Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 5 - Sweep and Pass to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 5 - Sweep and Pass to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

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Rafael's opponent manages to finish the sit up sweep this time, but Rafael immediately pushes of the hip and shrimps to create space. He swims his arm under the ankle and brings the leg to him with the help of his own knee, and at the same time he grabs the pants on the other leg. From here, he puts his outside foot on the hip and extends his legs to sweep his opponent back, landing with one of his opponent's legs pinned on the mat and the other on his shoulder. He traps the hips by bringing his outside knee up, and controls his opponent with double lapel grips. From here, he shows a couple options to pass the guard.


Inside the University 332 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Inside the University 332 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

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Breaking down another fight, Xande's opponent is playing half guard with the knee shield, and the classic collar and sleeve grips. Xande first whizzers the leg, and after attempting a weave pass, he swam his hand inside and made a collar grip on his opponent. Now he grabs the pants with his other hand and puts some pressure down. His opponent reacts by pushing back, giving Xande the opportunity to stand up, push the leg inside and jump to the other side. His opponent reacts by trying to turn back into him, so Xande makes a cross face and maintains side control.

Inside the University 328 - Half Guard Shin Cut Pass

Inside the University 328 - Half Guard Shin Cut Pass

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Xande breaks down his guard pass from a fight that his opponent pulled half guard. Once his opponent pulls, Xande immediately places his hand on the chest and extends his arm to keep a lot of pressure on him. His other hand makes a grip on the sleeve, and he steps himself back so he can knee cut across his opponent's shin. It's important that he gets low enough and points his knee back, rather than doing a traditional knee cut across the thigh. Once he breaks through the legs, he drops his weight on his opponent's hips, and works his way to side control.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 5 - Half Guard Pass to Mount Variation 2

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 5 - Half Guard Pass to Mount Variation 2

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After attempting the previously shown half guard pass to mount, Xande now shows the variation he was able to use against his opponent. From the quarter guard with the cross collar grip, Xande's opponent bumped him and turned on his side to defend. Xande used his knee on the stomach to keep pressure, swam his arm in for the underhook, and his knee now dropped to the mat in a knee cut position. However, Xande was looking for the mount, so he made the cross face grip, turned his hip in and slid his knee back across the stomach. Now he forces his knee down and opens his elbow to control his opponent's arm. Using his free foot, he blocks the leg and helps free his other foot to mount his opponent.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 4 - Half Guard Pass to Mount Variation 1

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 4 - Half Guard Pass to Mount Variation 1

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In his second fight, Xande was able to establish the half guard, and decided it would be best to pass straight to the mount. Here he shows the position he tried to use. As he turns his hips to his opponent, he feels him pushing, and uses the opportunity to free his knee. Xande tries to go straight to the mount, but his opponent turns away and blocks the knee, so Xande grabs the cross collar grip and threatens the choke. Now he has the position to pull the elbow and slide his knee to the mount.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 3 - Finishing the Kimura from Deep Half Guard

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 3 - Finishing the Kimura from Deep Half Guard

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Continuing where the last position left off, Xande is on top in the deep half guard, and has the arm trapped, ready to attack the Kimura. Xande keeps the arm hugged tight to his body, and he leans back to create the space to slide his other arm underneath. Now he switches his hands, grabs his opponent's wrist, and then his own, locking the Kimura grip. His opponent is now defending by holding his hands tight together, so Xande shows two options to break his grip and finish. First, he kicks his leg straight as he pulls the arm back hard with his body, breaking the grip. Another option is to lower his head to the mat, roll over his shoulder, and finish with his leg on top of the head, where he can easily break the grip and finish.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 2 - Kimura Setup from Deep Half Guard

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 2 - Kimura Setup from Deep Half Guard

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During his first fight, Xande's opponent put him in his deep half guard. Xande's first step is to get the underhook and sprawl, putting the weight from his hips on the face. Now he walks his foot til his leg is on the other side of the head. From here, he sits back on the head and opens the arm with his underhook to set up the kimura.

Inside the University 323 - Dead Knee Variation Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 323 - Dead Knee Variation Half Guard Pass

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Saulo stands up in the half guard as he did previously, with one hand gripping the pants and the other putting pressure on the chest. With an emphasis on keeping his knee loose while still locked in the half guard, Saulo shifts his weight to the far side, and then shoves the leg back inside while passing to the far side. It's important that his knee and shin are putting his weight on his opponent's shin for this pass.

Inside the University 322 - Grip Control and Leverage while Passing the Half Guard

Inside the University 322 - Grip Control and Leverage while Passing the Half Guard

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Saulo breaks down some details on the previous half guard pass. He stresses the importance of putting weight on the collar grip to keep his opponent flat, and pushing the pants grip while shaking his leg free. His focus on this pass is to stay loose and pass to whichever side opens up to him.

Inside the University 321 - Half Guard Pass without the Underhook

Inside the University 321 - Half Guard Pass without the Underhook

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Saulo is in his opponent's half guard, and being blocked from getting the underhook, so he drops down and stays heavy on the hips. He grips the pants at the knee and stretches his arm, steps forward with his inside leg, and grabs his opponent's collar to pressure him down before standing up. Now he uses his pants grip to shake his opponent's leg, giving him the space to free his own leg, and pass the guard.

Inside the University 320 - Reverse Half Guard Pass with Back Step then Mount

Inside the University 320 - Reverse Half Guard Pass with Back Step then Mount

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Xande sets up the reverse half guard pass, and his opponent is staying on his side, so Xande keeps scooting his hips up under the armpit. When he has the space, he steps his leg back to pass to side control. Now he traps his opponent's arm tight against his head, and slides his knee across to take the mount.

Inside the University 319 - Reverse Half Guard Pass to Mount

Inside the University 319 - Reverse Half Guard Pass to Mount

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After establishing the reverse half guard, Xande shifts his body so his armpit trapping his opponent's triceps. He drives his knee across the body to the mat and begins moving to the mount. His arm shifts to underneath his opponent's head, still smashing the triceps. Many times his opponent will let the trapped foot slide out at this point, but if not, Xande windshield wipers his other leg to help free his foot and mount.