Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 5 - Sweep and Pass to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 5 - Sweep and Pass to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

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Rafael's opponent manages to finish the sit up sweep this time, but Rafael immediately pushes of the hip and shrimps to create space. He swims his arm under the ankle and brings the leg to him with the help of his own knee, and at the same time he grabs the pants on the other leg. From here, he puts his outside foot on the hip and extends his legs to sweep his opponent back, landing with one of his opponent's legs pinned on the mat and the other on his shoulder. He traps the hips by bringing his outside knee up, and controls his opponent with double lapel grips. From here, he shows a couple options to pass the guard.


Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 4 - Back Take and Choke to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 4 - Back Take and Choke to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

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Again, Rafael's opponent goes for the sit up sweep, but this time Rafael pushes the knee with his free hand, and steps over his opponent's leg. He drops his knee down behind the back, as his other knee comes up, making his first hook. Immediately, Rafael looks to control the lapel, and folds it to get a better grip for the choke. Now he can finish with one of a few choking variations he shows.

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 3 - Knee Cut Pass to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 3 - Knee Cut Pass to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

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Rafael’s opponent attempts the sit up sweep he showed in the previous technique, so Rafael’s first reaction is to stop him from sitting up by stiff arming his body. Next, he brings his knee up on the side his opponent is trying to sweep him to, and slides his shin over the thigh. He reaches in to cross face, and his other arm hugs tight against the back. From here, Rafael chooses to lift his hips so he can use his inside leg to knee cut pass to side control.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 5 - Foot Lock while Passing the Guard

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 5 - Foot Lock while Passing the Guard

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Now Masakazu is passing the guard toreando style, and his opponent reacts by bringing his foot up to Masakazu's hip. He grabs the foot as he would a guillotine, with his forearm under the achilles tendon, and his hand on his own stomach. He turns outside to face the leg he's attacking, and his far knee puts pressure on the thigh while finishes. He can finish standing up, or he can sit down with his hips tight against the thigh. He can also turn to the outside to help finish faster.

Inside the University 342 - Hell Choke from Turtle

Inside the University 342 - Hell Choke from Turtle

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Xande breaks down the choke he used in the Grand Slam finals, starting from turtle position on top. Xande makes the clock choke grips, but for whatever reason, he feels he won't be able to finish the clock choke. Instead, he throws his leg over to the far side, and rolls all the way through. The leg he throws ends up with the knee in his opponent's ribs, and his other leg ends up over the shoulder. Here he is in perfect position to finish the choke.

Inside the University 341 - Butterfly Guard Pass

Inside the University 341 - Butterfly Guard Pass

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Now breaking down his final, Xande's opponent has the butterfly guard with an overhook and sleeve grip. Xande keeps his elbow close to the hip, and breaks his hips to kill the bottom leg. His opponent frames and replaces the knee shield, meanwhile, Xande makes a grip on the sleeve and weaves his arm through the legs. Now he raises his hips high and knee cuts to side control.

Inside the University 332 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Inside the University 332 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

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Breaking down another fight, Xande's opponent is playing half guard with the knee shield, and the classic collar and sleeve grips. Xande first whizzers the leg, and after attempting a weave pass, he swam his hand inside and made a collar grip on his opponent. Now he grabs the pants with his other hand and puts some pressure down. His opponent reacts by pushing back, giving Xande the opportunity to stand up, push the leg inside and jump to the other side. His opponent reacts by trying to turn back into him, so Xande makes a cross face and maintains side control.

Inside the University 328 - Half Guard Shin Cut Pass

Inside the University 328 - Half Guard Shin Cut Pass

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Xande breaks down his guard pass from a fight that his opponent pulled half guard. Once his opponent pulls, Xande immediately places his hand on the chest and extends his arm to keep a lot of pressure on him. His other hand makes a grip on the sleeve, and he steps himself back so he can knee cut across his opponent's shin. It's important that he gets low enough and points his knee back, rather than doing a traditional knee cut across the thigh. Once he breaks through the legs, he drops his weight on his opponent's hips, and works his way to side control.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 10 - Transitioning Between Smash Pass and Toreando

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 10 - Transitioning Between Smash Pass and Toreando

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Xande discusses how insisting on passing the guard one way can really hinder a fight, and slow things down like it did in his final match. He emphasizes the importance of being able to change your pass at any point when your opponent defends. Here, Xande shows some variations he uses to transition between smashing and using the toreando.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 9 - Changing Sides when Passing Butterfly Guard

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 9 - Changing Sides when Passing Butterfly Guard

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Xande continues from the same butterfly guard sweep attempt by his opponent, but now focuses on changing his passing side. After Xande steps back to the negative side, his opponent released his tight overhook to grab the belt. Xande drops his head to the chest, reaches his arm up the back, and drives forward. As his opponent is falling back, Xande switches his hips and shuffles to the other side with his underhook grabbing the back. When his opponent tries to use his hook, Xande breaks his hips to clear it, and can now work to pass or force the half guard.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 8 - Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent has Overhook

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 8 - Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent has Overhook

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Xande now shows a butterfly guard pass that he attempted in his fight, but his opponent defended, causing Xande to change his plan and force the half guard as he previously showed. His opponent has the overhook, wrapping his arm up tight, and sits up to sweep Xande. First, Xande turns his arm down to control the hip, his drops down to the belly and his other arm blocks the shin. Now he puts pressure on his opponent, back steps his leg free from the hook, and walks to side control.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 5 - Half Guard Pass to Mount Variation 2

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 5 - Half Guard Pass to Mount Variation 2

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After attempting the previously shown half guard pass to mount, Xande now shows the variation he was able to use against his opponent. From the quarter guard with the cross collar grip, Xande's opponent bumped him and turned on his side to defend. Xande used his knee on the stomach to keep pressure, swam his arm in for the underhook, and his knee now dropped to the mat in a knee cut position. However, Xande was looking for the mount, so he made the cross face grip, turned his hip in and slid his knee back across the stomach. Now he forces his knee down and opens his elbow to control his opponent's arm. Using his free foot, he blocks the leg and helps free his other foot to mount his opponent.