Josh Hinger Series 6 - Half Guard Pressure Pass

Josh Hinger Series 6 - Half Guard Pressure Pass

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Josh's opponent has set up a knee shield half guard, so Josh first pins the bottom leg to the mat and then aggressively grabs the top leg and forces it down with his chest. With his back hand, he picks up the hip and threads his other arm underneath the body, clasping his hands together at the back. From here, he puts his head on the outside, his shoulder in the belly and gets on his toes to walk toward the legs before stepping back to free himself from his opponent's hook. Now he steps his way to the side and establishes side control.


Inside the University 383 - Freeing Your Foot to Pass the Half Guard

Inside the University 383 - Freeing Your Foot to Pass the Half Guard

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Xande goes over what he calls the champagne pop. This is when he has the underhook and his knee cut, and is almost past the guard, but his opponent is still trapping his foot in the half guard. He is unable to release it by driving forward or kicking his opponent's legs. From here, he sits on his opponent's legs, pushing back heavy with his hips, and at the same time he pulls his foot to pop it out.

Inside the University 381 - Applying Constant Pressure while Passing

Inside the University 381 - Applying Constant Pressure while Passing

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Focusing on an important detail, Xande shows how to maintain constant pressure while passing with the escrima. Before moving to the side, he brings his knees close and pushes himself forward using his toes. As he passes to the side, he continues to push forward with his toes, never giving his opponent space.

Inside the University 379 - Half Guard Escrima Pass Concepts

Inside the University 379 - Half Guard Escrima Pass Concepts

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Xande begins in his opponent's half guard, and his first idea is to get the underhook high in the armpit on the opposite side he is passing to, and to place his head next to his opponent's head on the same side he is passing to. His inside hip stays connected and putting pressure on the thigh, and his outside leg posts far out, staying open and distributing his weight. With his free hand, he reaches down and grabs the pants to control the leg. From here, he has the leverage to maintain his base and defend any sweep attempts. When he has the space and opportunity, Xande can begin to pass by bringing his knee up and cutting it to the outside, working for the knee cut pass.

Inside the University 366 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Inside the University 366 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

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Gustavo continues his lesson on passing the knee shield guard, Gustavo has switched the side he is on and is looking to finish the pass. Gustavo's knee is behind his opponent's thighs and his weight on top of his the legs. His opponent frames at Gustavo's neck, so makes a same side grip on the collar, and feeds to his other hand, threatening the choke. Now he uses the leverage to keep his weight on him, and pass to the original side and establish side control.

Inside the University 365 - Changing Sides to Pass the Knee Shield Guard

Inside the University 365 - Changing Sides to Pass the Knee Shield Guard

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Guest Instructor and World Silver Medalist, Gustavo Dias, discusses his experience competing in Russia, and shows some of the positions he used at the tournament. His first opponent had pulled him to half guard, and was playing guard with a knee shield. Gustavo uses his hand to block his opponent's hip and forced his weight on him, causing his opponent to push back. Gustavo uses this opportunity to get up on his toes, and run around to the other side, forcing the legs down in the opposite direction. Now he can put his weight on his opponent and get head control before working to pass the guard.

Inside the University 361 - Over Under Pass

Inside the University 361 - Over Under Pass

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Continuing the guard pass series from the crab stance, Xande has his arm under one leg and his knee pinning the other. His opponent is blocking the passes to both sides, so Xande makes a grip on the pants and removes his knee to get on his toes. He fakes the pass to the under side by moving his head, and then jumps over the leg, passing to the other side, where he can establish side control.

Inside the University 350 - Half Guard Pass Jumping to the Other Side

Inside the University 350 - Half Guard Pass Jumping to the Other Side

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Gustavo Diaz, who placed 2nd in the Black Belt Ultra Heavyweight Division at the 2017 World Championship, teaches a half guard pass he used at the tournament. His opponent is defending the underhook and the cross face, so Gustavo grabs the back of the pants and drops his head to the side he wants to pass. His elbow is closed, his other hand grabs the triceps and his shoulder is putting pressure on the chest. When his opponent pushes back, Gustavo lifts his knee and cuts it out of the half guard. Now his opponent reacts by trying to place the knee shield, so Gustavo hops to the other side, keeping his grips and pressure with his shoulder so he can establish side control.

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 3 - Shin Slice to Jump Pass

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 3 - Shin Slice to Jump Pass

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Bruno begins this position by passing the reverse De La Riva guard with the shin slice again, but this time his opponent shrimps before he can establish the pass. Keeping his grips on the collar and pants, Bruno lowers his head to the mat next his opponent's shoulder, and keeps his weight on it as he jumps to the other side. He lands with his knee in the hip and now he can establish side control.

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 2 - Reverse De La Riva Guard Pass

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 2 - Reverse De La Riva Guard Pass

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From inside his opponent's reverse De La Riva guard, Bruno makes grips on the collar and pants, keeping his elbow closed to avoid his opponent bringing his knee inside or making a lasso. He turns his knee in to break the hook, and slices his shin across the shin, and passes to knee on belly, keeping his grips the whole time.

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 5 - Sweep and Pass to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 5 - Sweep and Pass to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

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Rafael's opponent manages to finish the sit up sweep this time, but Rafael immediately pushes of the hip and shrimps to create space. He swims his arm under the ankle and brings the leg to him with the help of his own knee, and at the same time he grabs the pants on the other leg. From here, he puts his outside foot on the hip and extends his legs to sweep his opponent back, landing with one of his opponent's legs pinned on the mat and the other on his shoulder. He traps the hips by bringing his outside knee up, and controls his opponent with double lapel grips. From here, he shows a couple options to pass the guard.

Inside the University 332 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Inside the University 332 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

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Breaking down another fight, Xande's opponent is playing half guard with the knee shield, and the classic collar and sleeve grips. Xande first whizzers the leg, and after attempting a weave pass, he swam his hand inside and made a collar grip on his opponent. Now he grabs the pants with his other hand and puts some pressure down. His opponent reacts by pushing back, giving Xande the opportunity to stand up, push the leg inside and jump to the other side. His opponent reacts by trying to turn back into him, so Xande makes a cross face and maintains side control.