Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 4 - Closing the Guard

Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 4 - Closing the Guard

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Now Xande's opponent uses the same two methods of smashing the shield and stepping over as previously shown, but rather than just recovering the classic guard, Xande wishes to close his guard. So following the same steps in the previous drills, once Xande recovers his first foot back on the hip, instead of setting up his knee shield, he straightens his leg, bites down on the back and closes his guard.


Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 3 - Retention when Opponent Steps Over

Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 3 - Retention when Opponent Steps Over

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Another common situation when Xande is playing the classic guard, is his opponent stepping over Xande's leg and then smashing his shield. Xande's first reaction is to trap his opponent's other leg in the half guard, and straightens his shield leg to create some space while extending his upper body and pulling the sleeve. Now he brings his bottom foot back to the hip, pushes off to escape his hips, and resets his knee shield.

Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 2 - Retention when Opponent Smashes the Shield

Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 2 - Retention when Opponent Smashes the Shield

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When Xande is playing the collar and sleeve guard, the most common reaction from his opponent is to smash the knee shield and put his weight on Xande. Xande always keeps his arm on the collar straight to keep the distance. Using both feet on the hips, Xande pushes off to hip escape, replaces his shield and resets his classic guard. This exercise can be done over and over as a good drill to practice.

Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 1 - Setting Up the Collar and Sleeve Guard

Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 1 - Setting Up the Collar and Sleeve Guard

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Starting from the closed guard, Xande opens the collar and punches his hand up to make his collar grip, and keeps his arm straight to control his opponent. Next he makes the sleeve grip, and opens his elbow a little to pull the the sleeve up where he is stronger with the grip. Now he places his opposite foot on the mat and escapes his hips, placing his other foot on the hip. Finally, he brings his knee inside and up to the shoulder to make his shield. He can also do a more advanced variation where he does not place his foot on the mat, but uses his leverage to shake his hips to the side instead.

Inside the University 364 - Replacing Guard from Over Under

Inside the University 364 - Replacing Guard from Over Under

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Saulo's opponent now has over under control and is looking to pass the guard. Saulo's first move is to keep his arm tight to his own body and pushing his opponent's shoulder. Using his free leg, he pushes off the mat to shrimp, and uses his knee to push his opponent at his side. Now he has the position and leverage to escape, replace or attack.

Inside the University 363 - Replacing Guard from Double Unders when Opponent Stacks

Inside the University 363 - Replacing Guard from Double Unders when Opponent Stacks

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Saulo's opponent has double unders, so Saulo escapes his hips as he did before, but now his opponent stacks and really puts the pressure on Saulo to that side. Saulo's reaction is to turn more to that side, and bring his leg off the shoulder and down to the mat. Now he pushes his opponent's arm, and scoots his hips back to free his leg. From here, he has different options, such as replacing the guard or attacking the back.

Inside the University 362 - Replacing Guard from Double Unders

Inside the University 362 - Replacing Guard from Double Unders

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Saulo's opponent has double unders on him, so the first thing Saulo does is escape his hips by pushing off the shoulder with his leg. Staying on his hip, Saulo keeps scooting with his opponent if he insists on driving the pressure to that side. When he has created the space, he snakes his knee back in between him and his opponent, replacing the guard.

Leticia Ribeiro Series 3 - Self Defense Techncal Stand Up when Attacker is Standing

Leticia Ribeiro Series 3 - Self Defense Techncal Stand Up when Attacker is Standing

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Leticia now shows a common self defense situation when she is on her back and her attacker is standing above her. She keeps her feet in the air to protect herself and keep her attacker at a distance. If her attacker moves around, she follows by rocking and pivoting, using her hands on the ground to help her. When her attacker is square, she pushes her away with her feet on the hips, sits up posted on her arm, and does the technical stand up, making sure to protect her face with her free arm. Now she can run for help.

Inside the University 358 - Setting Up the Crab Stance to Pass

Inside the University 358 - Setting Up the Crab Stance to Pass

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To begin this lesson on passing the guard, Xande teaches the basics of the crab stance. He begins by placing both hands on his opponent's stomach, standing up and pushing the knee to open the guard. Once the guard is open, Xande widens his stance so his knees are behind his opponent's knees, and he squats to find his base. His elbows are on the outside of his own knees, and his hands cup his opponent's thighs. Now from this crab stance, when his opponent moves, Xande moves with him, always keeping these points of connection in tact.

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 9 - Replacing Guard to counter the Weave Pass

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 9 - Replacing Guard to counter the Weave Pass

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Same as last techniqe, Rafael's opponent is trying the weave pass, so Rafael extends his body and pushes the head. This time, his opponent's head is too low for Rafael to kick his foot out, so instead he hooks it on the hip and uses his posted hand to stand up in base on his knee. Now he circles his knee and sits back to whatever guard he's comfortable with.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 7 - Forcing Half Guard from Butterfly Guard

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 7 - Forcing Half Guard from Butterfly Guard

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In his final fight, Xande faced an opponent with a good butterfly guard, so he knew that he wanted to force the half guard. First, he grips the pants and gets the underhook, and when his opponent tries to lift him with the butterfly hook, he keeps his hand on the back rather than posting on the mat. While he is lifted off the mat, he breaks his hip, turning it to the outside and freeing his leg from the butterfly hook. At this point, his opponent locked the half guard. Xande reacted by opening his opponent's arm that was controlling his own arm, bringing his knee to the hip, and flattening him out to force the half guard.

Inside The University 297 - Knee Shield Guard Control

Inside The University 297 - Knee Shield Guard Control

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Xande breaks down the general concepts of the knee shield guard, stressing the importance of using one foot on the hip while using your knee shield. He shows how to switch back and forth from side to side, and how to use his frame to scoot back into a technical stand up or to reset his guard.