Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 7 - Arm Drag to the Back from Knee Shield Guard

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 7 - Arm Drag to the Back from Knee Shield Guard

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From closed guard, Rafael gets the collar and sleeve grips, and places his knee shield with his other foot on the hip. When his opponent grabs his wrist to break the collar grip, Rafael lets go and grabs the cross sleeve grip. At the same time, he drops his knee shield foot to the knee and his other leg to the mat, before pushing the knee and pulling the arm across. Now he can sit up and attack the back.


Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 4 - Back Take and Choke to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 4 - Back Take and Choke to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

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Again, Rafael's opponent goes for the sit up sweep, but this time Rafael pushes the knee with his free hand, and steps over his opponent's leg. He drops his knee down behind the back, as his other knee comes up, making his first hook. Immediately, Rafael looks to control the lapel, and folds it to get a better grip for the choke. Now he can finish with one of a few choking variations he shows.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 13 - Omoplata Sweep to Armbar

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 13 - Omoplata Sweep to Armbar

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From the omoplata, Masakazu's opponent postures up, not allowing him to reach over the back. Instead, he swims his arm underneath the body to wrap it around his torso. He rolls to the side, landing on top from the omoplata sweep. Now he grabs the elbow, places his hand on the mat, and steps back, placing his leg across the face and sitting back right into the armbar.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 11 - Knee On Belly Escape to Heel Hook

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 11 - Knee On Belly Escape to Heel Hook

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Masakazu's opponent has knee on belly, so he brings his knee behind the leg and grabs it with his arm, also behind the leg. He bumps him to the side, landing with the leg next to him, in perfect to position to grab the foot and finish the heel hook. He also shows a variation where he comes to the top and passes right away.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 7 - Takedown to Heel Hook

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 7 - Takedown to Heel Hook

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From behind, Masakazu wraps his arms around the waist, and steps his leg between his opponent's legs. He falls to the mat and turns, using his leg to sweep his opponent back in the 50/50 guard, as he slides his arm down the leg and traps the foot. Using his arm, he torques the heel to finish the submission.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 1 - Imanari Roll

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 1 - Imanari Roll

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In this series, Masakazu Imanari shows his famous Imanari Roll, and many other leg locks he uses in grappling and MMA. He starts off with a drill to practice the Imanari Roll. From a seated guard, with one leg between his legs, he reaches to the far leg, inverts and spins to the other leg, much like the kiss of the dragon. As he spins, his active leg wraps around his opponent's leg and his foot hooks behind the butt. Pinching the leg with both his legs, Imanari sweeps his opponent backward, landing with the foot in his side, ready to be finished with a heel hook.

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 5 - Butterfly Sweep to Back Take

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 5 - Butterfly Sweep to Back Take

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Again, Robson goes for the basic butterfly sweep, but his opponent bases, so Robson needs another option. He brings his free foot below his hook, and makes an X on his opponent's knee. He brings his underhook up as high as possible to force his opponent's posted arm past his head. Now he stretches out his legs and moves his body under his opponent's armpit, landing on the back. Here, he throws his top hook over the body, makes a grip on the lapel, and rolls through, taking the back. He brings his other leg over the shoulder to finish the choke. Note that Robson never lets go of the sleeve grip.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 7 - Forcing Half Guard from Butterfly Guard

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 7 - Forcing Half Guard from Butterfly Guard

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In his final fight, Xande faced an opponent with a good butterfly guard, so he knew that he wanted to force the half guard. First, he grips the pants and gets the underhook, and when his opponent tries to lift him with the butterfly hook, he keeps his hand on the back rather than posting on the mat. While he is lifted off the mat, he breaks his hip, turning it to the outside and freeing his leg from the butterfly hook. At this point, his opponent locked the half guard. Xande reacted by opening his opponent's arm that was controlling his own arm, bringing his knee to the hip, and flattening him out to force the half guard.

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 15 - Sweep when Opponent Steps to the Negative Side

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 15 - Sweep when Opponent Steps to the Negative Side

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Eduardo has the Rocha House with both lapel grips, and this time his opponent steps back to the negative side. Eduardo keeps his legs squeezing the leg as he swings them away and brings his arm underneath. Now he turns back in and grabs the lapel as he comes to the top. Another variation is to reach his top leg across and hook behind the far knee. Now he punches the lapel as he escapes his hips and elevates his hook. This gives him the space to come on top to finish the sweep and set up a knee cut pass.

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 14 - Single Leg when Opponent Tries to Back Away

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 14 - Single Leg when Opponent Tries to Back Away

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Eduardo has the Rocha House set up with both grips pulling the lapel, but now his opponent reacts by trying to back away. Eduardo drops both his hooks and makes an S-position with his legs. He posts his hand on the mat and drives his head into the hips as he stands up grabbing the single leg. He grabs the heel and pulls his opponent in before sweeping the other foot to finish the takedown.

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 13 - Sit Up to Single Leg

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 13 - Sit Up to Single Leg

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From the Rocha House position with both grips on the lapel, Eduardo wants to dive his head under for the previous sweep, but his opponent drops his knee on him first. Eduardo kicks him forward with his leg to make him step a little, turns to his side and bumps again with his other leg. Now he has room to grab the leg and stand up for the single leg takedown.

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 12 - Sweep when Opponent Stands Up

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 12 - Sweep when Opponent Stands Up

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Eduardo sets up the Rocha House with the collar grip between the legs, but now his opponent stands up right away. Eduardo grabs the collar with his other hand, and uses both grips to pull and break the posture. He dives his head inside, using his leg to bump his opponent forward. Now he grabs the far leg, and swings both of his legs back the other direction to finish the sweep.