Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 2 - Sit Up Sweep to Kimura

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 2 - Sit Up Sweep to Kimura

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From the closed guard, Rafael opens and rests his leg on his opponent’s hip, and sits up, posting his other side hand on the mat. He reaches across over the shoulder, grabs the elbow and thrusts his hips up and in to sweep his opponent. Rafael lands in mount, and immediately grabs the wrist and locks the Kimura grip. He wipers his way to side control, where he switches his base and steps over the head to finish the Kimura.


Inside the University 339 - Muscle Sweep to Omoplata Sweep

Inside the University 339 - Muscle Sweep to Omoplata Sweep

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Breaking down his fight with Jackson Sousa, Xande is in the closed guard with a cross sleeve grip and his opponent stands up. Xande goes hard for the muscle sweep, but his opponent stays balanced for a few attempts before falling to his knee. Xande locks the omoplata, and his opponent defends by long stepping over his head. Xande uses the momentum to roll to the top, making sure to keep a grip on the pants to control his opponent as he fights to avoid the sweep. Eventually Xande settles in and controls the hips to keep his opponent down.

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 10 - Leg Pinch Sweep from Closed Guard

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 10 - Leg Pinch Sweep from Closed Guard

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Dominyka sets up the balloon sweep when her opponent stands up in her closed guard, but her opponent defends by stepping back and basing. Dominyka drops her legs and wraps them around her opponent's legs near the knee, and pinches them together. Now it's easy for her to choose a side and sweep her opponent.

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 9 - Balloon Sweep from Closed Guard

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 9 - Balloon Sweep from Closed Guard

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Dominyka is in her closed guard with both sleeves grips, and her opponent stands up. Dominyka opens her guard, pinches the waist with her shins and brings her knees together. Now she pulls her opponent forward with her legs and the sleeve grips, and when she is in the air, Dominyka pushes the sleeves and does a back roll, landing in the mount.

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 6 - Domoplata from Closed Guard

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 6 - Domoplata from Closed Guard

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Dominyka shows a shoulder lock she calls the Domoplata. Again, she sets up the Williams guard as shown before, and with her free hand, she grabs the far wrist and pushes it away, giving her the space to bring her foot in the biceps. Next, she squares her hips to her opponent and extends the foot in the biceps, and uses her other foot to hook behind the elbow. Now she posts her free foot on the mat and bumps her hips, to sweep her opponent. She reaches for the elbow and pulls with both grips to finish the shoulder lock.

Dominyka Obeylenyte 5 - Williams Guard Omoplata Finish

Dominyka Obeylenyte 5 - Williams Guard Omoplata Finish

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Having already set up her Williams guard omoplata position, Dominyka is ready to finish. First she pushes her opponent’s head away, and extends her own body to create the space to throw her leg over the head. Next, she posts her elbow on the mat and turns her body to get her foot on the mat, so she can lift her hips and pull her bottom leg out. Now she puts both feet on the mat, switches the collar grip to her other hand, and reaches over the back to grab her opponent’s wrist and pull the arm in to the body. Now she walks her feet to the S-position and raises her hips to finish the omoplata.

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 4 - Williams Guard Omoplata Setup

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 4 - Williams Guard Omoplata Setup

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From the closed guard, Dominyka breaks her opponent's posture and pulls her head down into her stomach. Her other hand pulls the arm, and she hips out and kicks her leg high into the armpit, and her arm comes undereath the leg to grab the back of the collar with her four fingers in. Now her Williams guard is setup.

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 3 - Breaking Posture in the Closed Guard

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 3 - Breaking Posture in the Closed Guard

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One of Dominyka’s favorite positions is the closed guard, and here she focuses on breaking her opponent’s posture so she can set up her attacks. Her first method is to cup the back of her opponent’s elbows and pull in with her arms and legs. Another option is to make a two on one grip on one hand, and drag it across while escaping her hips to open up back attacks. Finally, she can grab both hands to break the grips on her belt, raise them up and push them out as she pulls her opponent in with her legs to break her posture.

Inside the University 337 - Armbar from Closed Guard

Inside the University 337 - Armbar from Closed Guard

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Xande breaks down the submission he used in one of his recent fights, which is a basic armbar from closed guard. Xande first attempts a basic cross choke, while his opponent is pushing him away and keeping his arms straight. After escaping his hips and breaking his opponent's posture, Xande climbed his legs high, above the shoulder, trapping the arm. Now he just brings his leg over the head to finish the armbar.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 1 - Collar Drag to Single Leg

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 1 - Collar Drag to Single Leg

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In this series, Xande breaks down the key positions that happened in his fights on his way to Gold at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. In his first fight, he pulled guard and attempted a scissors sweep, but his opponent's base was strong, so he turned his hips back and went for an armbar. His opponent reacted by backing away, so still with the collar and sleeve grips, Xande tried to kick the knee and collar drag. To defend, his opponent stepped his inside knee up, so Xande used the momentum to sit up and switch from the drag to the single leg, coming up and finishing the sweep.

Takamasa Watanabe Series 11 - Back Take from Closed Guard

Takamasa Watanabe Series 11 - Back Take from Closed Guard

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From the closed guard, Takamasa pulls his legs in to break his opponent's posture, as he pushes his arm across his body using a sleeve grip. His other hand reaches over the back and grips the shoulder blade. Next, he escapes his hips so he is on the side of his opponent, not underneath. He extends his shoulder, posts his head on the mat, stretches his top leg and slides his bottom leg to make a hook. Now he posts his hand on the mat and climbs the back and makes the second hook.

Giva Santana Arm Collector Series 7 - Finishing the Armbar by Spinning Under the Legs

Giva Santana Arm Collector Series 7 - Finishing the Armbar by Spinning Under the Legs

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Giva has set up the armbar from the guard, and now he is going to finish another way. It is very important that he keeps constant heavy pressure on his opponent's head with his leg, and does not extend his legs. While controlling the arm, he reaches underneath to the far leg, and spins himself underneath his opponent. From here, he keeps the pressure from his legs and stretches his hips to finish the armbar.