Victor Hugo Series 3 - Single X-Guard Pass to Mount

Victor Hugo Series 3 - Single X-Guard Pass to Mount

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Once again from his opponent's single leg X-guard, Victor controls both legs, pulling the one on his hip and pushing the one hooking his thigh. When the hook is behind his knee, he turns his own knee in and windshield wipers his leg over the hook. Now he stretches the leg back away from him and drops his outside knee to the mat, placing himself in the three quarter mount. From here he can get his underhooks up high and free his leg to take the mount.


Victor Hugo Series 1 - Single Leg X-Guard Pass

Victor Hugo Series 1 - Single Leg X-Guard Pass

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In this series, 7X World Champion and one of the top current Brown Belt Competitors, Victor Hugo shows some of his favorite techniques. First, from his opponent's single leg X-guard, Victor keeps a low base with his knee turned to the inside. He breaks his opponent's grip on his sleeve and then peels the foot off his hip. Now he plants his hand on the mat, long steps his leg back and establishes side control.

Inside the University 666 - Leg Weave Pass

Inside the University 666 - Leg Weave Pass

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To set up the leg weave pass, Xande weaves his arm under the knee shield and cups the thigh of the bottom leg. He drops his weight so he that the side of his head puts pressure down on the chest, and then gets up on his toes to drive in with more pressure. He grabs his opponent's arm at the sleeve and pulls it tight to his body. Now to pass his leg, he can either windshield wiper or knee cut.

Inside the University 665 - Keeping Your Hips Flat

Inside the University 665 - Keeping Your Hips Flat

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Xande points out a key detail of not angling your hip too much when in the over-under. While staying on his toes and keeping pressure with his shoulder, he turns his hips just enough so his thigh can block his opponent's leg. He does not want to turn so much that he eases his pressure or gets himself off balance.

Inside the University 664 - Over-Under Pass from Combat Base

Inside the University 664 - Over-Under Pass from Combat Base

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Now starting on his feet from the combat base, Xande holds one knee and grabs the pants at the inside of the other knee before stepping to that side. As his opponent turns and looks to block Xande, he lowers his level, brings his elbow inside, shrugs his shoulder to his head and dives in with his head hitting the thigh. He reaches under to grab the belt and drops his shoulder and head into position. After establishing his over-under position, he can pass either way that he's shown.

Inside the University 663 - Over-Under Pass

Inside the University 663 - Over-Under Pass

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Xande's opponent is playing a knee shield guard and blocking his shoulder, so Xande's first step is to grip the belt and the pants. Xande pushes the knee in causing the reaction of his opponent to open his knee, giving Xande space to roll his arm to the inside with his shoulder inside the knee and he reaches under to grab the belt. After getting on his toes, he turns his head toward his hand and drops his shoulder on the stomach. From here he shows two options to pass by either stepping his leg over or windshield wiping his leg over.

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.