Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 2 - Cross Collar Choke Variation

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 2 - Cross Collar Choke Variation

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After slicing his knee through to pass the guard, Rafael allows his opponent to turn to his side. He keeps his forearm to the chest and drops his shoulder on his body to keep pressure. His free hand reaches down the back to grab the belt, and with these grips, he drops his hip to the mat and steps his leg over, almost to mount. He can squeeze here and finish the choke, similar to a loop choke and a guillotine.


Inside the University 774 - Wrist Lock from Side Control

Inside the University 774 - Wrist Lock from Side Control

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Now having passed the guard, Professor Nick shows one of his favorite submissions, a wrist lock from side control. When his opponent puts his hand on Nick's shoulder to push him, Nick first traps the hand to his shoulder with his chin. He places both hands on the triceps and simply pulls in and drops pressure with his chest to finish the wrist lock.

Inside the University 759 - Triangle Set Up from Side Control when Opponent Won't Come to the Top

Inside the University 759 - Triangle Set Up from Side Control when Opponent Won't Come to the Top

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Again from side control, Rene wants the triangle but his opponent knows and won't come to the top. Now Rene lifts his opponent's head off the mat with his arm, and steps over, already placing his leg in position under the head. He can continue to roll to his side where he can finish the choke.

Inside the University 758 - Triangle Set Up from Side Control

Inside the University 758 - Triangle Set Up from Side Control

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Professor Rene shows a triangle choke set up from side control, where he first pulls his opponent's arm up to place his thigh under, and sits back on his own ankle. After reaching under the head to grab the armpit, and trapping the wrist with his other hand, Rene lays back, and as his opponent comes to the top he shoves the arm inside and bites down with his triangle.

Inside the University 741 - Protect Yourself and Recover Your Guard

Inside the University 741 - Protect Yourself and Recover Your Guard

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Breaking down the steps of recovering guard, Saulo shows the necessary movements to first protect yourself, and then look to recover guard. His main concern is always to protect himself, which is why he keeps his hands close, and doesn't overextend to reach for his opponent.

Inside the University 740 - Placing Your Hands Under Your Body

Inside the University 740 - Placing Your Hands Under Your Body

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Now Saulo points out that your hands should stay under your body when turning belly down. Many times people will reach for the legs and get stuck because of this. If you are reaching for the legs, it should be in effort to take your opponent down. However, in this case, we are looking to recover guard, so he keeps his hands near his body for protection.

Inside the University 739 - Turning Belly Down

Inside the University 739 - Turning Belly Down

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Tying all his movements together, Saulo shows how to avoid getting stuck in turtle when turning belly down. After escaping his hips and bringing his bottom leg through, he doesn't hang out on his knees, allowing his opponent to set up attacks. Instead he brings his other leg to S position and falls back, where he can reset his guard.

Inside the University 738 - Framing with Your Knee

Inside the University 738 - Framing with Your Knee

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Now Saulo focuses on the importance of recovering guard with two specific movements after turning on his side. When he brings his knee in the first time, this is to set his frame. He is not yet looking to recover because he doesn't have the space. Next he escapes his hips, and now he has the space to bring his knee in more and begin to recover.

Inside the University 690 - Mounting from the Half Guard

Inside the University 690 - Mounting from the Half Guard

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From inside his opponent's half guard, Xande has his chest on the chest, one arm deep under the head pulling himself tight, and his other hand is posted on the mat close to his opponent's hip. He turns his hips to face his opponent, brings his knee up and connects his elbow to his knee. Keeping his connection, Xande brings his knee across the body and to the mat, and pushes his opponent's knee to free his leg even more into a three quarter mount. From here he gets an underhook, grabs the super hold and shoes two ways he can free his leg to get full mount.

Inside the University 602 - Side Control to Mount to Armbar

Inside the University 602 - Side Control to Mount to Armbar

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From side control, Saulo keeps heavy pressure on his opponent by staying on his toes, rather than resting on his knees. He opens his hips and whips his leg over the body. He settles in this position, waiting for his opponent to push and bridge, giving Saulo the opportunity to square his hips and climb to a high mount. Now he can trap the arm and get the armbar.

Xande's Dominant Control Series Highlight

Xande's Dominant Control Series Highlight

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If you haven't already, make sure to go back and watch Xande's Dominant Control Series. Learn the leverage and techniques that have led Xande to winning 7 World Championship Titles as a Black Belt.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 14 - Switching Sides when Opponent Turns on His Side

Xande's Dominant Control Series 14 - Switching Sides when Opponent Turns on His Side

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In this technique, Xande shows how to transition from side to side when you can't keep your opponent flat and he turns to his side. From hip to hip control, Xande posts his hand on the mat and steps his leg over the head. Next he rotates his upper body to place his other arm in front of his opponent's body, and he takes a big long step backward, ending up behind the back. Now he looks to grab the collar and pull his opponent flat as he reestablishes hip to hip control.