Inside the University 979 - Passing a High Knee Shield

Inside the University 979 - Passing a High Knee Shield

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This time Gustavo's opponent is playing a high knee shield guard with his knee up at Gustavo's chest, making it difficult to smash as he did before. In this case he puts his knee through the legs, controls the belt and brings his hips up high so can bend down and get his torso over the knee. Now he looks to smash and finish his pass by bringing his knee through.


Inside the University 978 - Controlling the Upper Body While Passing

Inside the University 978 - Controlling the Upper Body While Passing

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Now Professor Gustavo shows a couple ways how he can use his free hand to control the upper body while he is passing the knee shield. One way is to make a collar grip and pull his opponent in so his torso is curled and he can't stretch himself away from you. Another way is to grab his opponent's wrist and pin it to the mat.

Inside the University 977 - Knee Cutting Through the Knee Shield

Inside the University 977 - Knee Cutting Through the Knee Shield

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In this lesson Professor Gustavo goes over some half guard passing, beginning with his opponent playing the knee shield. His first objective is to put pressure on his opponent and smash his legs together. He controls the belt with a tight elbow to the body and drives his head underneath the chine. With his weight on his toes, he looks to drive his knee through and work his knee cut pass.

Inside the University 976 - Half Guard Q&A

Inside the University 976 - Half Guard Q&A

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Nick wraps up class with a Q&A session where he answers any questions his students have about all the techniques taught during this lesson.

Inside the University 975 - Passing the Knee Shield Guard

Inside the University 975 - Passing the Knee Shield Guard

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Now Professor Nick goes over his knee shield guard pass. His first step is to smash his opponent's knees together by dropping the weight of his chest on them. Now he hooks the top foot with his arm and pins it against against the butt by grabbing the belt. From here Nick gets on his toes and works his way over to side control, always keeping his weight heavy.

Inside the University 973 - Half Guard Pass when Your Opponent Has the Underhook

Inside the University 973 - Half Guard Pass when Your Opponent Has the Underhook

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In this scenario, Nick's opponent is in half guard and is on his side with a good underhook. Instead of trying to battle for the pummel, Nick slides his outside arm between his opponent's arm and body, and switches his hips to flatten him with his side. Now he grabs his opponent's pants at the knee and can start working to free his leg and pass.

Inside the University 972 - Knee Cut Pass from Half Guard

Inside the University 972 - Knee Cut Pass from Half Guard

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Professor Nick Schrock begins this half guard lesson with a basic knee cut pass. His first objective is to flatten his opponent, establish head and underhook control with a Gable grip and apply heavy pressure with his shoulder. He uses his free leg to hook his opponent's leg and help free his knee from the half guard, until he is able to cut it to the outside and work his guard pass.

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 4 - Half Guard Strategy on Top

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 4 - Half Guard Strategy on Top

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In the fight with Roger, Xande got swept from the half guard, but now he goes over some different strategies he could have used to maintain his position on top and pass the guard.

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 3 - Cross Face VS Nearside Underhook from Half Guard

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 3 - Cross Face VS Nearside Underhook from Half Guard

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Having taken Roger down and establishing half guard, Xande discusses using the cross face vs. the nearside underhook against Roger, or someone taller and bigger than him in general. In many cases, the cross face would be preferred, but because of Roger's size, he was able to sweep Xande even while cross faced. Xande shows how could have used the nearside underhook to his advantage in this situation.

Xande's Esgrima Series 7 - High Esgrima Against Frame

Xande's Esgrima Series 7 - High Esgrima Against Frame

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Xande is passing with the esgrima, but his opponent is doing a good job using his frame to keep Xande at bay. This is when Xande drives his weight forward to get a high esgrima and neutralize his opponent's frame. Now he has much more leverage to pass the guard.

Xande's Esgrima Series 3 - Passing when Opponent Closes the Half Guard

Xande's Esgrima Series 3 - Passing when Opponent Closes the Half Guard

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This time when Xande looks to break his hip to smash the butterfly guard, his opponent is able to trap his leg and lock up the half guard. The first thing Xande must do is move his body forward, because if he is too low, his opponent will recover. He pushes his opponent's head with the back of his own head, and gets on his toes to lift his butt in the air to a tripod position. Now he can bring his knee forward and begin to knee cut pass.

Xande Webinar 6 - Dealing With the Half Guard

Xande Webinar 6 - Dealing With the Half Guard

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Now Xande gives some key details of how he deals with his opponent's half guard. Generally he wants to be chest to chest. When his opponent scoots away, Xande uses his crab walk to follow, which is his term for stepping with his knees to stay connected. As he is able to flatten his opponent on his back, he looks to take the mount.