Inside the University 62 - Modified Headquarters to Side Smash Pass

Inside the University 62 - Modified Headquarters to Side Smash Pass

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In this lesson Xande explains how to set up and pass your opponent's guard with the side smash pass from the modified grip headquarters position. This is an important guard pass to counter the de la riva grip and also a good pass to force a reaction from your opponent to open up opportunities to transition into other passes from the HQ position.


Inside the University 61 - Modified Headquarters to Buttflop or Shotgun Pass

Inside the University 61 - Modified Headquarters to Buttflop or Shotgun Pass

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Xande teaches how to control your opponent in the modified headquarters position and pass the guard using the buttflop or shotgun pass. The modified grips for the HQ position involve using one hand to grip the cross collar or the armpit and the other hand on the pants rather than the traditional HQ approach of grabbing the jacket lapels with both hands.

Inside the University 58 - Defending the Torreada Pass

Inside the University 58 - Defending the Torreada Pass

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Xande teaches two basic ways to defend against the torreando (torreada) pass as seen in the Jiu Jitsu University book.

JJU 27-06 Butterfly Level Change Pass

JJU 27-06 Butterfly Level Change Pass

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In this butterfly pass we create distance between our opponent's hooks and our hips by changing levels. The hooks become weak from the distance created and we take the moment of opportunity to clear the legs straight into side control.

JJU 27-05 Butterfly Hand Plant Pass

JJU 27-05 Butterfly Hand Plant Pass

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Saulo teaches a simple but effective way to pass your opponent's guard pass by planting your hand and using it as a block to nullify one of your opponent's hook and applying pressure while cutting to the side at an angle to pass their guard.

JJU 27-04 Butterfly Leg Wrap Pass

JJU 27-04 Butterfly Leg Wrap Pass

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Saulo teaches the butterfly leg wrap pass. In this pass we establish a grip on our opponent's pants and use our shoulder to smash the butterfly hooks to the side. Using good pressure is essential to keeping your opponent's butterfly hooks flat and smashing our opponent's knees to the ground will greatly increase the odds of passing their guard.

JJU 27-03 Wallid Ismael Butterfly Pass Variation

JJU 27-03 Wallid Ismael Butterfly Pass Variation

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In this lesson we learn how to pass the butterfly guard using the Wallid Ismael butterfly pass variation. This variation uses a quick sprawl and heavy pressure to quickly flatten and pass around your opponent's hook. Having multiple options in passing your opponent's butterfly guard will help to frustrate their defense.

JJU 27-02 Flat Butterfly Walk Around Pass

JJU 27-02 Flat Butterfly Walk Around Pass

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Saulo teaches a classic way to pass the flattened butterfly guard using hip and shoulder pressure to pin your opponent's legs and walking around their legs to establish the pass. Pressure is key to this guard pass. Our hands merely act as a brace and an accessory to prevent your opponent from following your movement with their legs.

JJU 34-0 to 34-2 Passing X-Guard with the Break and Pass

JJU 34-0 to 34-2 Passing X-Guard with the Break and Pass

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Xande teaches a way to break and pass the x-guard. In this pass we pivot of our hips to break our opponent's control with his hooks and pass the x guard.

Xande's Modern Guard Killer 12 - Passing Quarter Guard with Wheel Pass

Xande's Modern Guard Killer 12 - Passing Quarter Guard with Wheel Pass

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Xande explains another way to pass the quarter guard off of a failed attempt to force the half guard by transitioning into the wheel pass instead.

Xande's Modern Guard Killer 11 - Passing Quarter Guard with Forced Half Guard, Shin to Shin Knee Cross Pass, or Shin to Shin Backdoor Pass

Xande's Modern Guard Killer 11 - Passing Quarter Guard with Forced Half Guard, Shin to Shin Knee Cross Pass, or Shin to Shin Backdoor Pass

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Xande teaches how to deal with the knee shield or quarter guard by forcing half guard or using a shin to shin low knee cut to pass to your opponent's front or back side. When dealing with the quarter guard or knee shield, it's best to maintain side to side mobility when trying to pass the guard.

Xande's Modern Guard Killer 10 - Modified Headquarters to Opposite Side Half Guard Passes

Xande's Modern Guard Killer 10 - Modified Headquarters to Opposite Side Half Guard Passes

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Forcing half guard to progress your passing game is a good option from the headquarters position if your opponent has a good modern guard game. By closing the distance and applying pressure, you can transition into one of many different half guard passes that will force your opponent to play your game. By forcing half guard we can disarm our opponent's modern guard, which often relies on creating space to move the hips, and work our pressure passes.