Inside the University 1024 - Armbar from the Back when Opponent Defends Choke

Inside the University 1024 - Armbar from the Back when Opponent Defends Choke

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Gustavo's opponent is in survival position and defending the choke, so Gustavo reaches over an arm and grabs the elbow to open the arm. Now he can thread his arm through to control his opponent's arm, step on the hip and look to set up his armbar. He reaches to grab the pants and throws his leg over the head to get the submission.


Inside the University 1023 - The Finer Details of Finishing a Lapel Choke from the Back

Inside the University 1023 - The Finer Details of Finishing a Lapel Choke from the Back

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Gustavo goes over some intricate details of finishing the choke, including how to wrap the collar around the neck, basing on your forearm to create more pressure in the choke, and what your fingers and wrist should be doing to get the submission.

Inside the University 1022 - Collar Choke from Back Control when Your Grip Is Not Very Deep

Inside the University 1022 - Collar Choke from Back Control when Your Grip Is Not Very Deep

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In this situation, Gustavo is looking for the choke but his grip is not very deep because his opponent is defending well. So now instead of keeping his arm tight to his opponent, he extends his arms and stretches his body away to tighten the choke. After creating tension, he can close the distance to fully secure and finish the choke.

Inside the University 1021 - Keeping Your Elbow Attached to His Shoulder when Choking

Inside the University 1021 - Keeping Your Elbow Attached to His Shoulder when Choking

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Gustavo goes over an important detail of how his elbow never loses contact with his opponent's shoulder while he is going for the choke. If it does lose connection, then his opponent will have space to escape.

Inside the University 1020 - Collar Choke from the Back

Inside the University 1020 - Collar Choke from the Back

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Professor Gustavo begins class with a basic collar choke from back control. He starts with both hooks and seatbelt control, and goes over some details in maintaining a good control from here. To set up the choke, he opens the lapel and feeds it to his choking hand. His other hand makes a grip on the cross lapel and he can choke from here.

Xande's Side Control Movement Patterns 16 - Escaping Mount and Back Control

Xande's Side Control Movement Patterns 16 - Escaping Mount and Back Control

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Wrapping up the seminar, Xande ties everything together by showing how these same movement principles are used to escape the mount and back control.

Inside the University 960 - Hunting for the Choke

Inside the University 960 - Hunting for the Choke

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Gustavo goes over a few details on how to use your feet to help you move your hips where they need to be. He also shows how he immediately looks for the choke when attacking his opponent's back. Getting the hooks in is secondary for him, so always hunt for the choke.

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 16 - Crucifix Setup from Deep Half Guard on Top

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 16 - Crucifix Setup from Deep Half Guard on Top

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Another setup Dallas uses a lot is when his opponent goes for deep half guard. Dallas makes sure to bring his free leg over the top with him to pinch the arm with his knees. When his opponent tries to turn into him, he has to let go of Dallas's leg, which gives him the perfect opportunity to tie up the arm and jump over to the back to setup his crucifix.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 15 - Crucifix Setup from Single Leg Counter

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 15 - Crucifix Setup from Single Leg Counter

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Now Dallas's opponent shoots a single leg takedown on him, keeping his head in Dallas's stomach as to not get guillotined. Dallas pushes his head to the side, exposing his back, so now he can pivot around to the back and slap on his crucifix just like he did with the fireman's carry.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 14 - Crucifix Setup from Fireman's Carry Counter

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 14 - Crucifix Setup from Fireman's Carry Counter

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Another good way to get the crucifix is by countering the fireman's carry takedown. When his opponent shoots and reaches his arm between Dallas's legs, he immediately pivots to the back and locks his hands before falling back and establishing the crucifix.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 13 - Crucifix Setup when Opponent Grabs Your Pants to Defend Back Take

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 13 - Crucifix Setup when Opponent Grabs Your Pants to Defend Back Take

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Most of the time when you are on top in turtle, your opponent will be most concerned about defending his back, so a common reaction is to reach out and grab your pants. In this case, Dallas uses his bottom leg to trap the arm and bring it in while he rolls to setup his crucifix.