locks his seat belt grip. From here he throws both of his hooks in place to establish back control.

Victor Hugo Series 2 - Heavy Bolo Back Take

Victor Hugo Series 2 - Heavy Bolo Back Take

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Again from his opponent's single leg X-guard, Victor keeps a low base and peels the foot off his hip. He steps his outside leg back and pinches his knees on his opponent's leg. He grabs the belt and rolls over his shoulder, using his legs to roll his opponent with him. His inside leg becomes his first hook, and he makes a seat belt grip before throwing his second hook over and establishing back control.

Inside the University 673 - Taking the Back from the Guard Pass

Inside the University 673 - Taking the Back from the Guard Pass

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Now Gustavo can do any of his passes, but once he gets to the side, his opponent tries to escape by turning away from him. First he grabs his seat belt and brings his knee up high behind his opponent's head. With his legs in the S position, he lifts his opponent onto his leg and keeps his elbow tight to his thigh. He throws his top hook over and pulls him back as he rolls to the other side, giving him the space to throw in his second hook and establish back control.

Inside the University 619 - Using the Pedal to Take the Back

Inside the University 619 - Using the Pedal to Take the Back

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Continuing the lesson using the pedal and the spur, Xande is now in his collar sleeve guard and removes his spur to place his pedal, same as he did in the previous technique. Now when he pushes off to square himself to his opponent, but this time he goes a little further so he is on his hip, and drags the arm across his body as he moves. It is important that his shield leg is now clamping down on the back, and now he can close his side guard to keep his opponent trapped. From here he can reach over the back to grab the armpit and post his other forearm on the mat to help climb his way to the back.

Inside the University 586 - Combinations from the Side Smash

Inside the University 586 - Combinations from the Side Smash

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Now combining all the principles of his side smash series, Xande breaks down some common situations and shows different combinations to smash, pass or take the back depending on how his opponent reacts.

Inside the University 585 - Controlling the Hips when You Take the Back

Inside the University 585 - Controlling the Hips when You Take the Back

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Stressing a key point, Xande shows the importance of controlling your opponent's hips when attempting to take the back. Xande uses his elbow to keep pressure down and make sure the hips stay on the floor, and his opponent cannot roll. If his opponent is able to roll away, Xande waits for the space between the hip and the floor, and then places his inside hook first. Then he can control and look for the second hook.

Inside the University 584 - Taking the Back from the Drag Position

Inside the University 584 - Taking the Back from the Drag Position

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Xande starts off from the drag position he ends up in after passing the guard, and now decides he wants to take the back. He first grips the far lapel and uses his elbow to pressure down the legs. With his other shoulder, he raises his opponent's top elbow and walks around til he can pass his head and get to the back. Now he makes a seatbelt grip, brings his knee up to the bottom shoulder, throws his other leg over the body and sits back to take back control.

Dennis Hallman Series 5 - Howdy Back Take

Dennis Hallman Series 5 - Howdy Back Take

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In this scenario, when Dennis steps over the head, his opponent turns into him and pushes his leg away, so Dennis steps back and reaches over the back to grab the waist. He makes a cross face with his other arm, and steps his leg over to straddle the body. Now his opponent rolls back the other way to try to escape, and Dennis follows him, securing back control as they roll.

Inside the University 411 - Berimbolo from Three Quarter Mount

Inside the University 411 - Berimbolo from Three Quarter Mount

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Again from three quarter mount, Victor's opponent is keeping curled up to defend, so Victor slides his weight down and locks a triangle with his legs, trapping his opponent's leg. Now Victor brings his top shoulder toward his opponent's butt, and does a front roll, forcing his opponent to roll with him. After his roll, he plants his free foot on the mat to escape his hips, and creates the space to place his second hook and establish back control.

Inside the University 410 - Back Take from Three Quarter Mount

Inside the University 410 - Back Take from Three Quarter Mount

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Again from three quarter mount, Victor slides his body down and keeps his weight on his opponent's leg and looks to get the cross face. But this time his opponent is defending by staying on his side and blocking Victor's arm. Now Victor uses his stomach to trap the arm, and reaches around behind the head and grabs the wrist. Next he brings his free leg up so his knee is behind the shoulders, and he feeds his other hand through, connecting his Kimura grip. From here he just opens his knee and sits back, pulling his opponent on top of him before rolling to the other side, where he can throw on his second hook and establish back control.

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