Inside the University 737 - Moving Your Hips Back and Forth

Inside the University 737 - Moving Your Hips Back and Forth

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Saulo breaks down the fundamental movement of the hips while recovering guard. After his bridge, while still on his side, he is using a back and forth motion to gain momentum, whether he goes to recover guard or turn belly down. If he recovers, his inside leg now becomes a frame against his opponent's body, and a new point of leverage to use.


Inside the University 736 - Recovering Guard

Inside the University 736 - Recovering Guard

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Saulo's opponent is passing his guard, so as soon as he gets around the legs, Saulo's first move is to turn on his side at his 45 degree angle, with both elbows attached to his body. His opponent drops his weight to put pressure, so Saulo bridges to create space. If he now has room to move his hips, he brings his legs in to recover guard.

Inside the University 718 - Finishing the Drag Based on Your Opponent's Reaction

Inside the University 718 - Finishing the Drag Based on Your Opponent's Reaction

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Now Xande breaks down several ways your opponent can react after you drag his arm across, whether it be a 2 on 1 sleeve drag, or him pulling it out to defend the armbar. Your opponent might bunker down, post his arm, post his leg, tuck his elbow in, etc. Xande shows several options to ether sweep or take the back based on his reaction.

Inside the University 700 - Knee Bar and Sweep from Open Guard

Inside the University 700 - Knee Bar and Sweep from Open Guard

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After winning double gold at the Pan Ams, Victor Hugo shows the class his favorite submission and sweep he used in the tournament. With his opponent on top in the headquarters position, Victor controls the cross collar and the near pant leg. He pulls him in with the collar and kicks his hook to off balance him. In the case that his opponent brings his outside knee between Victor's legs, he locks a triangle on the leg and finishes a knee bar. In the other scenario where his opponent tries to pressure with his inside knee, Victor swims his leg underneath and pushes away as he kicks his leg to stand up. Still with his collar and pants grip, Victor can easily finish a single leg takedown.

Inside the University 696 - Modified Scissors Sweep when Opponent is Standing

Inside the University 696 - Modified Scissors Sweep when Opponent is Standing

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Now Paplegua shows one of his favorite sweeps when his opponent stands up. Switching from a classic collar and sleeve guard, while on his side he grabs the pants with his arm under his leg, and his other foot goes between his opponent's leg. From here, Papalegua can push and pull to off balance his opponent, and eventually his opponent will try to pass toward the pants grip leg. As he shifts his weight in that direction, Papalegua releases the pants and grabs the triceps, then scissor kicks his legs to sweep his opponent. He lands on top, already in a great position to knee cut pass the guard.

Inside the University 685 - Triangle from Tornado Guard

Inside the University 685 - Triangle from Tornado Guard

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Starting off in a knee shield guard, Rene spins and inverts to a tornado guard, and his opponent begins to smash him. Rene frees his leg from between his opponent's legs and brings it under the armpit. Now he uses the same motion as the previous drill to spin and lock his triangle. One important note is to work on your flexibility if you wish to be proficient at the tornado guard in general.

Inside the University 684 - Inverting to Set Up the Triangle

Inside the University 684 - Inverting to Set Up the Triangle

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Now Rene shows a triangle set up he uses when his opponent steps over his head to a kind of standing north-south position. He throws his legs back, crossing them with one across the neck and the other under the armpit. Now he uses his legs to turn himself to his opponent and bites with his legs. Now he can adjust and finish the triangle.

Victor Hugo Series 8 - Sitting Up to Take the Back

Victor Hugo Series 8 - Sitting Up to Take the Back

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This time after setting up the chair sweep, his opponent steps over to the negative half guard and sits back to keep his weight heavy on the mat. Now instead of inverting, Victor kicks his leg forward to sit up. With his elbow posted on the mat, he escapes his hips to free his leg and slides his way to the back where he can establish control.

Victor Hugo Series 7 - Inverting to Take the Back

Victor Hugo Series 7 - Inverting to Take the Back

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Victor sets up his chair sweep again, and now his opponent steps over his head to negative half guard. While still gripping the belt, Victor kicks his outside leg back and inverts, inserting his leg with his shin on his opponent's ribs. Now he just kicks and like a berimbolo motion comes to the back and locks his seat belt grip.

Victor Hugo Series 6 - Back Take from X-Guard

Victor Hugo Series 6 - Back Take from X-Guard

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Going through the same sequence as before, Victor gets to the X-guard and brings his opponent's leg over his head. However, instead of standing up, this time his opponent stays down on his knee. Victor moves his arm that is grabbing the belt from inside the thigh to the back and uses his elbow to push his opponent away. He slides his knee behind the leg and hooks the thigh with both his feet. Next he extends his lower hook, forcing his opponent to sit, and locks his seat belt grip. From here he throws both of his hooks in place to establish back control.

Victor Hugo Series 5 - X-Guard Sweep to Leg Drag

Victor Hugo Series 5 - X-Guard Sweep to Leg Drag

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Using the same setup as before, Victor goes to the chair sweep and then spins to establish the X-guard. This time his opponent keeps more pressure and doesn't allow Victor to push him away for the sweep. Now Victor pulls the top leg over his head and grabs the belt, trapping the leg with his arm. His opponent stands up to prevent Victor from going to his back, but now he can easily knock him backward and come to the top in a perfect leg drag position.

Victor Hugo Series 4 - Chair Sweep Setup to X-Guard Sweep

Victor Hugo Series 4 - Chair Sweep Setup to X-Guard Sweep

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From an open guard with a collar and pants grip, Victor hooks his inside foot behind the thigh and pulls his opponent to make him step forward. Next he extends his leg and then bumps behind his opponent's other leg, forcing him to base on the mat and giving Victor the opportunity to swim his arm between the legs and get a deep half guard. He lets go of his pants grip and grabs under the leg to a chair sweep position, causing his opponent to lean forward to defend the sweep. Now he blocks the hips with his arm, spins to face his opponent while sliding his knee in between them. Here he has the leverage to place his X-guard hooks and push his opponent away so he can stand up and finish the sweep, ready to pass the guard.