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

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

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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

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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

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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.

Inside the University 671 - Half Guard Pass with Windshield Wiper

Inside the University 671 - Half Guard Pass with Windshield Wiper

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Gustavo stands up with his opponent playing knee shield, and looks for his first pass but his leg gets stuck. Now he steps his inside leg out past his opponent's hips, and steps his other leg in the same direction as he pulls the knee with him. He windshield wipers his leg to free it and pass the guard.

Inside the University 670 - Stay On Your Toes

Inside the University 670 - Stay On Your Toes

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Gustavo emphasizes the very important detail of staying on your toes when doing this passing drill. When he is on his toes, he can keep pressure on his opponent and also can move much faster and react better to his opponent's movements.

Inside the University 669 - Smashing the Half Guard to the Other Side

Inside the University 669 - Smashing the Half Guard to the Other Side

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Gustavo begins on his knees with his opponent framing on him from half guard. Gustavo places his hands on the hip and shoulder, and straightens his arms to push himself away. He comes up on his toes, and pushes the knee as he shuffles himself to the other side, turning his opponent as he goes. He finishes with his weight on his opponent and then repeats to the other side.

Inside the University 666 - Leg Weave Pass

Inside the University 666 - Leg Weave Pass

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To set up the leg weave pass, Xande weaves his arm under the knee shield and cups the thigh of the bottom leg. He drops his weight so he that the side of his head puts pressure down on the chest, and then gets up on his toes to drive in with more pressure. He grabs his opponent's arm at the sleeve and pulls it tight to his body. Now to pass his leg, he can either windshield wiper or knee cut.

Inside the University 665 - Keeping Your Hips Flat

Inside the University 665 - Keeping Your Hips Flat

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Xande points out a key detail of not angling your hip too much when in the over-under. While staying on his toes and keeping pressure with his shoulder, he turns his hips just enough so his thigh can block his opponent's leg. He does not want to turn so much that he eases his pressure or gets himself off balance.

Inside the University 664 - Over-Under Pass from Combat Base

Inside the University 664 - Over-Under Pass from Combat Base

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Now starting on his feet from the combat base, Xande holds one knee and grabs the pants at the inside of the other knee before stepping to that side. As his opponent turns and looks to block Xande, he lowers his level, brings his elbow inside, shrugs his shoulder to his head and dives in with his head hitting the thigh. He reaches under to grab the belt and drops his shoulder and head into position. After establishing his over-under position, he can pass either way that he's shown.

Inside the University 663 - Over-Under Pass

Inside the University 663 - Over-Under Pass

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Xande's opponent is playing a knee shield guard and blocking his shoulder, so Xande's first step is to grip the belt and the pants. Xande pushes the knee in causing the reaction of his opponent to open his knee, giving Xande space to roll his arm to the inside with his shoulder inside the knee and he reaches under to grab the belt. After getting on his toes, he turns his head toward his hand and drops his shoulder on the stomach. From here he shows two options to pass by either stepping his leg over or windshield wiping his leg over.

Inside the University 657 - Knee Slice Pass Variation from Half Guard

Inside the University 657 - Knee Slice Pass Variation from Half Guard

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Now Gustavo Dias shows a guard pass he used on his way to double gold in Europe. From top in half guard, he reaches under the head and keeps heavy shoulder pressure on his opponent. He feeds the lapel to his hand to increase his control, and he grips the pants at the knee. While stretching the leg away from him, he frees his knee and raises his hips to turn and begin his knee slice pass. He keeps his head heavy across his opponent's body and frees his leg to establish side control.

Inside the University 655 - Back Step Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 655 - Back Step Half Guard Pass

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Continuing the lessons from the champions at the Europeans, Professor Frank shows his half guard pass he used to win the final. While on top and failing to mount, Frank pulls out his opponent's lapel and feeds it behind the neck, making a strong cross face grip as he sits back into half guard. He slides his free leg in to block his opponent's hip, and grips his opponent's pants at the knee. Now he leans back a little, baiting his opponent to unlock his legs and bridge, giving Frank the opening he needs to back step his leg and gain side control.