Inside the University 611 - Side Smash Pass from Butterfly Guard

Inside the University 611 - Side Smash Pass from Butterfly Guard

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From outside his opponent's open guard, Tyrone sits on top of his opponent's hooks, placing himself in the butterfly guard, while staying on his toes rather than his knees. He grabs the pants at the hip and places his shoulder outside the knee, so he can use it to drop his weight and smash the legs. Now he is back to the side smash position and has the same passing options as before.


Inside the University 610 - Side Smash Pass from Reverse De La Riva Guard

Inside the University 610 - Side Smash Pass from Reverse De La Riva Guard

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Tyrone's opponent has a reverse De La Riva hook and is crossing his feet the opposite way one normally would, preventing Tyrone from cutting his knee out. Tyrone steps back and grabs the belt with his hand that was gripping the knee. He steps his trapped leg to the side and sprawls on his opponent's legs. He grabs the sleeve and drives his inside leg forward some more, and now has the option to step back and pass to the side or go straight to mount.

Inside the University 609 - Guard Passing Drills

Inside the University 609 - Guard Passing Drills

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To begin this BJJ Library class, guest instructor Professor Tyrone Gonsalves shows a few simple open guard passing drills that can be done daily as a good warm up.

Inside the University 586 - Combinations from the Side Smash

Inside the University 586 - Combinations from the Side Smash

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Now combining all the principles of his side smash series, Xande breaks down some common situations and shows different combinations to smash, pass or take the back depending on how his opponent reacts.

Inside the University 583 - Applying Pressure for the Side Smash

Inside the University 583 - Applying Pressure for the Side Smash

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Xande points out the importance of applying constant pressure while using the side smash pass. First of all, he doesn't let his arm get stuck between his body and his legs, because doing so would mean he has to release pressure to get his arm out. Also, he always makes sure his head is low, and in turn his chest will be heavy on his opponent.

Inside the University 582 - Side Smash Pass to Leg Drag when Opponent Pushes You Away

Inside the University 582 - Side Smash Pass to Leg Drag when Opponent Pushes You Away

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Xande has set up his base position on top, sitting on his opponent's hooks with his elbows inside the knees. This time his opponent tries to push him away with the hooks, so Xande straightens his legs and raises his hips to absorb the push. Now his elbow has come to the outside, so he can push the legs and get to the side smash. This time instead of mounting, he grips the bottom leg, shoves the top leg with his knee, then steps back and replaces his knee with his other knee, setting in a leg drag position.

Inside the University 581 - Side Smash Pass to Mount

Inside the University 581 - Side Smash Pass to Mount

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From a standing position, Xande steps in and pushes his opponent's hooks between his legs, and keeps his elbows on the outside, pinching the knees together. He pushes in to cause the reaction of his opponent pushing out, and then steps to one side, places his head on the chest and drops his weight on top of the legs. From here, his hand blocks the leg, he places his knee at the hip and his arm under the head, then he steps his other leg over to mount.

Inside the University 580 - Basic Escrima Pass

Inside the University 580 - Basic Escrima Pass

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Setting up his escrima pass, Xande engages his opponent's guard, closing the distance and stepping over his hooks. He places one hand on the mat and his head on the chest, facing the other side. With his elbow inside his opponent's knee, he walks a couple steps to the side on his toes, keeping his weight heavy. Now he cups the thigh and breaks his hip to the side he is passing. Now he walks on his toes til he clears his opponent's legs and can establish side control.

Inside the University 526 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Legs

Inside the University 526 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Legs

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Covering several possibilities you could encounter while trying to pass the open guard, Saulo shows some different reactions you should train yourself for. If his opponent sits up with his feet on the ground, he doesn't worry about the legs, but just controls the shoulder. When he does engage the legs, Saulo will either knee slice to the inside, or sprawl and smash to the outside.

Inside the University 525 - Establishing Headquarters

Inside the University 525 - Establishing Headquarters

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Focusing on the beginning of the pass, Saulo breaks down establishing a solid base in headquarters. Once he slaps the legs and steps inside, he keeps his feet flat on the ground and squats low, sitting on the foot. Here he can sway side to side in a comfortable stance, and not telegraph to his opponent which side he wants to pass.

Inside the University 524 - Passing from Headquarters

Inside the University 524 - Passing from Headquarters

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Now from the top, Saulo slaps the shins to the side as he steps in to his headquarters position, squatting with one of his oppoent's legs between his. He keeps a low base and stays agile, ready to move to either side. Now if his opponent turns to the inside, he puts his hand on the shoulder to stop him and passes with the knee slice. If his opponent turns to the outside, he drops his weight to smash pass.

Inside the University 523 - Side Stepping and Dropping

Inside the University 523 - Side Stepping and Dropping

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Correcting some mistakes, Saulo points out not to step up on your opponent for this drill. By doing so, you give your legs for him to attack. Instead, he just stepping to the side, which gives him the space to drop down and smash if his opponent tries to sit up or come at him.