Inside the University 341 - Butterfly Guard Pass

Inside the University 341 - Butterfly Guard Pass

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Now breaking down his final, Xande's opponent has the butterfly guard with an overhook and sleeve grip. Xande keeps his elbow close to the hip, and breaks his hips to kill the bottom leg. His opponent frames and replaces the knee shield, meanwhile, Xande makes a grip on the sleeve and weaves his arm through the legs. Now he raises his hips high and knee cuts to side control.


Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 10 - Transitioning Between Smash Pass and Toreando

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 10 - Transitioning Between Smash Pass and Toreando

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Xande discusses how insisting on passing the guard one way can really hinder a fight, and slow things down like it did in his final match. He emphasizes the importance of being able to change your pass at any point when your opponent defends. Here, Xande shows some variations he uses to transition between smashing and using the toreando.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 9 - Changing Sides when Passing Butterfly Guard

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 9 - Changing Sides when Passing Butterfly Guard

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Xande continues from the same butterfly guard sweep attempt by his opponent, but now focuses on changing his passing side. After Xande steps back to the negative side, his opponent released his tight overhook to grab the belt. Xande drops his head to the chest, reaches his arm up the back, and drives forward. As his opponent is falling back, Xande switches his hips and shuffles to the other side with his underhook grabbing the back. When his opponent tries to use his hook, Xande breaks his hips to clear it, and can now work to pass or force the half guard.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 8 - Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent has Overhook

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 8 - Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent has Overhook

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Xande now shows a butterfly guard pass that he attempted in his fight, but his opponent defended, causing Xande to change his plan and force the half guard as he previously showed. His opponent has the overhook, wrapping his arm up tight, and sits up to sweep Xande. First, Xande turns his arm down to control the hip, his drops down to the belly and his other arm blocks the shin. Now he puts pressure on his opponent, back steps his leg free from the hook, and walks to side control.

Takamasa Watanabe Series 5 - Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent has Underhook

Takamasa Watanabe Series 5 - Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent has Underhook

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Takamasa's opponent is playing butterfly guard and has the underhook on him, so he reaches across the back to grab near the the shoulder blade, and his other hand grips the pants at the knee. With his legs close together, to keep his base heavy, Takamasa sprawls back his leg on the side of the pants grip, and lowers his head to his opponent's chest, as he turns him to the side. Now he lets go of the pants grip and pushes the near leg out of the way to pass the guard.

Inside The University 302 - Jumping Guard Pass

Inside The University 302 - Jumping Guard Pass

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With his opponent's guard open, Xande is basing with his legs wide and square, and using his collar grip to pull himself in and put pressure on his opponent. While pushing in the chest and gripping the pants on the outside leg, Xande jumps his feet back one after the other, and pushes the leg to the side so he can pass the guard.

Xande's World Masters and Grand Slam 2016 Review 10 - Switching Sides to Knee Cut Pass

Xande's World Masters and Grand Slam 2016 Review 10 - Switching Sides to Knee Cut Pass

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Xande continues where he left off after sweeping his opponent in the last technique shown. He landed on top, controlling both of his opponent's leg, and had his right leg inside the guard. He immediately shuffled his feet to switch sides so that his left leg is now in the guard. Because of his speed and his grip on the pants, his opponent could not place a knee shield in time, and Xande was able to finish the knee cut pass. He emphasizes the importance of looking to pass right away after coming up on top from the sweep.

JT Torres 2nd Series 8 - Seated Guard Pass

JT Torres 2nd Series 8 - Seated Guard Pass

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JT's opponent is playing the seated guard, so he makes a grip on the lapel and sleeve. He shuffles to the side of the lapel grip, and when his opponent follows, he steps over the legs to the sleeve grip side, with his foot landing near the hip. Now he turns his opponent like a judo throw, and immediately establishes the knee on belly position.

JT Torres 2nd Series 5 - Diving Open Guard Pass

JT Torres 2nd Series 5 - Diving Open Guard Pass

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JT shows a guard pass he likes to use when his opponent is playing open guard. JT dives his lead shin behind his opponent's knee and his arm swims underneath the other leg. His other hand and foot are posted on the mat, driving his weight onto his opponent. JT swims his arms to get head and arm control, and his leg that is posting comes over the top of his opponent's legs and knee cuts to side control.

Fredson Alves Series 6 - Double Unders Open Guard Pass

Fredson Alves Series 6 - Double Unders Open Guard Pass

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From the open guard, Fredson swims both arms under his opponent's legs and controls at the knees. He steps his feet toward his opponent and sits back, keeping control of the legs. Depending on how his opponent reacts, he can choose which side to pass by throwing the legs down and sitting up to side control.

Inside The University 264 - Butterfly Guard Pass

Inside The University 264 - Butterfly Guard Pass

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While in his opponent's butterfly guard, Saulo hops up and creates space, giving him many options to pass to the side or to stay connected to his opponent. If given the space, he can choose a side and pass.

Inside The University 263 - Butterfly Guard Pass Using Your Knee

Inside The University 263 - Butterfly Guard Pass Using Your Knee

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Saulo shows a pass from the butterfly guard when your opponent is very close and tight with his hooks and his grips. Now Saulo's reaction is to step up one knee on the outside of his opponent's leg, and twist his body to push aside the leg, allowing him the space to pass the guard.