Inside the University 943 - Hook Sweep when Opponent Backs Away from Your Classic Guard

Inside the University 943 - Hook Sweep when Opponent Backs Away from Your Classic Guard

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Saulo begins this lesson by setting up his collar and sleeve classic guard. In the first variation, his opponent backs away from him, and Saulo sits up to plant both feet on the mat with his elbow inside his knee. Now he can pull his opponent in and roll to the side on his shoulder to get the hook sweep.


Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 6 - Transitions from Side Butterfly Guard

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 6 - Transitions from Side Butterfly Guard

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Now Rafael goes over some common reactions your opponent will have when you establish side butterfly guard, and gives options to counter them. He goes over a triangle, sweep and some general principles of how to connect the side butterfly to other positions in your game.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 5 - Side Butterfly Guard Sweep

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 5 - Side Butterfly Guard Sweep

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Sometimes while playing the 2-on-1 sleeve grip, Rafael's opponent will drop to his knees to feel more comfortable. This is the time for Rafael to insert his butterfly hooks and drag the arm so he can get to a side butterfly guard. When his opponent drives back into him, Rafael can use the momentum to hook sweep and establish a strong top position.

Inside the University 765 - Butterfly Guard to Single Leg Trap

Inside the University 765 - Butterfly Guard to Single Leg Trap

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This time when Xande gets to his butterfly guard, his opponent keeps his weight on the side of Xande's hook. Now Xande steps his bottom leg underneath his opponent, pushes him away and brings his foot to the hip, setting up his single leg trap. He has many options from here, but one he shows is the technical stand up sweep.

Inside the University 764 - Butterfly Guard Hook Sweep

Inside the University 764 - Butterfly Guard Hook Sweep

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Now when Xande does his butterfly lift and lands in his butterfly guard, his opponent is keeping his weight toward the side of Xande's pant grip. This is the side Xande will sweep him to now, so he lets go of the pants and grabs the elbow and pulls it in tight. Now he can roll to the side and use his hook to sweep his opponent, and right away look to knee cut pass the guard.

Inside the University 763 - Butterfly Get Up Sweep

Inside the University 763 - Butterfly Get Up Sweep

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After setting up his butterfly guard, Xande has a few sweeps he likes based on how his opponent reacts. In this first situation, his opponent postures up, so Xande goes for the get up sweep. With his head in the chest, he gets to his knee and drives his opponent down to the side of his underhook, looking to establish side control as he finishes the sweep.

Inside the University 762 - Butterfly Lift Drill

Inside the University 762 - Butterfly Lift Drill

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Showing how he sets up his butterfly guard, Xande first teaches the butterfly lift drill. With both hooks in place, he pulls himself close to his opponent and gets his hips underneath as lays back and lifts him up with his hooks. He reaches one arm behind the back and his other hand grabs the pants. He stretches his legs and puts his opponent back on the mat, then brings his leg on the pants grip side to him. He keeps his head in the chest and here he is set up to attack from his butterfly guard.

Inside the University 717 - Reverse Hook Sweep from the Arm Drag

Inside the University 717 - Reverse Hook Sweep from the Arm Drag

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From his butterfly guard, Xande gets to his side and attacks the reverse armbar as previously shown. His opponent defends and slides his arm out, so as soon as Xande realizes he won't finish the arm lock, he reaches across to grab the arm and pulls it across his body. Now he can reach over the back for the belt. From here he grabs the posting arm at the elbow and uses his hooks to switch his hips to the other side, where he can sweep his opponent toward the trapped arm.

Inside the University 716 - Active Drill for Reaching the Belt

Inside the University 716 - Active Drill for Reaching the Belt

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Xande puts together a drill for students to practice reaching over the back and grabbing the belt. With his opponent giving some light resistance, he pulls himself underneath, stretches him out and reaches for the belt. Once he has the belt, his opponent will stop resisting and allow him to practice the sweep.

Inside the University 715 - Setting Up the Half Sit Position

Inside the University 715 - Setting Up the Half Sit Position

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Starting from his knees, Xande grabs both lapels and sits to his butterfly guard one hook at a time. He pulls himself in to try the butterfly lift, but his opponent keeps his weight back and doesn't let Xande lift him. Now Xande extends his legs to kick his opponent away, and folds one leg in, settling in the half sit position. From here he can attempt his sweeps as shown before.

Inside the University 714 - Butterfly Lift Drill

Inside the University 714 - Butterfly Lift Drill

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Before continuing on the butterfly guard lessons, Xande begins class with a drill to practice lifting and sweeping your opponent. He grabs both sleeves under the triceps and pulls his hips in to his opponent, before rolling back and lifting him off the mat. As he lowers him back down, he extends his legs to create the space again. Now builds his jack lever and rolls to his shoulder, turning the wheel to sweep his opponent.

Inside the University 713 - Hook Sweep with Whizzer

Inside the University 713 - Hook Sweep with Whizzer

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In the case that his opponent's belt has fallen off, or even in a no gi situation, instead of reaching over the back, Xande uses a whizzer or arm wrap to trap his opponent's arm and keep it tight to his body. With the whizzer, he can still look for his same butterfly sweeps and arm locks. Also showing the defense to the whizzer, if Xande is stuck on top, he turns his thumb down to give him the angle to pull his arm out.