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.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 13 - Kimura from Hip to Shoulder to North-South Transition

Xande's Dominant Control Series 13 - Kimura from Hip to Shoulder to North-South Transition

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Xande has hip to shoulder control with a grip on the belt, trapping the far arm, and his opponent is not giving up the arm as he did in previous techniques. Looking to get the arm, Xande walks to north south and drops pressure on the face, causing his opponent to react by turning into him. Xande gives him some space to turn and uses his shoulder to push the arm across, where he can grab the wrist with his other hand and get his Kimura trap. Now he steps his knee over the arm, pinches his knees to trap his opponent and cranks to finish the Kimura.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 12 - Bread Cutter Choke from Hip to Shoulder Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 12 - Bread Cutter Choke from Hip to Shoulder Control

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Using the same transition to switch sides as he did in the previous technique, Xande establishes his hip to shoulder position and opens the far arm, reaches around it and grabs the collar with his palm up. He keeps pressure on the face with his ribs and then walks back to the other side with his free hand on the outside of the arm. Now the neck is wide open for him to place his second grip and sink in the bread cutter choke.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 11 - Opening the Elbow to Help Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 11 - Opening the Elbow to Help Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

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Starting from hip to shoulder control, Xande walks over the head to the other side, using his elbow to open his opponent's arm as he goes. Once on the other side, he gets a hip to shoulder control and his arm is going down the back, completely trapping the his opponent's far arm. Now he can easily step over to mount since his opponent cannot defend on the far side.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 10 - Kimura from Hip to Shoulder Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 10 - Kimura from Hip to Shoulder Control

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In this video, Xande shows his favorite submission from hip to shoulder control, the Kimura. When his opponent places his arm in front of his body, Xande immediately grabs the wrist to make his first Kimura grip. Now ideally in one fluid motion, he turns his hips square, steps his leg over the head, feeds his arm through to make his second Kimura grip and pulls his opponent onto his side. From here he can pull the arm up and crank the Kimura.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 9 - Blocking the Legs when Transitioning to Mount

Xande's Dominant Control Series 9 - Blocking the Legs when Transitioning to Mount

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Again from hip to shoulder control, Xande is looking to mount but his opponent is keeping his legs up ready to block him. Xande uses his forearm to create a frame across the thighs and cups the far leg. From here he pulls the legs as he slides his knee across the body, trapping both legs between his foot and hand. Now he can bring his leg all the way over and establish the mount.