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 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.

Xande Webinar 6 - Dealing With the Half Guard (Portuguese)

Xande Webinar 6 - Dealing With the Half Guard (Portuguese)

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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.

Xande Webinar 3 - Killing the Knee Shield

Xande Webinar 3 - Killing the Knee Shield

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Answering a question on how to kill the knee shield, Xande first shows a simple drill where he posts his hand on the mat and brings his knee and connects it. The application for this is he grabs the lapel and posts on the ribs. Then he brings his knee in to set up a cross knee pass. Now he can drive his weight forward and slide his knee past the shield and connect to his hand.

Xande Webinar 3 - Killing the Knee Shield (Portuguese)

Xande Webinar 3 - Killing the Knee Shield (Portuguese)

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Answering a question on how to kill the knee shield, Xande first shows a simple drill where he posts his hand on the mat and brings his knee and connects it. The application for this is he grabs the lapel and posts on the ribs. Then he brings his knee in to set up a cross knee pass. Now he can drive his weight forward and slide his knee past the shield and connect to his hand.

Inside the University 912 - Defending the Sit Up Guard

Inside the University 912 - Defending the Sit Up Guard

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Moving on to another position where your opponent is controlling your leg, Gustavo shows some ways to defend the sit up guard. In this case, his opponent wraps up his leg and pulls him down, looking to sweep. First Gustavo must get a good base, which he does by making a strong collar grip and driving his knee into the chest. He has many options from here, but what he wants to work on now is pulling his opponent back to a seated position and then working to pass.

Inside the University 904 - Pressure Pass to Mount

Inside the University 904 - Pressure Pass to Mount

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Now when Xande goes for the over-under pass, his opponent blocks his shoulder and pushes Xande's under arm with his leg. Instead of fighting for the over-under, Xande brings his arm out and drops it to his opponent's side and puts very heavy pressure on his ribs. From here many things can happen, but Xande's number one move is to go for the mount.

Inside the University 903 - Over-Under Pass

Inside the University 903 - Over-Under Pass

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Moving on to the next guard pass, Xande teaches the over-under pass. For this, he needs to step over one leg and his arm on that side will go over the leg, while his other arm goes under the other leg. From here he stays on his toes with his hips tilted inward, and drives his weight into his opponent through his shoulders. After stepping out with his other leg, he stays tight and works to establish side control. This pass can be combined with the attempt for the double under pass also.

Inside the University 856 - Step Over Pass from Deep Half Guard

Inside the University 856 - Step Over Pass from Deep Half Guard

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Now when Victor's opponent gets the half guard, his first reaction is to pummel and get the underhook. Next he steps his leg over the head, ending up in a quarter guard position. From here, he can easily drop his upper body weight and slide his knee out of the quarter guard, and establish side control.

Inside the University 855 - Leg Drag Pass from Deep Half Guard

Inside the University 855 - Leg Drag Pass from Deep Half Guard

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When Victor rolls to take the back, sometimes he is not able to keep his leg as a hook, and loses his fight to get back control. In this case, he abandons his effort in taking the back, and instead comes to the top in a leg drag position.

Inside the University 814 - Back Stepping Out of Deep Half Guard

Inside the University 814 - Back Stepping Out of Deep Half Guard

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Going in to more detail about what happened in his fight, Gustavo shows how his opponent actually grabbed his sleeve while looking to sweep him from the deep half. To avoid this control, Gustavo was able to back step his top leg and bug the neck, forcing his opponent to abandon his grip. Now Gustavo can go to three quarter mount and continue his pass he's been showing.