Inside the University 735 - Knee Cut Pass from Headquarters

Inside the University 735 - Knee Cut Pass from Headquarters

Add to Favorites Remove From Favorites 513 7 days ago

Now while in headquarters, Nick's opponent has a grip on his pants or ankle, keeping him from kicking his leg back for the X-pass. Instead, he whips his body along with his grips to the side, setting himself up in a knee cut position. His opponent will turn into him, and Nick finds the space with his elbow to control the body as he cuts his knee through to pass the guard.


Inside the University 734 - X-Pass from Headquarters

Inside the University 734 - X-Pass from Headquarters

Add to Favorites 541 Remove From Favorites 8 days ago

Nick is in his headquarters position, keeping his base low while holding a collar and pants grip. In this scenario, his opponent is gripping either his collar or sleeve, and not addressing Nick's leg. Nick shifts his weight toward the side of the trapped leg, leans forward into his collar grip and kicks his leg back in the air to clear his opponent's legs. He punches his pant grip away as he brings his leg back down, establishing knee on belly. He still has control of both grips and his arms now form an X.

Inside the University 733 - Getting to Headquarters

Inside the University 733 - Getting to Headquarters

Add to Favorites 485 Remove From Favorites 9 days ago

There are many ways to get to headquarters, but in this case Nick is starting in his opponent's De La Riva guard. He first makes a collar grip and grabs the pants on the leg that is in his hip. Now he straightens his legs to pop the De La Riva hook off his leg, and at the same time kicks his other leg back to step over his opponent's leg, settling in a strong headquarters position.

Inside the University 702 - Passing the Guard if Your Opponent Doesn't Turn

Inside the University 702 - Passing the Guard if Your Opponent Doesn't Turn

Add to Favorites 440 Remove From Favorites 47 days ago

Sometimes while setting up the choke, your opponent will not turn into you, making it difficult to finish him. In this case, Victor opens his elbow, forcing his opponent's head to turn the other way, and then cuts his knee out of the half guard to side control.

Inside the University 701 - Cross Collar Choke Setup from Headquarters

Inside the University 701 - Cross Collar Choke Setup from Headquarters

Add to Favorites 535 Remove From Favorites 48 days ago

Now Victor Hugo is on top, in his opponent's open guard. He steps over the leg to headquarters position and inserts his knee to the hip, while controlling the cross collar grip. He finds a stable base here and his opponent will turn in to him, trying to stop him from passing. Victor uses his elbow to control the turn, and can pull him on his side more, sinking his cross grip in deep. Now he can grab the gi on the other side of the neck and finish a choke.

Inside the University 692 - Keeping Your Elbow and Knee Connected

Inside the University 692 - Keeping Your Elbow and Knee Connected

Add to Favorites 451 Remove From Favorites 59 days ago

Now Xande breaks down the key detail of keeping your elbow and knee connected as you bring your knee to the mat in a three quarter mount. Xande keeps his knee inside his elbow until he has stapled his knee to the mat. Only then does he remove his arm to go for the underhook.

Inside the University 691 - Passing Half Guard when Your Opponent Blocks Your Arm

Inside the University 691 - Passing Half Guard when Your Opponent Blocks Your Arm

Add to Favorites 524 Remove From Favorites 60 days ago

Now from inside the half guard, when Xande tries to get his arm under the head, his opponent frames and blocks his arm. Xande swims his arm to the inside and punches the opposite arm with the inside of his elbow as he switches his hips to face his opponent. From here he follows the same steps as before to free his knee and get to the mount.

Inside the University 689 - Keeping a Strong Base

Inside the University 689 - Keeping a Strong Base

Add to Favorites 533 Remove From Favorites 64 days ago

Xande discusses some details about keeping a strong base while standing up to pass the guard. When he gets into his combat stance, his knees are bent, his back is straight and his forearm is rested on his thigh. This gives him a strong base to work his passes and defend attacks.

Inside the University 688 - Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 688 - Opening the Closed Guard

Add to Favorites 562 Remove From Favorites 64 days ago

Starting in his opponent's closed guard, Xande first makes his grip either on the lapel, belt or pants, and stands up with his knees pointing in to help keep his base. He makes a point of putting a lot of pressure in his opponent's stomach, and his other hand reaches back to open the legs. As soon as the legs open, he shifts his weight back and is ready to pass.

Victor Hugo Series 3 - Single X-Guard Pass to Mount

Victor Hugo Series 3 - Single X-Guard Pass to Mount

Add to Favorites 457 Remove From Favorites 82 days ago

Once again from his opponent's single leg X-guard, Victor controls both legs, pulling the one on his hip and pushing the one hooking his thigh. When the hook is behind his knee, he turns his own knee in and windshield wipers his leg over the hook. Now he stretches the leg back away from him and drops his outside knee to the mat, placing himself in the three quarter mount. From here he can get his underhooks up high and free his leg to take the mount.

Victor Hugo Series 1 - Single Leg X-Guard Pass

Victor Hugo Series 1 - Single Leg X-Guard Pass

Add to Favorites 583 Remove From Favorites 85 days ago

In this series, 7X World Champion and one of the top current Brown Belt Competitors, Victor Hugo shows some of his favorite techniques. First, from his opponent's single leg X-guard, Victor keeps a low base with his knee turned to the inside. He breaks his opponent's grip on his sleeve and then peels the foot off his hip. Now he plants his hand on the mat, long steps his leg back and establishes side control.

Inside the University 672 - Dealing with the Reverse De La Riva Hook

Inside the University 672 - Dealing with the Reverse De La Riva Hook

Add to Favorites 470 Remove From Favorites 95 days ago

Now when Gustavo gets to his feet, his opponent sinks the reverse De La Riva hook in deep behind his butt. Gustavo shows two options to deal with this. First he can put his weight into the chest and raise his hips to give him space to windshield wiper the leg. His other option is to cut his knee and slide his shin across his opponent's shin to pass.