Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 5 - Preventing the Pass with the Diamond Concept

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 5 - Preventing the Pass with the Diamond Concept

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After getting swept by Roger, Xande finds himself in a knee shield guard with Roger looking to apply pressure up top and pass the guard. Xande explains how he was able to successfully use his diamond concept to not only prevent the pass, but get to his knees and get the bigger man's weight off of him.


Xande Webinar 8 - Question from Rodrigo Cavaca (Portuguese)

Xande Webinar 8 - Question from Rodrigo Cavaca (Portuguese)

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Co-leader of Zenith BJJ and former coach of Marcus Buchecha, Rodrigo Cavaca tunes in to the webinar and asks Xande a question about his 2-on-1 arm control position.

Xande Webinar 7 - Using 2-on-1 Arm Control

Xande Webinar 7 - Using 2-on-1 Arm Control

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Now Xande answers some questions on how he uses the 2-on-1 arm control with a grip on the sleeve and the triceps. While playing guard with this type of control, he has many variations of attacks, but in this video he focuses on using it to set up a butterfly guard and attack from there.

Xande's Classic Guard 14 - Omoplata

Xande's Classic Guard 14 - Omoplata

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Now Xande shows the omoplata from the classic guard. The big key for him to switch his hips to the right position comes from using his pedal on his opponent's hip. He also uses his archer pose to open up his opponent's side, making it easy to throw his leg over for the omoplata.

Xande's Classic Guard 13 - Transitioning to Side Closed Guard

Xande's Classic Guard 13 - Transitioning to Side Closed Guard

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Now Xande shows some movement drills to set up his hip switch, which is very similar to the forward hip escape that many people drill. This is the main movement he uses to get from the classic guard to the side closed guard. The perfect opportunity for Xande to make the transition is when his opponent doesn't fall for the cross choke setup.

Xande's Classic Guard 12 - Guard Retention when Your Opponent Stands Up

Xande's Classic Guard 12 - Guard Retention when Your Opponent Stands Up

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When Xande's opponent stands up to pass his classic guard, the principles of guard retention remain the same. He makes sure to not be lazy with his sleeve grip and keep his archer pose. He can use his flare to break a pants grip and even go to foot in the biceps. If his opponent steps to the side, he snake bites and pedals to regain his guard. He also likes to stretch his collar grip arm and use his iron fist to keep his opponent at a distance.

Xande's Classic Guard 11 - Triangle Choke

Xande's Classic Guard 11 - Triangle Choke

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Xande shows two triangle setups from the classic guard to choose from that will each benefit different body types. A key point he makes is to block his opponent's free arm to stop him from throwing the leg down like an old school pass.

Xande's Classic Guard 10 - Drill to Activate Your Archer Pose

Xande's Classic Guard 10 - Drill to Activate Your Archer Pose

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Xande explains how he uses the scissors sweep to set up many attacks, but sometimes when his opponent steps over the leg, he looks away and doesn't give Xande the choke right away. This is when Xande looks to activate his archer pose. He uses the snake bite as he did before, and stretches his body away, or becomes elegant, so he is in a good position to set up other attacks.

Xande's Classic Guard 9 - Cross Collar Choke

Xande's Classic Guard 9 - Cross Collar Choke

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From his classic guard, maybe when he goes for the scissors sweep, Xande's opponent steps over his leg so Xande immediately snake bites the trapped leg. At the same time, he catches his opponent's chin with his wrist making the collar grip. From here he can make his other collar grip and finish the choke, which is a better option for him than trying to get back to a closed guard to finish.

Xande's Classic Guard 8 - Scissors Sweep

Xande's Classic Guard 8 - Scissors Sweep

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Xande shows his favorite sweep from the classic guard, his scissors sweep. If he starts in closed guard with his grips already, he places his feet on the ground and escapes his hips to get on his side with his shin across the belly and his other foot by the knee. By using the archer pose, he can pull his opponent's weight toward him and easily sweep his legs when he uses the scissors motion.

Xande's Classic Guard 7 - Using the Archer Pose

Xande's Classic Guard 7 - Using the Archer Pose

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Now diving more into the classic guard, Xande has the collar and sleeve grip and shows how he uses the archer pose. The archer pose is when he extends his body and pulls the sleeve grip up high, leaving his hands in a position as if he's pulling the string back on a bow, hence the archer pose. This pose will weaken his opponent's base and give Xande the leverage he needs to throw his attacks.

Xande's Classic Guard 6 - Defending Passing Combinations

Xande's Classic Guard 6 - Defending Passing Combinations

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Xande covers how to put all his defensive concepts together when his opponent is combining the bullfighter and cross knee passes. One detail he must be cautious of is to make sure he gets his knee in front of him and at the right angle before his opponent closes the distance.