Inside the University 702 - Passing the Guard if Your Opponent Doesn't Turn

Inside the University 702 - Passing the Guard if Your Opponent Doesn't Turn

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Sometimes while setting up the choke, your opponent will not turn into you, making it difficult to finish him. In this case, Victor opens his elbow, forcing his opponent's head to turn the other way, and then cuts his knee out of the half guard to side control.


Inside the University 692 - Keeping Your Elbow and Knee Connected

Inside the University 692 - Keeping Your Elbow and Knee Connected

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Now Xande breaks down the key detail of keeping your elbow and knee connected as you bring your knee to the mat in a three quarter mount. Xande keeps his knee inside his elbow until he has stapled his knee to the mat. Only then does he remove his arm to go for the underhook.

Inside the University 691 - Passing Half Guard when Your Opponent Blocks Your Arm

Inside the University 691 - Passing Half Guard when Your Opponent Blocks Your Arm

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Now from inside the half guard, when Xande tries to get his arm under the head, his opponent frames and blocks his arm. Xande swims his arm to the inside and punches the opposite arm with the inside of his elbow as he switches his hips to face his opponent. From here he follows the same steps as before to free his knee and get to the mount.

Inside the University 672 - Dealing with the Reverse De La Riva Hook

Inside the University 672 - Dealing with the Reverse De La Riva Hook

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Now when Gustavo gets to his feet, his opponent sinks the reverse De La Riva hook in deep behind his butt. Gustavo shows two options to deal with this. First he can put his weight into the chest and raise his hips to give him space to windshield wiper the leg. His other option is to cut his knee and slide his shin across his opponent's shin to pass.

Inside the University 671 - Half Guard Pass with Windshield Wiper

Inside the University 671 - Half Guard Pass with Windshield Wiper

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Gustavo stands up with his opponent playing knee shield, and looks for his first pass but his leg gets stuck. Now he steps his inside leg out past his opponent's hips, and steps his other leg in the same direction as he pulls the knee with him. He windshield wipers his leg to free it and pass the guard.

Inside the University 670 - Stay On Your Toes

Inside the University 670 - Stay On Your Toes

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Gustavo emphasizes the very important detail of staying on your toes when doing this passing drill. When he is on his toes, he can keep pressure on his opponent and also can move much faster and react better to his opponent's movements.

Inside the University 669 - Smashing the Half Guard to the Other Side

Inside the University 669 - Smashing the Half Guard to the Other Side

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Gustavo begins on his knees with his opponent framing on him from half guard. Gustavo places his hands on the hip and shoulder, and straightens his arms to push himself away. He comes up on his toes, and pushes the knee as he shuffles himself to the other side, turning his opponent as he goes. He finishes with his weight on his opponent and then repeats to the other side.

Inside the University 666 - Leg Weave Pass

Inside the University 666 - Leg Weave Pass

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To set up the leg weave pass, Xande weaves his arm under the knee shield and cups the thigh of the bottom leg. He drops his weight so he that the side of his head puts pressure down on the chest, and then gets up on his toes to drive in with more pressure. He grabs his opponent's arm at the sleeve and pulls it tight to his body. Now to pass his leg, he can either windshield wiper or knee cut.

Inside the University 665 - Keeping Your Hips Flat

Inside the University 665 - Keeping Your Hips Flat

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Xande points out a key detail of not angling your hip too much when in the over-under. While staying on his toes and keeping pressure with his shoulder, he turns his hips just enough so his thigh can block his opponent's leg. He does not want to turn so much that he eases his pressure or gets himself off balance.

Inside the University 663 - Over-Under Pass

Inside the University 663 - Over-Under Pass

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Xande's opponent is playing a knee shield guard and blocking his shoulder, so Xande's first step is to grip the belt and the pants. Xande pushes the knee in causing the reaction of his opponent to open his knee, giving Xande space to roll his arm to the inside with his shoulder inside the knee and he reaches under to grab the belt. After getting on his toes, he turns his head toward his hand and drops his shoulder on the stomach. From here he shows two options to pass by either stepping his leg over or windshield wiping his leg over.

Inside the University 657 - Knee Slice Pass Variation from Half Guard

Inside the University 657 - Knee Slice Pass Variation from Half Guard

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Now Gustavo Dias shows a guard pass he used on his way to double gold in Europe. From top in half guard, he reaches under the head and keeps heavy shoulder pressure on his opponent. He feeds the lapel to his hand to increase his control, and he grips the pants at the knee. While stretching the leg away from him, he frees his knee and raises his hips to turn and begin his knee slice pass. He keeps his head heavy across his opponent's body and frees his leg to establish side control.

Inside the University 655 - Back Step Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 655 - Back Step Half Guard Pass

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Continuing the lessons from the champions at the Europeans, Professor Frank shows his half guard pass he used to win the final. While on top and failing to mount, Frank pulls out his opponent's lapel and feeds it behind the neck, making a strong cross face grip as he sits back into half guard. He slides his free leg in to block his opponent's hip, and grips his opponent's pants at the knee. Now he leans back a little, baiting his opponent to unlock his legs and bridge, giving Frank the opening he needs to back step his leg and gain side control.