Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 5 - Preventing the Pass with the Diamond Concept

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 5 - Preventing the Pass with the Diamond Concept

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After getting swept by Roger, Xande finds himself in a knee shield guard with Roger looking to apply pressure up top and pass the guard. Xande explains how he was able to successfully use his diamond concept to not only prevent the pass, but get to his knees and get the bigger man's weight off of him.


Inside the University 905 - Staying Connected to the Ribs

Inside the University 905 - Staying Connected to the Ribs

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When using the pressure pass, Xande stresses the importance of staying connected to his opponent's ribs with his arm. Depending on his opponent's reaction and his own preference, Xande has many options to set up his pass from here, and his next point of control will be shoulder pressure.

Inside the University 891 - Recovering Guard from the Superhold

Inside the University 891 - Recovering Guard from the Superhold

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Now Xande goes over how he uses these movement principles to recover his guard when his opponent has a superhold grip on him. First he bumps to create space so he can insert his shield, which he uses to push off and extend his body so he can insert his frame. Next he likes to bring in his pedal and look to recover guard or go right into setting up some attacks.

Inside the University 853 - Getting to Deep Half Guard when Mounted

Inside the University 853 - Getting to Deep Half Guard when Mounted

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This lesson begins with Professor Victor Hugo showing how to get to deep half guard when your opponent has you mounted. After getting to his survival position on his side, Victor bridges and pushes the knee to trap the leg. Next he swims his arm under the leg and swivels his hips to get his body under the leg and into deep half guard.

Inside the University 822 - Half Guard Sweep when Opponent has One Arm Under the Leg

Inside the University 822 - Half Guard Sweep when Opponent has One Arm Under the Leg

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Now Rene is in half guard and his opponent is under one of his legs, similar to an over-under pass. Rene makes a grip on the triceps and quickly switches his hips to face the other direction, sweeping his opponent in the process.

Inside the University 779 - Details of a Proper Underhook

Inside the University 779 - Details of a Proper Underhook

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To wrap up the lesson, Gustavo shows a couple details on getting a good underhook. Instead of just reaching all the way across the back, he makes sure his shoulder is in his opponent's chest and he is hugging tight with his underhook. This will give him the leverage he needs to work his positions.

Inside the University 777 - Back Roll Half Guard Sweep

Inside the University 777 - Back Roll Half Guard Sweep

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Using the half guard lift, Gustavo raises his opponent off the mat and gets underneath him. Now he pulls the collar down and pushes it away as he looks toward his right shoulder and does a back roll, ending up on top in his opponent's half guard, where he has many options.

Inside the University 776 - Half Guard Lift

Inside the University 776 - Half Guard Lift

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Now with knee shield across the belly, and has a collar and wrist grip, Professor Gustavo plants his top foot on his bottom foot for leverage. He pushes into his opponent to cause a reaction before using his hips to pull him up and on top of him, where he holds him up like a table. From here he will show different options.

Inside the University 775 - Creating Space from the Half Guard

Inside the University 775 - Creating Space from the Half Guard

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To start off class, Professor Gustavo shows how to create space and get your opponent's weight off you when he is flattening you in the half guard. First he hooks the trapped leg tight with his calf and he hugs the back of the head. He bridges hard and drives the head away with his arm, then immediately escapes his hips and places his knee shield. Now he can set up his frames against the arm and get to a comfortable half guard position.

Inside the University 693 - Recovering from Half Guard

Inside the University 693 - Recovering from Half Guard

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Now Xande shows how to approach the previous half guard passes if you are on bottom. His first detail is to never stay flat on your back. He immediately turns to his side and brings his elbow in. As his opponent reaches the arm over and turns his base, Xande pushes with his elbow frame, and escapes his hips. Sometimes he can take the back and sometimes he will just recover his guard.

Inside the University 687 - Super Hold Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 687 - Super Hold Half Guard Pass

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Showing his strongest position, from inside the half guard, Xande makes his super hold grip with his palm under the head facing down and the palm under the armpit facing up. He windshield wipers his outside leg so that his toes are in his opponent's calf, stapling the leg down. With his chin on top of his hand, he gets up on his toes and brings his knee of his trapped leg up high. From here he can work toward the mount or cut it to outside to knee slide pass.

Inside the University 668 - Hannette Staack - Half Guard Sweep

Inside the University 668 - Hannette Staack - Half Guard Sweep

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Starting from the same set up with the lapel already in her underhook hand, Hannette feels that Xande is blocking her from going to the back, so she reaches in and grabs his sleeve with her free hand. She tucks her elbows in and changes her legs so her outside foot is now hooking the inside of Xande's leg. Using her other foot planted on the mat, she shifts her hips underneath Xande several times until she is on the other side and he is completely off balance. Now she can easily roll and sweep Xande, keeping her head tight to his chest and she comes to the top.