Inside the University 982 - Breaking Down Your Weight Distribution While Passing

Inside the University 982 - Breaking Down Your Weight Distribution While Passing

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Saulo works 1-on-1 with a student and really breaks down where he needs to apply his weight and pressure while passing, not only on his opponent, but his own body as well.


Inside the University 981 - Passing Guard when Opponent Has a Pant Grip on Your Leg

Inside the University 981 - Passing Guard when Opponent Has a Pant Grip on Your Leg

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Now Saulo is looking to pass the guard while his opponent controls his leg with a pant grip. He first twists his body toward the trapped leg, lowers his base and places his hands on the knee and torso. He steps his free leg to the side as his other shin cuts across his opponent's leg, and he looks for the pass from here.

Inside the University 980 - Stepping to the Side and Initiating the Pass

Inside the University 980 - Stepping to the Side and Initiating the Pass

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To start off this lesson, Sensei Saulo shows how he steps to the side to create the angle he needs to pass the guard. Once he's to the side, Saulo uses his weight to push the knees in and cause a reaction from his opponent. From here he shows four different guard pass set ups he can use.

Xande's Esgrima Series 7 - High Esgrima Against Frame

Xande's Esgrima Series 7 - High Esgrima Against Frame

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Xande is passing with the esgrima, but his opponent is doing a good job using his frame to keep Xande at bay. This is when Xande drives his weight forward to get a high esgrima and neutralize his opponent's frame. Now he has much more leverage to pass the guard.

Xande's Esgrima Series 6 - Esgrima from Headquarters

Xande's Esgrima Series 6 - Esgrima from Headquarters

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In this case Xande has gotten to his headquarters position with one of his opponent's legs between his. He cups the inside knee and pushes on the outside knee while putting pressure down with his chest to cause a push back from his opponent. This is the reaction he wants to slide his arm in for the esgrima and break his hips to start his pass.

Xande's Esgrima Series 5 - Esgrima Against Butterfly Pummeling Attempt

Xande's Esgrima Series 5 - Esgrima Against Butterfly Pummeling Attempt

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Now Xande's opponent is in the sit up butterfly and is forcing a pummeling battle for the underhook. While pummels with him until he feels he can stuff one shoulder and get the esgrima on the other side. His arm wraps behind the back and his head goes tight to the body. Now he can drop his weight, break the hip and work on his pass.

Xande's Esgrima Series 4 - Esgrima Against the Sit Up Butterfly Guard

Xande's Esgrima Series 4 - Esgrima Against the Sit Up Butterfly Guard

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Now Xande's opponent is working from a traditional sit up butterfly guard with the underhook. Xande pushes on the bottom knee, rounds his back to create a strong base, and scoots back to create some space. From here he walks his leg in between his opponent's leg and switches the hand on the knee to an esgrima underhook, and forces his way to the half guard. Now he can drive his knee up and work to knee cut pass.

Xande's Esgrima Series 3 - Passing when Opponent Closes the Half Guard

Xande's Esgrima Series 3 - Passing when Opponent Closes the Half Guard

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This time when Xande looks to break his hip to smash the butterfly guard, his opponent is able to trap his leg and lock up the half guard. The first thing Xande must do is move his body forward, because if he is too low, his opponent will recover. He pushes his opponent's head with the back of his own head, and gets on his toes to lift his butt in the air to a tripod position. Now he can bring his knee forward and begin to knee cut pass.

Xande's Esgrima Series 2 - Butterfly Guard Smash

Xande's Esgrima Series 2 - Butterfly Guard Smash

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From inside his opponent's butterfly guard, Xande gets his esgrima or underhook on one side and breaks his hip to face the other side. He makes sure to keep his head connected to the chest and the side of his body connected along the center line of his opponent's body. From this position he can work on stepping over the leg and passing the guard. The same principles apply if his opponent tries to hook sweep him.

Victor Hugo No Gi Worlds 2019 Series 2 - Jumping Guard Pass

Victor Hugo No Gi Worlds 2019 Series 2 - Jumping Guard Pass

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This is one Victor's favorite passes to use when his opponent is playing a sit up guard. First he grabs the heels and lifts his opponent's legs to roll him on his back. His opponent will react by sitting back up, and when he does, Victor jumps to the side and looks to establish his guard pass.

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 4 - Countering the Knee Shield from Hero Pose

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 4 - Countering the Knee Shield from Hero Pose

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Having done his fade away to the hero pose, where he is looking to use the cross knee pass, Xande is now having trouble passing because Adam placed his knee shield. When Adam extends his shield to create space so he can replace his hook, Xande drops his weight to kill the legs. Now he is able to work for his pass, ideally passing straight to mount.

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 3 - Fade Away to Cross Knee Pass

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 3 - Fade Away to Cross Knee Pass

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Coming back to his fight with Adam, Xande shows his process on how he could pass Adam's butterfly guard. When he did the fade away, Adam's hook was still strong, so Xande brought his back foot in between his legs and switched to his hero pose. From here he was no longer in the butterfly guard and could use the cross knee pass.