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 349 - Hook Sweep from Guard Pull

Inside the University 349 - Hook Sweep from Guard Pull

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Xande is standing up with his opponent and gets the classic collar and triceps grips. He pushes his opponent a little to get the push back reaction from him, and he uses the opportunity to step to the side of the collar grip and pull guard. As he pulls, he hooks his foot behind the knee to elevate his opponent, and his other foot scissors at the ankle to sweep him. The key to this position is making sure he steps aside to pull his guard at an angle, rather than straight on.

Mario Reis Guard Series 12 - Back Take from De La Riva X-Guard

Mario Reis Guard Series 12 - Back Take from De La Riva X-Guard

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From the De La Riva guard, Mario is the pants and the same side collar, and his free foot is hooking behind the far knee. He circles his De La Riva hook to the inside of the leg and hooks at her hip with his knee outside her knee. He pulls and uses his hooks to bring her to the side and force her to post her hands. Now he lets go of the collar and grabs her triceps, and when she attempts to stand back up, he lifts her off the mat with his hooks. He pushes her leg away, and attacks her back, immediately getting the seat belt grip, and opens her up to place his second hook.

Mario Reis Guard Series 11 - Armbar from De La Riva Guard

Mario Reis Guard Series 11 - Armbar from De La Riva Guard

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Mario has a cross collar and sleeve grip from the De La Riva guard, and his free foot is in his opponent's biceps, controlling the arm. He moves his foot from the biceps to the hip, sits up, and pulls his opponent up off her feet as he rocks back. Now he spins her toward the De La Riva hook, and as she is spinning, he releases the hook and throws it over her head, setting up the armbar as she lands on the mat perpendicular to him.

Mario Reis Guard Series 10 - Berimbolo to Back Take from Deep De La Riva X-Guard

Mario Reis Guard Series 10 - Berimbolo to Back Take from Deep De La Riva X-Guard

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Mario is playing open guard with his opponent standing, and her front leg is in between both of Mario's legs. While controlling the collar and ankle, he pulls her in with the help of his legs, and when she steps back, he arches on his shoulder and stretches his legs to sink the deep De Le Riva hook. His other foot goes behind the far knee to make an X-hook, and he makes a sleeve grip. Now he pulls her in and knocks her back to the mat, and rolls til he is on his other side. He grabs the pants and releases his deep De La Riva hook to set up his first back take hook. Now using his free leg, he forces his opponent to roll, exposing her back so he can get the second hook.

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 11 - Sweep to Counter the Weave Pass

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 11 - Sweep to Counter the Weave Pass

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Once again, Rafael's opponent is attempting the weave pass, so Rafael grips the wrist and pulls up to his chest. With his foot hooking on the hip, he straightens his other leg on the mat and digs his heel to generate leverage to turn his hips toward the trapped arm. He bends his knee and turns to sweep his opponent, and as he comes to side control, he releases the grip on the arm if he does not want to finish a biceps lock.

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 10 - Omoplata to Counter the Weave Pass

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 10 - Omoplata to Counter the Weave Pass

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Again, Rafael defends the weave pass by pushing the head and posting up on his hand and knee, but this time his opponent is stubborn about holding on to the single leg. Rafael reaches underneath to cup the elbow, and rolls over his shoulder, right into an omoplata. His preference is to stretch and squeeze his legs, and he reaches over the back before scooting his hips to break the posture. Now he is in position to finish the omoplata.

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 9 - Replacing Guard to counter the Weave Pass

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 9 - Replacing Guard to counter the Weave Pass

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Same as last techniqe, Rafael's opponent is trying the weave pass, so Rafael extends his body and pushes the head. This time, his opponent's head is too low for Rafael to kick his foot out, so instead he hooks it on the hip and uses his posted hand to stand up in base on his knee. Now he circles his knee and sits back to whatever guard he's comfortable with.

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 8 - Arm Drag to counter the Weave Pass

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 8 - Arm Drag to counter the Weave Pass

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Rafael is playing the knee shield guard, and his opponent has his arm through Rafael's legs and is working the weave pass. Rafael extends his body and pushes the head down. He kicks his leg forward and circles it around, opening up the arm to attack the arm drag. He drags his opponent and starts to climb to the back, immediately looking for his lapel grips.

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.