Inside the University 361 - Over Under Pass

Inside the University 361 - Over Under Pass

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Continuing the guard pass series from the crab stance, Xande has his arm under one leg and his knee pinning the other. His opponent is blocking the passes to both sides, so Xande makes a grip on the pants and removes his knee to get on his toes. He fakes the pass to the under side by moving his head, and then jumps over the leg, passing to the other side, where he can establish side control.


Inside the University 360 - Back Step Pass

Inside the University 360 - Back Step Pass

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Again from the crab stance, Xande pins his opponent's leg to the mat and swims his other arm under the leg to put on the pressure, looking for the traditional pass. His opponent blocks his hip on the passing side, so Xande pushes his knee through to pin the open leg with his shin, using his foot to hook the thigh. Next he controls the head with his arm, and releases his grip on the collar as he back steps his leg out of the guard, keeping control of both legs still. Now he pushes off his foot to keep pressure on his opponent, so he can release his hook and establish side control.

Inside the University 359 - Traditional Guard Pass

Inside the University 359 - Traditional Guard Pass

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Xande teaches the first pass of this series, which is also his favorite pass. From the crab stance, Xande picks a side and changes his scoop hand to push down on the thigh, and as the leg goes to the mat, he swims his other hand under the other leg. He makes a grip on the collar with his palm facing down. The common reaction by his opponent is to attack his inside arm and look for the triangle, so Xande drives his weight forward and starts walking toward the other side. When Xande gets perpendicular to his opponent, he drops his hips to push the leg aside, and establishes side control.

Inside the University 358 - Setting Up the Crab Stance to Pass

Inside the University 358 - Setting Up the Crab Stance to Pass

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To begin this lesson on passing the guard, Xande teaches the basics of the crab stance. He begins by placing both hands on his opponent's stomach, standing up and pushing the knee to open the guard. Once the guard is open, Xande widens his stance so his knees are behind his opponent's knees, and he squats to find his base. His elbows are on the outside of his own knees, and his hands cup his opponent's thighs. Now from this crab stance, when his opponent moves, Xande moves with him, always keeping these points of connection in tact.

Inside the University 350 - Half Guard Pass Jumping to the Other Side

Inside the University 350 - Half Guard Pass Jumping to the Other Side

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Gustavo Diaz, who placed 2nd in the Black Belt Ultra Heavyweight Division at the 2017 World Championship, teaches a half guard pass he used at the tournament. His opponent is defending the underhook and the cross face, so Gustavo grabs the back of the pants and drops his head to the side he wants to pass. His elbow is closed, his other hand grabs the triceps and his shoulder is putting pressure on the chest. When his opponent pushes back, Gustavo lifts his knee and cuts it out of the half guard. Now his opponent reacts by trying to place the knee shield, so Gustavo hops to the other side, keeping his grips and pressure with his shoulder so he can establish side control.

Mario Reis Guard Series 15 - Driving Toreando Passing Drill

Mario Reis Guard Series 15 - Driving Toreando Passing Drill

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This time, Mario's opponent stays on her back with both feet up, and Mario wants to pass without engaging her guard. Keeping his distance, Mario slaps his hands on one shin and one knee, and very quickly turns his opponent like a steering wheel. He emphasizes the touch and go aspect of this drill, and does it over and over at a quick pace.

Mario Reis Guard Series 14 - Knee Slice Passing Drill

Mario Reis Guard Series 14 - Knee Slice Passing Drill

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Mario first shows a variation of the previous drill, where he spins his opponent and passes to north-south. Next he shows a knee slice drill, again when his opponent sits up to play guard. Mario grabs the back of her gi and her knee, and steps his leg inside her legs. He pushes her down to the mat, and slides his knee across her thigh to pass the guard. Again, he immediately gets up and repeats the drill at a fast pace.

Mario Reis Guard Series 13 - Toreando Guard Passing Drill

Mario Reis Guard Series 13 - Toreando Guard Passing Drill

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To start off the class, Mario teaches a variation of the toreando guard pass to warm up with. His opponent sits in attempt to establish a guard, so Mario immediately blocks her hip with his hand, keeping his elbow inside her leg. His other goes on top of her other knee. Keeping his legs away from her, he pushes her knee to the side, causing her to spin, and he lowers his weight to gain side control. He gets up and repeats to make this a fast and dynamic warm up drill.

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 10 - Armbar Counter to the Hitchhiker Escape

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 10 - Armbar Counter to the Hitchhiker Escape

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Bruno starts with the armbar secured, but his opponent tries to escape using the common hitchhiker escape. When his opponent turns, Bruno places his foot on the hip and his shin across the neck, with his knee pointed down. He pushes off the hip to get on his shoulder and bring his leg over the head. He continues to roll, forcing his opponent to roll as well, ending up in position to finish the armbar again.

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 3 - Shin Slice to Jump Pass

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 3 - Shin Slice to Jump Pass

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Bruno begins this position by passing the reverse De La Riva guard with the shin slice again, but this time his opponent shrimps before he can establish the pass. Keeping his grips on the collar and pants, Bruno lowers his head to the mat next his opponent's shoulder, and keeps his weight on it as he jumps to the other side. He lands with his knee in the hip and now he can establish side control.

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 2 - Reverse De La Riva Guard Pass

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 2 - Reverse De La Riva Guard Pass

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From inside his opponent's reverse De La Riva guard, Bruno makes grips on the collar and pants, keeping his elbow closed to avoid his opponent bringing his knee inside or making a lasso. He turns his knee in to break the hook, and slices his shin across the shin, and passes to knee on belly, keeping his grips the whole time.

Inside the University 345 - Passing when Opponent Jumps Full Guard

Inside the University 345 - Passing when Opponent Jumps Full Guard

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Xande's opponent jumps full guard, so first he grips the lapel and begins pushing the other side knee down as he lowers his base. When his opponent's guard opens, he will most likely choose an ankle to grab and look to make a De La Riva hook or play another open guard. Xande immediately drives his knee to the ground, going shin across shin, makes the cross face grip and back steps out of the guard to establish side control.