Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 17 - Crucifix Setup Defending the Guard Pass

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 17 - Crucifix Setup Defending the Guard Pass

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To finish off his series, Dallas brings out the fancy crucifix setup he uses when his opponent is trying to stack pass him with one arm under the leg. He first looks to control the wrist and keep his opponent from grabbing his collar. Next he raises his hips off the mat and rolls belly down, pulling his free leg out as he rolls to end up on his opponent's back with the crucifix locked up.


Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 9 - Transitioning from Crucifix to Back Control

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 9 - Transitioning from Crucifix to Back Control

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Sometimes Dallas's opponent will drive his weight back into him, trying to flatten him out and relieve some pressure on his neck. When he does, he leaves a gap between his legs and the floor, giving Dallas plenty of space to swing his leg underneath and get his hooks in. Most of the time his second hook will also trap his opponent's arm, making submission attacks much easier.

Inside the University 859 - Closed Guard Arm Drag to the Back

Inside the University 859 - Closed Guard Arm Drag to the Back

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Now when Professor Alex does his arm drag from the closed guard, he looks to climb onto the back. After dragging the arm, he adjusts himself to a side closed guard. From here he posts on his elbow and climbs his way to the back, where he looks to sink in both hooks and secure back control.

Inside the University 854 - Back Take from Deep Half Guard on Top

Inside the University 854 - Back Take from Deep Half Guard on Top

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After his opponent gets deep half guard on him, Victor establishes his base and now looks to take the back. He swims his arm underneath his own leg and grabs his opponent's knee with his other hand. Now he rolls over his shoulder, kicks his opponent's legs away and escapes his hips to get the back control.

Inside the University 823 - Taking the Back when Opponent has One Arm Under the Leg

Inside the University 823 - Taking the Back when Opponent has One Arm Under the Leg

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Rene's opponent is again trying to pass with one arm under the leg, but now Rene wants to take the back. First he grabs the wrist and pushes it against his thigh, then posts his forearm to sit up. Next he raises his hips and rolls sideways til his hip sits on the elbow. He grabs the pants and pulls his bottom leg out, and now he can work on establishing back control.

Victor Hugo 2019 World Championship Series 3 - Back Take from 50/50 Guard

Victor Hugo 2019 World Championship Series 3 - Back Take from 50/50 Guard

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After setting up his lapel 50/50 guard, Victor's opponent drops his knee to the floor, so again he hooks the far leg and grabs the pants. He stretches his legs to push his opponent and create space, then lets go of the lapel and slides his knee inside behind the leg. He opens his knee to the outside and reaches for the belt, and now stretches his legs til he sits his opponent down and can take the back.

Inside the University 784 - Taking the Back from Omoplata

Inside the University 784 - Taking the Back from Omoplata

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Professor Rene has his omoplata locked but for whatever reason can't finish it, so instead he looks to take the back. He posts his foot that is over the arm on the mat, along with his hand, to raise himself and place his other leg in for his first hook. Now he throws his leg over the back to get his second hook and establish back control.

Inside the University 778 - Taking the Back from Half Guard

Inside the University 778 - Taking the Back from Half Guard

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This time when Professor Gustavo goes for the half guard lift, his opponent sprawls his weight and stays on his knees, so Gustavo reaches under the arm and across the back. By punching his shoulder up, he opens space to sit up and attack his opponent's back. Here he shows a couple different options of finishing his back take.

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 6 - Crab Ride to Back Control from Calf Slicer

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 6 - Crab Ride to Back Control from Calf Slicer

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In this technique, Tex has gotten to the calf slicer, but for whatever reason he is unable to finish it, so he decides to go for the back. First he rolls his opponent to the side and releases his calf slicer lock. He gets into a crab ride position, then places his twister hook to kick the hips down and get a solid back control.

Inside the University 756 - Bringing Your Knees Inside to Take the Back

Inside the University 756 - Bringing Your Knees Inside to Take the Back

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Now Tex breaks down the importance of how he sneaks his knee behind his the thigh, and why he brings his knees to his chest to maintain better control of his opponent while hunting for the back. He also gives some details to help finish the choke.

Inside the University 755 - Inverting Transition to Taking the Back

Inside the University 755 - Inverting Transition to Taking the Back

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Tex swings to the side of his opponent again, invevrting and kicking him away to isolate the leg, but now his objective is to take the back. While gripping the heel, he drags the leg across his body and hooks his feet behind the knees. He kicks opponent out in front of him, forcing him to a seated position and then works to gain a solid back control, already looking for the lapel choke.

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.