Inside the University 368 - Taking the Back from Turtle

Inside the University 368 - Taking the Back from Turtle

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Continuing from the sweep in his last lesson, Gustavo starts with grips on both pants and his opponent on all fours. He moves to the right side and reaches underneath and across to grab the lapel. He pulls up on his pants grip and drops his weight down with his shoulder to flatten his opponent. His opponent reacts by pushing himself back up, which gives Gustavo the space to jump over the back to the other side, sink in his hook, and continue rolling til he is on the back.


Inside the University 366 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Inside the University 366 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

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Gustavo continues his lesson on passing the knee shield guard, Gustavo has switched the side he is on and is looking to finish the pass. Gustavo's knee is behind his opponent's thighs and his weight on top of his the legs. His opponent frames at Gustavo's neck, so makes a same side grip on the collar, and feeds to his other hand, threatening the choke. Now he uses the leverage to keep his weight on him, and pass to the original side and establish side control.

Inside the University 365 - Changing Sides to Pass the Knee Shield Guard

Inside the University 365 - Changing Sides to Pass the Knee Shield Guard

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Guest Instructor and World Silver Medalist, Gustavo Dias, discusses his experience competing in Russia, and shows some of the positions he used at the tournament. His first opponent had pulled him to half guard, and was playing guard with a knee shield. Gustavo uses his hand to block his opponent's hip and forced his weight on him, causing his opponent to push back. Gustavo uses this opportunity to get up on his toes, and run around to the other side, forcing the legs down in the opposite direction. Now he can put his weight on his opponent and get head control before working to pass the guard.

Leticia Ribeiro Series 9 - Clock Choke Variation from Turtle

Leticia Ribeiro Series 9 - Clock Choke Variation from Turtle

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With her opponent in turtle, Leticia reaches over her back and makes a grip on the cross lapel, keeping her elbow tight the hip. She shifts her weight and pulls her opponent to her, before grabbing the near arm to block her from posting. Now Leticia reaches to make a choking grip on the collar and reestablishes a good grip on the cross lapel. She drops her weight forward, placing her hip on top of the shoulder and her head to the mat. She can finish the clock choke here, but she prefers to jump over to the other side, forcing her opponent to roll with her, and she finishes the choke while on her opponent's back.

Leticia Ribeiro Series 7 - Knee Slice Pass

Leticia Ribeiro Series 7 - Knee Slice Pass

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Leticia's opponent is on her back playing an open guard, so Leticia lowers her level, grabs the pants at the inside of the knee and places her hand on the other hip. She drops her level even more, keeping her elbow connected to her body and her hip, not allowing her opponent to place the knee shield. She slides her hand from the hip to underhook the arm, as her other hand slides over the other arm and grabs the triceps. Now she drops her shoulder and places her head on the side of her opponent's head. From here, she pulls both elbows and slides her knee until her leg is free from the guard. To finish the pass, she connects her hip to her opponent's hip, walks the legs back and establishes side control.

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.