Mastering the Knee Slice Series 4 - Low Cut Knee Slice against Knee Shield with High Forced Elbow

Mastering the Knee Slice Series 4 - Low Cut Knee Slice against Knee Shield with High Forced Elbow

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When trying to complete the knee slice pass, a common defense you may run into is when your opponent uses their knee to create a knee shield frame to control your hip and prevent you from passing their guard. In this case, we use a high forced elbow to keep your opponent flat and use a modified knee slice with a low cut to get around their legs to pass the guard.


Mastering the Knee Slice Series 3 - Knee Slice with Same Side Collar Grip

Mastering the Knee Slice Series 3 - Knee Slice with Same Side Collar Grip

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Xande teaches how to utilize the same side collar grip to manipulate your opponents hip and aid the knee slice pass. This grip can be used to change the angle of your opponents reverse de la Riva and set you up for the knee slice.

Mastering the Knee Slice Series 2 - Classic Knee Slice with Esgrima or Hip Grip

Mastering the Knee Slice Series 2 - Classic Knee Slice with Esgrima or Hip Grip

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To begin the series we first examine one of the most common forms of knee slice guard passes, the classic knee slice with either an esgrima (far side underhook) or with a hand plant on your opponent's hip. This guard pass is very versatile and can be adapted into use for both gi and no gi.

Breakdown of Saulo at 2014 Brasileiros Fight 1 Part 2 - Drilling Guard Pull Defense and Late Recovery from Reverse De la Riva Sweep to Modified Knee Cut Pass

Breakdown of Saulo at 2014 Brasileiros Fight 1 Part 2 - Drilling Guard Pull Defense and Late Recovery from Reverse De la Riva Sweep to Modified Knee Cut Pass

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Saulo sets up a drill for the class and goes into further detail on how to defend the guard pull as well as how to pull guard in order to recreate the scenario.

Breakdown of Saulo at 2014 Brasileiros Fight 1 Part 1 - Late Recovery from Reverse De la Riva Sweep to the Modified Knee Cut Pass

Breakdown of Saulo at 2014 Brasileiros Fight 1 Part 1 - Late Recovery from Reverse De la Riva Sweep to the Modified Knee Cut Pass

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Saulo goes into great detail and breaks down his first match from the 2014 Brasileiro where his opponent had managed to throw Saulo over his reverse de la riva guard to unbalance him in an attempt to finish with a single leg sweep. Saulo breaks down the possible options from this position and explains how to react in this situation to refrain from being swept and take control of the situation to pass your opponent's guard.

Inside the University 109 - Headquarters to Buttflop or Side Smash Pass

Inside the University 109 - Headquarters to Buttflop or Side Smash Pass

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In this lesson we tie the headquarters position to the buttflop or side smash pass. As Xande digs deeper into the mechanics of the position, he begins to reveal that based on your opponent's reaction we can always find an attack from the headquarters position.

Inside the University 108 - Headquarters to Shotgun Pass

Inside the University 108 - Headquarters to Shotgun Pass

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Xande breaks down the shotgun pass from the headquarters pass. We learn that the headquarters position is a good way neutralize the modern De la Riva guard game and review the mechanics of how to do the shotgun pass. The headquarters position is a good hub for defensive posture from which we can launch a number of attacks to pass the guard.

Inside the University 104 - Swan Pass or Belt Grip X Pass against Classic Open Guard

Inside the University 104 - Swan Pass or Belt Grip X Pass against Classic Open Guard

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Xande teaches a few ways to break the classic guard open guard when your opponent is controlling your posture by dominating your hips. The swan pass is similar in concept to a jumping x pass, jumping high enough to weaken the control on the hips and coming to the side at the same time to pass the guard. The seatbelt x pass is a great option when your opponent has both sleeves dominated in the classic open guard.

Inside the University 103 - X Pass with Side to Side Torreando Pass Combinations

Inside the University 103 - X Pass with Side to Side Torreando Pass Combinations

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Xande teaches a modified grip to the torreando (torreada) pass using the X pass grips with one grip on the same side collar and one grip on the inside of the knee. In this lesson we learn to go for the X pass and to transition to the torreando pass if your opponent defends against the X pass. We also learn to go from side to side with the torreando pass to continue your attack if your opponent continues to defend.

AD World Pro 2014 Breakdown 2 - Rodolfo Vieira's Knee Cross Pass Transitions vs Luiz Panza

AD World Pro 2014 Breakdown 2 - Rodolfo Vieira's Knee Cross Pass Transitions vs Luiz Panza

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In this lesson we break down Rodolfo's pressure passing with the knee cross or knee slice pass. Rodolfo was able to neutralize Panza's guard with good grips on his leg and threatened Panza multiple times by transitioning from the knee cross to the esgrima pass, buttflop pass, and transition into the mount. Rodolfo utilizes heavy pressure in his passing game and we learn how he chains some of his passes together to make his knee slice pass more deadly. You can watch the full fight on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLZB_DqI9ck

Inside the University 95 - Passing Knee Shield and Shoulder to Shoulder Side Control to North South Choke

Inside the University 95 - Passing Knee Shield and Shoulder to Shoulder Side Control to North South Choke

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Xande covers some details on passing the knee shield into the shoulder to shoulder side control and setting up the north south choke.

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 9 - Leg Squeeze Half Guard Pass

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 9 - Leg Squeeze Half Guard Pass

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Rico teaches how to shut down your opponent's half guard by using your hands to post on their armpit and shoulder to create distance and keep them from transitioning into the deep half. He then teaches how to break the half guard using the leg squeeze pass which is like a giant hug around both legs combined with a sprawl to force your opponent's legs open for the guard pass.