Inside the University 668 - Hannette Staack - Half Guard Sweep

Inside the University 668 - Hannette Staack - Half Guard Sweep

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Starting from the same set up with the lapel already in her underhook hand, Hannette feels that Xande is blocking her from going to the back, so she reaches in and grabs his sleeve with her free hand. She tucks her elbows in and changes her legs so her outside foot is now hooking the inside of Xande's leg. Using her other foot planted on the mat, she shifts her hips underneath Xande several times until she is on the other side and he is completely off balance. Now she can easily roll and sweep Xande, keeping her head tight to his chest and she comes to the top.


Inside the University 667 - Hannette Staack - Back Take from Half Guard

Inside the University 667 - Hannette Staack - Back Take from Half Guard

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Special guest and multiple time world champion, Hannette Staack, shows a couple of her favorite half guard positions during her surprise visit to the University of Jiu Jitsu. Starting from half guard with her underhook reaching across the back and her head tight to the chest, Hannette opens the lapel with her free hand and feeds it to her underhook. Next she swims her free hand between herself and Xande, feeding the lapel to it, and her underhook reaches up to grab the back of the collar. Now she kicks her leg and pushes the collar, creating space for her to sit up to his back. With Xande in turtle, she can throw her free leg over the back and sink in her hook to establish back control.

Inside the University 662 - Hook Sweep to Under Guard Sweep

Inside the University 662 - Hook Sweep to Under Guard Sweep

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Xande goes for his hook sweep, but his opponent defends by posting his leg out. Xande reaches his arm all the way under the leg and uses his foot on the mat and his hook to pull himself underneath, forcing his opponent to base himself. Xande lets go of the belt to push the chest and hugs the leg with his shoulder. Now he straightens his leg to stretch his opponent away and post on his hand, giving him the space he needs to do a technical stand up and finish the sweep.

Inside the University 661 - Reverse Armbar from Butterfly Guard with Double Underhooks

Inside the University 661 - Reverse Armbar from Butterfly Guard with Double Underhooks

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First off, Xande shows a few different grips, and why the wrist to wrist grip is the strongest, and his preferred grip for this armbar. From the butterfly guard, he uses the same setup from the last technique to establish his double underhooks. He tries to stretch him out but this time his opponent stays heavy and posts his hands on the mat. Xande swims under the arm and catches his wrist to wrist grip at the triceps. From here he flares his elbow up and brings the arm to his neck, while stretching his legs. Now he has the space and leverage to squeeze and finish the reverse armbar.

Inside the University 660 - Inserting Your Underhook

Inside the University 660 - Inserting Your Underhook

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In this scenario, Xande's opponent is staying low and tight, and not allowing him to get his underhook. Xande makes a grip on the back of the gi on the opposite side he wants his underhook. Next he stretches his leg on the other side, opening up the space he needs to insert his underhook. He squares his body back to the center and gets his second underhook. Now he can stretch both his legs to push his opponent back, then sit up and set himself up for the sweep.

Inside the University 659 - Staying Connected While Sweeping

Inside the University 659 - Staying Connected While Sweeping

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Xande touches on a few key details about staying connected, first off with your forehead. While setting up his sweep, he keeps his forehead connected to his opponent's body. While coming up to the top after sweeping, he keeps his forehead connected to the ground, which allows him the leverage he needs to get up. Another important detail is that his hook stays connected while sweeping, rather than trying to kick his opponent up and off his hook, which will not work against a resisting opponent.

Inside the University 658 - Butterfly Guard Hook Sweep

Inside the University 658 - Butterfly Guard Hook Sweep

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With his opponent on his knees, Xande sets up his butterfly guard with an underhook and his head on the opposite side of the body, always staying connected. Depending on whether his opponent posts his hand on the mat or on Xande's knee, Xande grabs the triceps or the wrist, and traps the arm to his body. Now he rolls to the side, staying tight with his hook and pushing off the mat with his free foot. Using the momentum, he comes to the top already in position to pass the guard.

Inside the University 656 - Triangle from Butterfly Guard

Inside the University 656 - Triangle from Butterfly Guard

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Victor Hugo shows the triangle setup he used to finish his final fight. After pulling guard, he tries for a hook sweep, but his opponent keeps a heavy base and posts on Victor's knee. Victor grabs the wrist and pushes it in, and brings his bottom foot to the thigh and his top leg over the shoulder as he would for an omoplata. His opponent reacts by posturing up, so Victor throws his legs up and locks his feet to set up his triangle. Now he can bring the arm across and adjust the triangle to submit.

Inside the University 651 - Finishing the Triangle when Opponent Hides His Arm

Inside the University 651 - Finishing the Triangle when Opponent Hides His Arm

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This time after Rene bites and gets the diamond position, his opponent hides his arm on the outside of the leg. Rene gets his safety lock and readjusts his position the same as before. He reaches across to grab the arm and his other hand grabs the wrist to attack a kimura. His opponent will usually defend by straightening his arm, and this gives Rene the opportunity to drag the arm across and finish the triangle.

Inside the University 650 - Avoid Getting Stacked in the Triangle

Inside the University 650 - Avoid Getting Stacked in the Triangle

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After locking the triangle, sometimes your opponent will try to stack you to break free. In this case, you can push your own knee that is over the shoulder, and keep your arm stiff. Now any forward momentum your opponent gains should also push your body and help prevent him from stacking you.

Inside the University 649 - Key Details to Finish the Triangle

Inside the University 649 - Key Details to Finish the Triangle

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Touching on some key details to finish the triangle after he has adjusted his hips and locked his legs, Rene first makes sure his feet are flexed so the the back of his legs are tight. Next he flexes his legs to bring his ankles down, and then squeezes his knees together. This should make his triangle tight enough that he doesn't need to pull the head down to finish, but that is also an option.

Inside the University 648 - Setting Up the Triangle with the Diamond Position

Inside the University 648 - Setting Up the Triangle with the Diamond Position

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Starting from his closed guard, Rene controls his opponent's arm on his torso, raises his hips and "bites" his legs to the diamond position. The diamond position is his first step to the triangle, where his top thigh is connected to the neck and his feet are crossed behind the head. Next he reaches across to control the inside arm and drag it across his body. He uses his legs to pull his opponent down and his other hand grabs his shin to create his safety lock. Now he can place his foot on the hip to adjust his angle and lock his triangle.