Inside The University 291 - Replacing Guard when Opponent Smashes Your Z-Guard

Inside The University 291 - Replacing Guard when Opponent Smashes Your Z-Guard

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Xande uses the same setup as before to establish the Z-guard, but this time his opponent smashes his legs right away. Xande opens his elbow on the collar grip to make a frame against his opponent's neck, and his other arm posts on the mat. With the help of his bottom leg, Xande is able to escape his hips and replace the guard.


Xande's World Masters and Grand Slam 2016 Review 5 - Defending the Over Under Pass

Xande's World Masters and Grand Slam 2016 Review 5 - Defending the Over Under Pass

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Xande continues his review, now talking about the semi-finals fight that he lost, and goes over what he should have done to win his fight. Xande's opponent is attempting to pass with the over under grips, so Xande blocks the over arm, and drops his leg heavy on the other shoulder. He escapes his hips enough so he can sit up and grab his opponent's belt. From here, he reaches over the back to grab the lat, and forces his leg free, landing in the turtle position. In the fight, his opponent was able to sit out and restart the fight standing. What Xande should have done is make the seat belt grip and keep his chest heavy on his opponent, and look to work the crucifix while his leg was still being held.

Inside The University 282 - Taking the Back from Reverse Half Guard

Inside The University 282 - Taking the Back from Reverse Half Guard

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Xande's opponent again goes to the reverse half guard as he did in the last position, but this time Xande isn't able or comfortable to keep his outside frame, so grabs the belt. When his opponent steps his leg back to pass, Xande uses this moment to escape his hips and attack the back.

Inside The University 281 - Escaping the Reverse Half Guard

Inside The University 281 - Escaping the Reverse Half Guard

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Xande is half guard and blocking with his frames, but now his opponent brings his arm over the top to settle into a reverse half guard position. Xande keeps his frame on the arm in place until he can switch his other hand behind the armpit, and keep his opponent's weight on his elbows. Now he pushes off the mat to escape his hips, and work to replace the full guard.

Xande's Defensive Series 14 - Defending the Knee Cut Pass while Framing on the Hip

Xande's Defensive Series 14 - Defending the Knee Cut Pass while Framing on the Hip

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Xande shows another common situation that happens when your opponent is passing with the knee cut. In this case, Xande is not able to block the biceps and his opponent gets his arm under his head, so Xande immediately blocks the hip with his hand. As soon as his opponent passes, Xande drops his elbow between himself and his opponent's hip, and now he can bring his knee to his elbow to work his way back to the guard.

Xande's Defensive Series 13 - Defending the Knee Cut Pass

Xande's Defensive Series 13 - Defending the Knee Cut Pass

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Xande continues his defensive series, and now starts covering how he deals with different situations when his opponent is passing his guard. Here he discusses the knee cut pass. Xande's first line of defense is his frames with his arms. He keeps his top arm between his opponent and himself, and his other arm blocks the biceps. The moment his opponent passes, Xande bumps his hips and escapes them so he can bring his knee in to frame. Now he can work to replace the guard.

Xande's Defensive Series 12 - Half Guard Escape when Opponent Controls Under Your Arm

Xande's Defensive Series 12 - Half Guard Escape when Opponent Controls Under Your Arm

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Xande now covers escaping the half guard when your opponent switches his base toward you and controls under your arm this time. Xande must lock his opponent's leg with his calf, and use his elbows to shimmy his way up and create space to frame. Now he can turn into his opponent and replace the guard as he did previously. Sometimes he is even able to grip the belt, post on his hand and scoot out so he can take the back.

Xande's Defensive Series 11 - Half Guard Escape when Opponent Controls Over Your Arm

Xande's Defensive Series 11 - Half Guard Escape when Opponent Controls Over Your Arm

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Xande is in the half guard and now his opponent switches his base toward him and controls his arm over the top. His first step is to cup the shoulder with his arm across his opponent's neck. Xande doesn't worry about closing his leg, but instead uses his knee to control his opponent's hip, and he moves side to side until he can get his elbow to the other hip. Now he can use his frames to bump his opponent, create space and replace his guard.

Xande's Defensive Series 10 - Half Guard Escape with Shoulder Pressure on Your Face

Xande's Defensive Series 10 - Half Guard Escape with Shoulder Pressure on Your Face

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Xande shows an escape from a common half guard position when your opponent switches his base toward you and puts heavy shoulder pressure on your face. Xande's first step is to push the shoulder, turn his face into it and escape his hips inch by inch, until the crown of his head is in his opponent's biceps. Now he can create the space to put in his shields and replace the guard.

Xande's Defensive Series 9 - Half Guard Escape to Full Guard

Xande's Defensive Series 9 - Half Guard Escape to Full Guard

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Xande starts in his half guard with his opponent controlling his head and holding the underhook. Xande first gets his elbow in his opponent's hip and uses the leverage to shimmy away. Next he bumps with his hips to create space for his knee. Now he can take his time and use the leverage to replace the full guard.

Inside The University 190 - Escaping the Reverse Half Guard by Rolling Away

Inside The University 190 - Escaping the Reverse Half Guard by Rolling Away

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Saulo discusses Xande's final match against Lucas Leite at the 2015 World Championship, and shows how Xande was able to roll away from Lucas' reverse half guard after he pulled his leg out in order to pass Xande's guard. This was a better option for Xande, since he felt more comfortable to defend his back rather than defending the guard pass.

Inside the University 68 - Advanced Details on Guard Retention and the Knee Cross Pass, X-Pass, Same Side Knee Pass Combos

Inside the University 68 - Advanced Details on Guard Retention and the Knee Cross Pass, X-Pass, Same Side Knee Pass Combos

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Xande goes into the details on what to look for to retain your guard and mentions that you want to keep your opponent off your three points of control (neck, shoulders, hips) to stay mobile and capable of retaining your guard. We also take an advanced look into the knee cross pass, x pass, and same side knee pass and examine how lifting your foot off the mats can neutralize the strength of the De la Riva guard and allow you to remain loose and glide over your opponent into a passing opportunity.

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