Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 4 - Countering the Knee Shield from Hero Pose

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 4 - Countering the Knee Shield from Hero Pose

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Having done his fade away to the hero pose, where he is looking to use the cross knee pass, Xande is now having trouble passing because Adam placed his knee shield. When Adam extends his shield to create space so he can replace his hook, Xande drops his weight to kill the legs. Now he is able to work for his pass, ideally passing straight to mount.


Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 3 - Fade Away to Cross Knee Pass

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 3 - Fade Away to Cross Knee Pass

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Coming back to his fight with Adam, Xande shows his process on how he could pass Adam's butterfly guard. When he did the fade away, Adam's hook was still strong, so Xande brought his back foot in between his legs and switched to his hero pose. From here he was no longer in the butterfly guard and could use the cross knee pass.

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 2 - Fade Away Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent Has Overhook

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 2 - Fade Away Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent Has Overhook

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Now Xande takes us back to 2004 in a fight against Jefferson Moura who played his butterfly guard with an overhook arm wrap. In this case when Xande sits back on his heels, he brings his arm down to hold the leg and drops pressure with his shoulder. He gets his head below the chin and now he can use his fade away pass.

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 1 - Fade Away Butterfly Guard Pass

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 1 - Fade Away Butterfly Guard Pass

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Xande breaks down his Abu Dhabi Grand Slam fight against Adam Wardzinski, who has a very strong butterfly guard. Xande begins by explaining how he keeps his posture so he doesn't get swept right away. Next he covers his fade away pass, where he sits back on his heels and fades back into an S position, giving him the separation he needs to pass his opponent's hooks.

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 4 - Half Guard Strategy on Top

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 4 - Half Guard Strategy on Top

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In the fight with Roger, Xande got swept from the half guard, but now he goes over some different strategies he could have used to maintain his position on top and pass the guard.

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 3 - Cross Face VS Nearside Underhook from Half Guard

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 3 - Cross Face VS Nearside Underhook from Half Guard

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Having taken Roger down and establishing half guard, Xande discusses using the cross face vs. the nearside underhook against Roger, or someone taller and bigger than him in general. In many cases, the cross face would be preferred, but because of Roger's size, he was able to sweep Xande even while cross faced. Xande shows how could have used the nearside underhook to his advantage in this situation.

Xande Webinar 6 - Dealing With the Half Guard

Xande Webinar 6 - Dealing With the Half Guard

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Now Xande gives some key details of how he deals with his opponent's half guard. Generally he wants to be chest to chest. When his opponent scoots away, Xande uses his crab walk to follow, which is his term for stepping with his knees to stay connected. As he is able to flatten his opponent on his back, he looks to take the mount.

Xande Webinar 6 - Dealing With the Half Guard (Portuguese)

Xande Webinar 6 - Dealing With the Half Guard (Portuguese)

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Now Xande gives some key details of how he deals with his opponent's half guard. Generally he wants to be chest to chest. When his opponent scoots away, Xande uses his crab walk to follow, which is his term for stepping with his knees to stay connected. As he is able to flatten his opponent on his back, he looks to take the mount.

Xande Webinar 3 - Killing the Knee Shield

Xande Webinar 3 - Killing the Knee Shield

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Answering a question on how to kill the knee shield, Xande first shows a simple drill where he posts his hand on the mat and brings his knee and connects it. The application for this is he grabs the lapel and posts on the ribs. Then he brings his knee in to set up a cross knee pass. Now he can drive his weight forward and slide his knee past the shield and connect to his hand.

Xande Webinar 3 - Killing the Knee Shield (Portuguese)

Xande Webinar 3 - Killing the Knee Shield (Portuguese)

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Answering a question on how to kill the knee shield, Xande first shows a simple drill where he posts his hand on the mat and brings his knee and connects it. The application for this is he grabs the lapel and posts on the ribs. Then he brings his knee in to set up a cross knee pass. Now he can drive his weight forward and slide his knee past the shield and connect to his hand.

Inside the University 914 - Blocking with Your Head to Wheel Pass

Inside the University 914 - Blocking with Your Head to Wheel Pass

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Going over some finer points of the wheel pass, Gustavo shows how important it is for him to get his head below his opponent's head and into the chest when turning him for the wheel pass.

Inside the University 913 - Wheel Passing the Sit Up Guard

Inside the University 913 - Wheel Passing the Sit Up Guard

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Now when Gustavo's opponent has his leg and is in the sit up guard, Gustavo looks to use the wheel pass, but first he must pull his leg out from between his opponent's legs. Now that he is in a kind of butterfly guard, he can reach over the back and grab the pants to turn his opponent and back step for the wheel pass.