Inside the University 850 - Standing Up in the Closed Guard

Inside the University 850 - Standing Up in the Closed Guard

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Before moving on to the next technique, Professor Rene goes over how to stand up in your opponent's closed guard. He makes a sleeve and collar grip, and presses both grips down on his opponent's torso. He steps his foot on the same side of the sleeve grip first, and the other foot second. As he stands, he makes sure he has good tall posture, and establishes a strong base before pushing the knee to open the guard.


Inside the University 838 - Mounting when Your Opponent Is on His Side

Inside the University 838 - Mounting when Your Opponent Is on His Side

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Victor shows how it is easier for him to mount his opponent if he can get him flat on his back, but in the case he goes all the way to his side, his strategy changes a little. With his knee between the legs, he controls the near elbow and drops his head on the near side of his opponent's head. Now he can slide his legs to mount his opponent.

Inside the University 837 - Side Smash Pass to Mount

Inside the University 837 - Side Smash Pass to Mount

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This time when Victor gets to his guard passing angle, his opponent places his knee shield and pushes him away. Victor walks to the other side, flattening his opponent by keeping his hips heavy. Now he can step over the leg and establish mount.

Inside the University 836 - Creating the Angle to Pass the Guard

Inside the University 836 - Creating the Angle to Pass the Guard

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To begin the lesson, Professor Victor Hugo shows a drill to get in a good position to pass the guard. He places one hand on the knee and the other on the hip, and pushes the knee down as steps around to that side. Now at a 45 degree angle, his shin goes across the thigh and his forearm stays inside the other thigh to keep his opponent from making a shield.

Inside the University 821 - No Grips Guard Passing Drill

Inside the University 821 - No Grips Guard Passing Drill

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To start off class, Professor Rene has the students do a guard passing drill where they do not make any grips on the pants. Instead, they can grab the shins and focus on their footwork to get around the legs. The person on bottom works on their guard recovery, also not making grips.

Inside the University 819 - Leg Drag to Bow and Arrow Choke

Inside the University 819 - Leg Drag to Bow and Arrow Choke

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Now after Victor does the leg drag, he looks to take the back, first by gripping the pants or belt at the back and forcing his opponent onto his side. He feeds the top lapel to his choking hand and throws his hook over the body into place. Now he can sit back and grab the pants to finish the bow and arrow choke.

Inside the University 818 - Leg Drag Drill

Inside the University 818 - Leg Drag Drill

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Professor Victor Hugo shows a leg drag passing drill he uses when his opponent is playing De La Riva guard and grabbing his pants. Victor first turns his knee outside to break the hook, and then grabs the other leg at the knee and heel to pull it across his body. He finishes by grabbing the collar and keeping the leg pinched to his body.

Inside the University 817 - Side to Side Passing and Taking the Back Drill

Inside the University 817 - Side to Side Passing and Taking the Back Drill

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Continuing from the previous side to side passing drill, after Tyrone jumps back to the original side, he now looks to take the back. Using his head and shoulder, he pushes to raise his opponent's hips off the mat, creating space to slide his first hook in. Now he can throw the second hook over and establish back control.

Inside the University 816 - Side to Side Passing Drill

Inside the University 816 - Side to Side Passing Drill

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Now Tyrone shows a favorite passing drill of his. He begins with a leg drag and his opponent reacts by bringing his other leg over. Now Tyrone traps the legs and knee slides through to the other side. When his opponent escapes his hips, Tyrone hops back to the other side to get on the back.

Inside the University 814 - Back Stepping Out of Deep Half Guard

Inside the University 814 - Back Stepping Out of Deep Half Guard

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Going in to more detail about what happened in his fight, Gustavo shows how his opponent actually grabbed his sleeve while looking to sweep him from the deep half. To avoid this control, Gustavo was able to back step his top leg and bug the neck, forcing his opponent to abandon his grip. Now Gustavo can go to three quarter mount and continue his pass he's been showing.

Inside the University 813 - Deep Half Guard Pass with an Underhook

Inside the University 813 - Deep Half Guard Pass with an Underhook

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Using the same setup as the previous technique, Gustavo transitions to the three quarter mount like position while his opponent is in deep half guard. Now he reaches his arm to get the underhook and makes a grip on the belt, which he can use to pull and make himself heavier. When he steps his leg over the head to pass, he already has the underhook and can establish a good side control.

Inside the University 812 - Deep Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 812 - Deep Half Guard Pass

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Now Gustavo's opponent has him in the deep half guard, so Gustavo gets a good base. When his opponent tries to sweep him backward, Gustavo leans forward, and when his opponent tries to come back, Gustavo transitions to a three-quarter mount. From here he looks to bring his other leg over the head, putting him in a position he can easily pass the guard.