Inside the University 636 - Side Stepping

Inside the University 636 - Side Stepping

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Saulo shows the importance of stepping your leg up to the side as oppose to turning your body to face the side. When he steps to the side, it's almost as if he's circling his opponent from inside the guard.


Inside the University 635 - Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 635 - Opening the Closed Guard

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From inside his opponent's guard, Saulo places both hands under the rib cage, shimmies his way back on his knees and steps his leg up to the side. His same side arm stays attached to his body while his other hand pushes at the belt. He moves himself forward diagonally and stands up his other leg, keeping a solid base. Now his hand on the belt moves across to grab the pants at the hip, and he pushes himself back to open the guard and begin his pass.

Inside the University 611 - Side Smash Pass from Butterfly Guard

Inside the University 611 - Side Smash Pass from Butterfly Guard

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From outside his opponent's open guard, Tyrone sits on top of his opponent's hooks, placing himself in the butterfly guard, while staying on his toes rather than his knees. He grabs the pants at the hip and places his shoulder outside the knee, so he can use it to drop his weight and smash the legs. Now he is back to the side smash position and has the same passing options as before.

Inside the University 610 - Side Smash Pass from Reverse De La Riva Guard

Inside the University 610 - Side Smash Pass from Reverse De La Riva Guard

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Tyrone's opponent has a reverse De La Riva hook and is crossing his feet the opposite way one normally would, preventing Tyrone from cutting his knee out. Tyrone steps back and grabs the belt with his hand that was gripping the knee. He steps his trapped leg to the side and sprawls on his opponent's legs. He grabs the sleeve and drives his inside leg forward some more, and now has the option to step back and pass to the side or go straight to mount.

Inside the University 609 - Guard Passing Drills

Inside the University 609 - Guard Passing Drills

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To begin this BJJ Library class, guest instructor Professor Tyrone Gonsalves shows a few simple open guard passing drills that can be done daily as a good warm up.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 8 - De La Riva Guard Pass

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 8 - De La Riva Guard Pass

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From his opponent's De La Riva guard, Eduardo makes a collar and pants grip, and steps over the leg. Here he changes his grips so the hand on the pants grabs the collar and his other arm swims under the hook leg. He grabs his opponent's hand to break his grip, and dives his arm underneath the head before taking a big back step, keeping control of the wrist until he settles into side control.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 6 - Transition from Turtle to Side Control

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 6 - Transition from Turtle to Side Control

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Eduardo is behind his opponent who is in turtle and trying to avoid submissions. Eduardo picks up his opponent's foot and traps it with his hip. Now he drops his knee to the inside, forcing his opponent to the mat on his side. Now he grabs the far lapel and shuffles to side control, pulling his opponent to his back as he goes.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 5 - Armbar from Three Quarter Mount

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 5 - Armbar from Three Quarter Mount

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From his opponent's half guard, Eduardo pushes the knee and moves to three quarter mount position. He pins his opponent's wrist to the mat, traps the other arm with his arm and steps his free leg over the head, as he would for a monoplata. From here he sits back and adjusts his position to finish the armbar.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 3 - Half Guard Pass

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 3 - Half Guard Pass

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From the half guard, Eduardo turns his hips toward his opponent and makes a deep cross face, reaching down the back to grab the belt. Next he grabs the pants at the outside of the knee and escapes his hips to free his own knee. From here he can let go of the pants, get an underhook and knee cut to pass the guard.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 1 - Loop Choke from Takedown Defense

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 1 - Loop Choke from Takedown Defense

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From standing up, Eduardo first gets a cross collar and sleeve grip. When his opponent shoots in to grab his leg, Eduardo stuffs the takedown with his collar grip and pulls the arm between his legs. Next he wraps his arm around the neck like a guillotine, while keeping the collar grip, and then dives his arm and head underneath his opponent's body. He rolls him down to the mat ending up on his back, and feeds his arm between the legs. To finish the loop choke, he brings his elbow to his body.

Inside the University 586 - Combinations from the Side Smash

Inside the University 586 - Combinations from the Side Smash

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Now combining all the principles of his side smash series, Xande breaks down some common situations and shows different combinations to smash, pass or take the back depending on how his opponent reacts.

Inside the University 583 - Applying Pressure for the Side Smash

Inside the University 583 - Applying Pressure for the Side Smash

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Xande points out the importance of applying constant pressure while using the side smash pass. First of all, he doesn't let his arm get stuck between his body and his legs, because doing so would mean he has to release pressure to get his arm out. Also, he always makes sure his head is low, and in turn his chest will be heavy on his opponent.