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.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 12 - Crucifix Setup off Reversal from Turtle

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 12 - Crucifix Setup off Reversal from Turtle

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Now Dallas's opponent is not opening up for Dallas to get the arm, so he gives up his arm that's reaching over the back to bait his opponent into rolling and reversing him. As his opponent goes to roll, he has to push off the mat because Dallas stays heavy. The push opens up the space Dallas needs to trap the arm while rolling and land in the crucifix.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 10 - Crucifix Setup from Turtle by Forcing the Arm

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 10 - Crucifix Setup from Turtle by Forcing the Arm

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Again from turtle, Dallas's opponent is playing defense and trying to protect his neck from the choke. Dallas grabs the wrist and pries the arm open enough to step his foot over it. Now he can bring his other knee up to trap the arm between his legs and pull it back to set up his crucifix.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 10 - Crucifix Setup from Turtle

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 10 - Crucifix Setup from Turtle

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Now moving to setting up the crucifix, Dallas begins in turtle position. He steps his foot up high near his opponent's head, baiting him to grab his leg. Once he grabs the leg, Dallas traps the arm and brings it back to setup the crucifix.

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.

Dallas Nile Crucifix Series 8 - Kimura Trap

Dallas Nile Crucifix Series 8 - Kimura Trap

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Another option Dallas likes when his opponent drops his head to the mat in attempt to escape is to grab a Kimura grip. If his opponent stays on his back then Dallas looks to get to his knees and finish the Kimura on top. If his opponent tries to run away then Dallas looks to attack the back.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 6 - Breaking Your Opponent's Hand Clasp

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 6 - Breaking Your Opponent's Hand Clasp

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When Dallas' opponent clasps his hands together to defend the armbar, it's important that he maintains control of the near arm in order to break the grip. He does so by getting 2 on 1 wrist control and pinning the arm to the chest. Now he can pull with his legs to break the grip and finish the armbar.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 5 - Maintaining Crucifix when Opponent Turns In To You

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 5 - Maintaining Crucifix when Opponent Turns In To You

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Sometimes Dallas' opponent will try to escape by coming up and turning into him, in which case Dallas sits up with him and makes sure to stay connected to his back. Here he can use a strong cross face to pull his opponent back down and regain control. Sometimes he is even able to get a rear naked choke out of it.