Inside the University 662 - Hook Sweep to Under Guard Sweep

Inside the University 662 - Hook Sweep to Under Guard Sweep

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Xande goes for his hook sweep, but his opponent defends by posting his leg out. Xande reaches his arm all the way under the leg and uses his foot on the mat and his hook to pull himself underneath, forcing his opponent to base himself. Xande lets go of the belt to push the chest and hugs the leg with his shoulder. Now he straightens his leg to stretch his opponent away and post on his hand, giving him the space he needs to do a technical stand up and finish the sweep.


Inside the University 661 - Reverse Armbar from Butterfly Guard with Double Underhooks

Inside the University 661 - Reverse Armbar from Butterfly Guard with Double Underhooks

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First off, Xande shows a few different grips, and why the wrist to wrist grip is the strongest, and his preferred grip for this armbar. From the butterfly guard, he uses the same setup from the last technique to establish his double underhooks. He tries to stretch him out but this time his opponent stays heavy and posts his hands on the mat. Xande swims under the arm and catches his wrist to wrist grip at the triceps. From here he flares his elbow up and brings the arm to his neck, while stretching his legs. Now he has the space and leverage to squeeze and finish the reverse armbar.

Inside the University 660 - Inserting Your Underhook

Inside the University 660 - Inserting Your Underhook

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In this scenario, Xande's opponent is staying low and tight, and not allowing him to get his underhook. Xande makes a grip on the back of the gi on the opposite side he wants his underhook. Next he stretches his leg on the other side, opening up the space he needs to insert his underhook. He squares his body back to the center and gets his second underhook. Now he can stretch both his legs to push his opponent back, then sit up and set himself up for the sweep.

Inside the University 659 - Staying Connected While Sweeping

Inside the University 659 - Staying Connected While Sweeping

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Xande touches on a few key details about staying connected, first off with your forehead. While setting up his sweep, he keeps his forehead connected to his opponent's body. While coming up to the top after sweeping, he keeps his forehead connected to the ground, which allows him the leverage he needs to get up. Another important detail is that his hook stays connected while sweeping, rather than trying to kick his opponent up and off his hook, which will not work against a resisting opponent.

Inside the University 658 - Butterfly Guard Hook Sweep

Inside the University 658 - Butterfly Guard Hook Sweep

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With his opponent on his knees, Xande sets up his butterfly guard with an underhook and his head on the opposite side of the body, always staying connected. Depending on whether his opponent posts his hand on the mat or on Xande's knee, Xande grabs the triceps or the wrist, and traps the arm to his body. Now he rolls to the side, staying tight with his hook and pushing off the mat with his free foot. Using the momentum, he comes to the top already in position to pass the guard.

Inside the University 656 - Triangle from Butterfly Guard

Inside the University 656 - Triangle from Butterfly Guard

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Victor Hugo shows the triangle setup he used to finish his final fight. After pulling guard, he tries for a hook sweep, but his opponent keeps a heavy base and posts on Victor's knee. Victor grabs the wrist and pushes it in, and brings his bottom foot to the thigh and his top leg over the shoulder as he would for an omoplata. His opponent reacts by posturing up, so Victor throws his legs up and locks his feet to set up his triangle. Now he can bring the arm across and adjust the triangle to submit.

Inside the University 627 - Pushing Off Your Bottom Leg

Inside the University 627 - Pushing Off Your Bottom Leg

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Answering a student's question, Travis explains how his power to sweep comes from pushing off his bottom leg, not by kicking with his hook leg. If he tries to sweep by kicking, he can push his opponent away from him and give him momentum to hop to the side and easily pass his guard.

Inside the University 626 - Hook Sweep when Opponent Flattens You

Inside the University 626 - Hook Sweep when Opponent Flattens You

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Now while in butterfly guard, Travis' opponent stays really tight and flattens him on his book, closing any space he needs to sweep him. With his overhook belt grip in place, Travis bridges his hips up, creating leverage by driving his shins into the thighs. From here he drops his hips back down fast and has created space for him to stretch his legs and push his opponent back. Now he can escape his hips and finish the hook sweep as he did before.

Inside the University 625 - Shifting the Base

Inside the University 625 - Shifting the Base

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Travis points out a key detail on making sure he stretches his hook leg and keeps it strong, in order to keep his opponent from being too mobile. If done correctly, his opponent should almost be in a sprawl position, and unable to move much in any direction. If need be, he can always post on his hand and escape his hips to reposition himself.

Inside the University 624 - Hook Sweep Using Overhook Grip

Inside the University 624 - Hook Sweep Using Overhook Grip

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From butterfly guard, Travis has an overhook on his opponent and grips the belt while reaching over the back. He closes his elbow tight to keep his opponent locked down. His foot hooks the inside of the same side thigh and he stretches his shin to keep some distance. He grabs the free arm to stop his opponent from posting, and now uses momentum to pull him in and roll on his shoulder, sweeping his opponent and establishing top position.

Inside the University 596 - Knee Shield to X-Guard Transition

Inside the University 596 - Knee Shield to X-Guard Transition

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Guest Instructor Daniel Campos begins in a knee shield guard position with his opponent putting pressure on his knee shield. Daniel opens his knee to the side, creating space and the angle for him to swim his other knee behind his opponent's knee for the first X-guard hook. He grabs the pants and closes his elbow to keep the leg trapped. Next he moves his knee shield to hook behind the far thigh, creating his second X-guard hook, stretches his legs and sits up into his X-guard.

Inside the University 505 - Setting Up Attacks after Pulling Guard

Inside the University 505 - Setting Up Attacks after Pulling Guard

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Now Saulo steps to the side and pulls guard, immediately setting up his classic guard collar and sleeve grips. He turns to his side and pinches with his knees, places his foot in the hip and posts his hand to sit himself up into an attacking position. From here he has many attacks depending on how his opponent reacts. The three he shows now are the collar drag, loop choke and butterfly sweep.