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.

Inside the University 712 - Butterfly Base Foot Hop

Inside the University 712 - Butterfly Base Foot Hop

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Xande sets up his over the belt hook sweep, and gets to the half sit position. His opponent knows the sweep is coming and posts his hand and foot to keep his base. Xande sweeps the arm from underneath and pulls it to his body. Now he moves step by step, forcing his opponent to hop until he has the leverage to sweep him.

Inside the University 711 - Butterfly Hook Sweep with Over Belt Grip

Inside the University 711 - Butterfly Hook Sweep with Over Belt Grip

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Now Xande is in his butterfly guard and his opponent is staying tight, pinching Xande's legs with his elbows. Xande reaches over and across the back to grab the belt, and his other hand grabs the knee. He gets on his elbow to the half sit position, and begins to build his jack. He clamps down his elbow on the back to keep his opponent close, and as he keeps raising, he can easily sweep his opponent.

Inside the University 710 - When to Release Your Hook

Inside the University 710 - When to Release Your Hook

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Answering a question on whether or not it's OK to release your hook when applying the armbar, Xande shows why he prefers to keep the hook in. It allows him to keep his opponent at bay if he tries to pressure Xande down. However, if he stands up and tries to back out, Xande releases the hook and places both feet on the hips, and can still finish the armbar.

Inside the University 709 - Greco Grip and Tight Grip

Inside the University 709 - Greco Grip and Tight Grip

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Further explaining how to grip the arm when finishing the armbar, Xande shows two variations. The first is what he calls the Greco grip, where each hand grabs the other forearm. The second he calls the tight grip, where one hand grabs his biceps and the other the outside of his elbow. He also shows how to turn the position into an arm drag if your opponent slides his arm free.

Inside the University 708 - Reverse Armbar from Butterfly Guard

Inside the University 708 - Reverse Armbar from Butterfly Guard

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Now Xande pulls himself underneath his opponent from butterfly guard, and lifts him off the ground. When his opponent posts his arms on the mat to keep his base, Xande kicks out the hook on the opposite side of the arm he wants to attack. With his opponent stretched out, he traps the arm between his head and shoulder, and clamps down to finish the reverse armbar. If he is unable to finish, he has other options such as sweeping or taking the back.

Inside the University 707 - Butterfly Lift

Inside the University 707 - Butterfly Lift

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Xande first discusses how to gauge your distance and find the correct positioning to play your butterfly guard. When lifting his opponent, his elbow goes up as he turns the wheel, and his knee follows behind. As soon as he lifts his hip off the mat, his head touches the mat and stays until he finishes the sweep.

Inside the University 706 - Butterfly Hook Jack Lever Drill

Inside the University 706 - Butterfly Hook Jack Lever Drill

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Before showing the details of the butterfly hook sweep, Xande first goes over his jack lever / turning the wheel drill. From his butterfly guard, he grabs both sleeves by the triceps and tucks one foot in behind his hook foot. He turns the wheel with the sleeves and falls down to his shoulder. As he goes, he lifts his jack, which is his hook foot, raising his opponent off the mat. As he completes his roll to the side, he sweeps his opponent and establishes top position.

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.