Inside the University 522 - Open Guard Passing Drill

Inside the University 522 - Open Guard Passing Drill

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Saulo's opponent is on his back with both feet up in the open guard, so Saulo steps in with his lead leg landing on his opponent's shin. He squats down and pushes forward a bit, causing his opponent to react by pushing back out. Saulo uses his opponent's momentum to throw the legs aside as he steps to the other side, ready to pass. Then he repeats the drill, changing sides.


Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 3 - Knee Cut Pass with Cross Collar Grip

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 3 - Knee Cut Pass with Cross Collar Grip

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With his knee in the middle, Rafael pushes his opponent's outside leg down and away, keeps a same side collar grip with his other hand and turns his knee to the inside with his weight on his opponent's core. Next he switches to a cross collar grip and pins his opponent's arm to the mat. He opens his elbow to put heavy pressure on the face and he cuts his knee through, keeping it facing away from his opponent with his hip heavy on his opponent's hips. He pulls the sleeve high as he completes his pass, and from here he can keep the pressure or easily transition to knee on belly.

Inside the University 488 - Stay On Your Toes

Inside the University 488 - Stay On Your Toes

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Gustavo points out a mistake he sees where people are staying flat on their feet, which is throwing their balance off and not allowing them to react in time. Instead you should stay on your toes and be more agile and responsive. Also, when grabbing the shins, he keeps his hands moving fast so he doesn't allow his opponent to get any grips on him.

Inside the University 487 - Pinning the Leg to Pass

Inside the University 487 - Pinning the Leg to Pass

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Explaining some details in the previous technique, after Gustavo throws the legs to the side, he drops his inside knee to the floor right behind the his opponent's thighs, and reaches over the body to grab the lapel. Here traps the legs with his elbow and knee, and can move to side control or even take the back. In the next passing drill, he grabs the inside of the knee with a cross grip, pins it to the mat as he passes to the side, and makes a lapel grip or just pushes the chest down as he establishes side control.

Inside the University 486 - Leg Push Passing Drill

Inside the University 486 - Leg Push Passing Drill

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Gustavo begins standing in front of his opponent who is laying on his back in an open guard position. As Gustavo steps in, he grabs both shins with his C-grips and pushes the legs in, causing his opponent to react by pushing them back out. Gustavo can do this a motion a few times, and as the legs come back out, he steps back and pushes them to the side, opening the space he needs to pass to side control.

Inside the University 485 - Knee Spin Switching Sides Drill

Inside the University 485 - Knee Spin Switching Sides Drill

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Continuing from his side position after passing with the knee spin, now Rene's opponent turns to face him, so he immediately grabs his legs and pulls his knees down to the mat. He places his knee on top of his opponent's knees, moves his head inside on his opponent's chest, and back steps to the other side. For the drill, his opponent turns to face him again, and Rene repeats the movement. It's important to note that he is staying low and controlling the hips, rather than staying high in a typical cross body position.

Inside the University 484 - Knee Spin Passing Drill from Butterfly Guard

Inside the University 484 - Knee Spin Passing Drill from Butterfly Guard

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Rene begins on his knees in his opponent's butterfly guard. He makes a high collar grip and steps his knee up on the same side, keeping it connected to his opponent's leg. Now he does his knee spin, pulling the collar grip down and stepping his other leg back as he goes. This forces his opponent down to the mat and Rene finishes in a side control position.

Inside the University 475 - Open Guard Pass

Inside the University 475 - Open Guard Pass

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Knowing his opponent has a strong lasso guard, Saulo looks to avoid falling into his game by approaching the guard from a strong headquarters position, keeping his arms to his body and not extended. He steps in, grabs the shins and pushes them in, causing his opponent to react by kicking his feet back out. Saulo uses this reaction to push the legs to the side and step to the other side, where he can look to use his favorite guard pass.

Inside the University 460 - Three Guard Passing Options

Inside the University 460 - Three Guard Passing Options

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Having just opened the guard, and still gripping the belt and the knee, Xande now covers three options to pass right away. First, he can simply stuff the leg between his legs as he steps over it, and then step over with his other leg to get to the side. The next is basically the same pass, except he jumps both his legs over rather than stepping one at a time. Finally, he bends over and stretches his legs away, clearing space for him to step around his opponent's legs to pass.

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 5 - Passing the Open Guard

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 5 - Passing the Open Guard

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Now Saulo is looking to pass Xande's open guard, and there three key points he focuses on. First, he makes sure not to stay right in the center of Xande's legs. Second, he looks to make Xande turn to one side or the other. Third, he doesn't let Xande place his feet on his hips. Once he is ready to make his move, Saulo steps to the side and pushes Xande's foot down, stuffing it between his legs. Here is where he can establish a solid base and has several passing options depending on Xande's reaction.

Inside the University 405 - Butterfly Guard Pass Combo

Inside the University 405 - Butterfly Guard Pass Combo

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Again from inside his opponent's butterfly guard, Rene looks to pass to the mount as he did before, but this time his opponent blocks his leg with his knee. Rene cuts his knee to the inside, smashing his opponent's legs to the mat. From here, he can step back to establish side control.

Inside the University 404 - Butterfly Guard Pass to Armbar

Inside the University 404 - Butterfly Guard Pass to Armbar

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Professor Rene's opponent is sitting up in butterfly guard with his arm across Rene's back, so his first line of defense is to grab the collar and drop his elbow down, preventing a good underhook. Next he posts his free arm far away on the mat, and his opponent reaches for the arm, looking to sweep. Rene now has space on the side to step his leg over into an S-mount position. From here, he pulls the arm up and swings his leg over the head to sit back and finish the armbar.