Inside the University 360 - Back Step Pass

Inside the University 360 - Back Step Pass

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Again from the crab stance, Xande pins his opponent's leg to the mat and swims his other arm under the leg to put on the pressure, looking for the traditional pass. His opponent blocks his hip on the passing side, so Xande pushes his knee through to pin the open leg with his shin, using his foot to hook the thigh. Next he controls the head with his arm, and releases his grip on the collar as he back steps his leg out of the guard, keeping control of both legs still. Now he pushes off his foot to keep pressure on his opponent, so he can release his hook and establish side control.


Inside the University 359 - Traditional Guard Pass

Inside the University 359 - Traditional Guard Pass

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Xande teaches the first pass of this series, which is also his favorite pass. From the crab stance, Xande picks a side and changes his scoop hand to push down on the thigh, and as the leg goes to the mat, he swims his other hand under the other leg. He makes a grip on the collar with his palm facing down. The common reaction by his opponent is to attack his inside arm and look for the triangle, so Xande drives his weight forward and starts walking toward the other side. When Xande gets perpendicular to his opponent, he drops his hips to push the leg aside, and establishes side control.

Inside the University 358 - Setting Up the Crab Stance to Pass

Inside the University 358 - Setting Up the Crab Stance to Pass

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To begin this lesson on passing the guard, Xande teaches the basics of the crab stance. He begins by placing both hands on his opponent's stomach, standing up and pushing the knee to open the guard. Once the guard is open, Xande widens his stance so his knees are behind his opponent's knees, and he squats to find his base. His elbows are on the outside of his own knees, and his hands cup his opponent's thighs. Now from this crab stance, when his opponent moves, Xande moves with him, always keeping these points of connection in tact.

Mario Reis Guard Series 15 - Driving Toreando Passing Drill

Mario Reis Guard Series 15 - Driving Toreando Passing Drill

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This time, Mario's opponent stays on her back with both feet up, and Mario wants to pass without engaging her guard. Keeping his distance, Mario slaps his hands on one shin and one knee, and very quickly turns his opponent like a steering wheel. He emphasizes the touch and go aspect of this drill, and does it over and over at a quick pace.

Mario Reis Guard Series 14 - Knee Slice Passing Drill

Mario Reis Guard Series 14 - Knee Slice Passing Drill

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Mario first shows a variation of the previous drill, where he spins his opponent and passes to north-south. Next he shows a knee slice drill, again when his opponent sits up to play guard. Mario grabs the back of her gi and her knee, and steps his leg inside her legs. He pushes her down to the mat, and slides his knee across her thigh to pass the guard. Again, he immediately gets up and repeats the drill at a fast pace.

Mario Reis Guard Series 13 - Toreando Guard Passing Drill

Mario Reis Guard Series 13 - Toreando Guard Passing Drill

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To start off the class, Mario teaches a variation of the toreando guard pass to warm up with. His opponent sits in attempt to establish a guard, so Mario immediately blocks her hip with his hand, keeping his elbow inside her leg. His other goes on top of her other knee. Keeping his legs away from her, he pushes her knee to the side, causing her to spin, and he lowers his weight to gain side control. He gets up and repeats to make this a fast and dynamic warm up drill.

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 10 - Armbar Counter to the Hitchhiker Escape

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 10 - Armbar Counter to the Hitchhiker Escape

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Bruno starts with the armbar secured, but his opponent tries to escape using the common hitchhiker escape. When his opponent turns, Bruno places his foot on the hip and his shin across the neck, with his knee pointed down. He pushes off the hip to get on his shoulder and bring his leg over the head. He continues to roll, forcing his opponent to roll as well, ending up in position to finish the armbar again.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 5 - Foot Lock while Passing the Guard

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 5 - Foot Lock while Passing the Guard

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Now Masakazu is passing the guard toreando style, and his opponent reacts by bringing his foot up to Masakazu's hip. He grabs the foot as he would a guillotine, with his forearm under the achilles tendon, and his hand on his own stomach. He turns outside to face the leg he's attacking, and his far knee puts pressure on the thigh while finishes. He can finish standing up, or he can sit down with his hips tight against the thigh. He can also turn to the outside to help finish faster.

Inside the University 341 - Butterfly Guard Pass

Inside the University 341 - Butterfly Guard Pass

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Now breaking down his final, Xande's opponent has the butterfly guard with an overhook and sleeve grip. Xande keeps his elbow close to the hip, and breaks his hips to kill the bottom leg. His opponent frames and replaces the knee shield, meanwhile, Xande makes a grip on the sleeve and weaves his arm through the legs. Now he raises his hips high and knee cuts to side control.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 10 - Transitioning Between Smash Pass and Toreando

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 10 - Transitioning Between Smash Pass and Toreando

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Xande discusses how insisting on passing the guard one way can really hinder a fight, and slow things down like it did in his final match. He emphasizes the importance of being able to change your pass at any point when your opponent defends. Here, Xande shows some variations he uses to transition between smashing and using the toreando.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 9 - Changing Sides when Passing Butterfly Guard

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 9 - Changing Sides when Passing Butterfly Guard

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Xande continues from the same butterfly guard sweep attempt by his opponent, but now focuses on changing his passing side. After Xande steps back to the negative side, his opponent released his tight overhook to grab the belt. Xande drops his head to the chest, reaches his arm up the back, and drives forward. As his opponent is falling back, Xande switches his hips and shuffles to the other side with his underhook grabbing the back. When his opponent tries to use his hook, Xande breaks his hips to clear it, and can now work to pass or force the half guard.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 8 - Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent has Overhook

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 8 - Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent has Overhook

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Xande now shows a butterfly guard pass that he attempted in his fight, but his opponent defended, causing Xande to change his plan and force the half guard as he previously showed. His opponent has the overhook, wrapping his arm up tight, and sits up to sweep Xande. First, Xande turns his arm down to control the hip, his drops down to the belly and his other arm blocks the shin. Now he puts pressure on his opponent, back steps his leg free from the hook, and walks to side control.