Inside the University 912 - Defending the Sit Up Guard

Inside the University 912 - Defending the Sit Up Guard

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Moving on to another position where your opponent is controlling your leg, Gustavo shows some ways to defend the sit up guard. In this case, his opponent wraps up his leg and pulls him down, looking to sweep. First Gustavo must get a good base, which he does by making a strong collar grip and driving his knee into the chest. He has many options from here, but what he wants to work on now is pulling his opponent back to a seated position and then working to pass.


Inside the University 904 - Pressure Pass to Mount

Inside the University 904 - Pressure Pass to Mount

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Now when Xande goes for the over-under pass, his opponent blocks his shoulder and pushes Xande's under arm with his leg. Instead of fighting for the over-under, Xande brings his arm out and drops it to his opponent's side and puts very heavy pressure on his ribs. From here many things can happen, but Xande's number one move is to go for the mount.

Inside the University 903 - Over-Under Pass

Inside the University 903 - Over-Under Pass

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Moving on to the next guard pass, Xande teaches the over-under pass. For this, he needs to step over one leg and his arm on that side will go over the leg, while his other arm goes under the other leg. From here he stays on his toes with his hips tilted inward, and drives his weight into his opponent through his shoulders. After stepping out with his other leg, he stays tight and works to establish side control. This pass can be combined with the attempt for the double under pass also.

Inside the University 856 - Step Over Pass from Deep Half Guard

Inside the University 856 - Step Over Pass from Deep Half Guard

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Now when Victor's opponent gets the half guard, his first reaction is to pummel and get the underhook. Next he steps his leg over the head, ending up in a quarter guard position. From here, he can easily drop his upper body weight and slide his knee out of the quarter guard, and establish side control.

Inside the University 855 - Leg Drag Pass from Deep Half Guard

Inside the University 855 - Leg Drag Pass from Deep Half Guard

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When Victor rolls to take the back, sometimes he is not able to keep his leg as a hook, and loses his fight to get back control. In this case, he abandons his effort in taking the back, and instead comes to the top in a leg drag position.

Inside the University 814 - Back Stepping Out of Deep Half Guard

Inside the University 814 - Back Stepping Out of Deep Half Guard

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Going in to more detail about what happened in his fight, Gustavo shows how his opponent actually grabbed his sleeve while looking to sweep him from the deep half. To avoid this control, Gustavo was able to back step his top leg and bug the neck, forcing his opponent to abandon his grip. Now Gustavo can go to three quarter mount and continue his pass he's been showing.

Inside the University 813 - Deep Half Guard Pass with an Underhook

Inside the University 813 - Deep Half Guard Pass with an Underhook

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Using the same setup as the previous technique, Gustavo transitions to the three quarter mount like position while his opponent is in deep half guard. Now he reaches his arm to get the underhook and makes a grip on the belt, which he can use to pull and make himself heavier. When he steps his leg over the head to pass, he already has the underhook and can establish a good side control.

Inside the University 812 - Deep Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 812 - Deep Half Guard Pass

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Now Gustavo's opponent has him in the deep half guard, so Gustavo gets a good base. When his opponent tries to sweep him backward, Gustavo leans forward, and when his opponent tries to come back, Gustavo transitions to a three-quarter mount. From here he looks to bring his other leg over the head, putting him in a position he can easily pass the guard.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 4 - Side Smash Pass to the Back Side

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 4 - Side Smash Pass to the Back Side

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After polishing up some details of the side smash pass to the mount, Rafael shows another variation when his opponent turns on his side when you smash the legs. Since he can't get a cross face and underhook now, he lowers his head to the chest to push his opponent flat as he steps around to the back side to pass to side control.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 3 - Side Smash Pass

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 3 - Side Smash Pass

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From the half guard, Rafael gets to his knee on body position and makes his grips. This time his opponent pushes him away from the direction he is looking to knee slice, so Rafael turns his body and brings his knee between the legs, smashing both legs now. From here he looks to get the cross face and underhook before inching his way to the mount.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 1 - Knee Slice Pass

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 1 - Knee Slice Pass

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In this series, Rafael Lovato Jr. shows a guard passing sequence centered around him pressuring his knee on his opponent's body from a half guard / knee shield guard. The first position begins as a knee slice pass, but his opponent places the knee shield to stop him, so Rafael flattens him and goes to his central knee on body position. He controls the wrist and makes a strong cross collar grip. He turns his knee hard to create his angle and knock his opponent's leg out of the way, allowing him to slide his leg through for the knee slice pass.

Inside the University 752 - Preventing Your Opponent from Inverting

Inside the University 752 - Preventing Your Opponent from Inverting

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Now Victor answers a question about how to prevent his opponent from inverting and setting up a 50/50 or other guard. He prevents it by getting a good collar grip and putting a strong cross face on him as he drops his weight to keep him down while he passes the guard.