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.

Inside the University 328 - Half Guard Shin Cut Pass

Inside the University 328 - Half Guard Shin Cut Pass

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Xande breaks down his guard pass from a fight that his opponent pulled half guard. Once his opponent pulls, Xande immediately places his hand on the chest and extends his arm to keep a lot of pressure on him. His other hand makes a grip on the sleeve, and he steps himself back so he can knee cut across his opponent's shin. It's important that he gets low enough and points his knee back, rather than doing a traditional knee cut across the thigh. Once he breaks through the legs, he drops his weight on his opponent's hips, and works his way to side control.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 5 - Half Guard Pass to Mount Variation 2

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 5 - Half Guard Pass to Mount Variation 2

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After attempting the previously shown half guard pass to mount, Xande now shows the variation he was able to use against his opponent. From the quarter guard with the cross collar grip, Xande's opponent bumped him and turned on his side to defend. Xande used his knee on the stomach to keep pressure, swam his arm in for the underhook, and his knee now dropped to the mat in a knee cut position. However, Xande was looking for the mount, so he made the cross face grip, turned his hip in and slid his knee back across the stomach. Now he forces his knee down and opens his elbow to control his opponent's arm. Using his free foot, he blocks the leg and helps free his other foot to mount his opponent.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 4 - Half Guard Pass to Mount Variation 1

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 4 - Half Guard Pass to Mount Variation 1

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In his second fight, Xande was able to establish the half guard, and decided it would be best to pass straight to the mount. Here he shows the position he tried to use. As he turns his hips to his opponent, he feels him pushing, and uses the opportunity to free his knee. Xande tries to go straight to the mount, but his opponent turns away and blocks the knee, so Xande grabs the cross collar grip and threatens the choke. Now he has the position to pull the elbow and slide his knee to the mount.

Inside the University 323 - Dead Knee Variation Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 323 - Dead Knee Variation Half Guard Pass

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Saulo stands up in the half guard as he did previously, with one hand gripping the pants and the other putting pressure on the chest. With an emphasis on keeping his knee loose while still locked in the half guard, Saulo shifts his weight to the far side, and then shoves the leg back inside while passing to the far side. It's important that his knee and shin are putting his weight on his opponent's shin for this pass.

Inside the University 322 - Grip Control and Leverage while Passing the Half Guard

Inside the University 322 - Grip Control and Leverage while Passing the Half Guard

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Saulo breaks down some details on the previous half guard pass. He stresses the importance of putting weight on the collar grip to keep his opponent flat, and pushing the pants grip while shaking his leg free. His focus on this pass is to stay loose and pass to whichever side opens up to him.

Inside the University 321 - Half Guard Pass without the Underhook

Inside the University 321 - Half Guard Pass without the Underhook

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Saulo is in his opponent's half guard, and being blocked from getting the underhook, so he drops down and stays heavy on the hips. He grips the pants at the knee and stretches his arm, steps forward with his inside leg, and grabs his opponent's collar to pressure him down before standing up. Now he uses his pants grip to shake his opponent's leg, giving him the space to free his own leg, and pass the guard.