Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 6 - Transitions from Side Butterfly Guard

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 6 - Transitions from Side Butterfly Guard

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Now Rafael goes over some common reactions your opponent will have when you establish side butterfly guard, and gives options to counter them. He goes over a triangle, sweep and some general principles of how to connect the side butterfly to other positions in your game.


Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 5 - Side Butterfly Guard Sweep

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 5 - Side Butterfly Guard Sweep

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Sometimes while playing the 2-on-1 sleeve grip, Rafael's opponent will drop to his knees to feel more comfortable. This is the time for Rafael to insert his butterfly hooks and drag the arm so he can get to a side butterfly guard. When his opponent drives back into him, Rafael can use the momentum to hook sweep and establish a strong top position.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 4 - Transitioning to Other Guards from 2-on-1 Grip

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 4 - Transitioning to Other Guards from 2-on-1 Grip

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Rafael spends a little time showing how he can transition to other guards using his 2-on-1 sleeve grip.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 3 - Arm Throw-By to Single Leg or Back

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 3 - Arm Throw-By to Single Leg or Back

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In this situation, Rafael's opponent gets control of his leg and makes a move to pass the guard. As he goes, Rafael pulls the arm and throws it by him with his 2-on1 grip. Now he immediately looks to go after the single leg, but has many options if it turns into a scramble.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 2 - Cross Sleeve Omoplata Setup

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 2 - Cross Sleeve Omoplata Setup

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Covering another option from the 2-on-1 cross sleeve grip, Rafael shows how he can transition to an omoplata by diving in and underhooking the leg, if his opponent defends his shin-on-shin attack.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 1 - Shin-on-Shin to Side Closed Guard

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 1 - Shin-on-Shin to Side Closed Guard

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Rafael begins in open guard with a foot on the biceps and a foot on the hip, and 2-on-1 grip control on the arm. He drops his foot from the hip to make a shin-on-shin hook, kicks it out to force his opponent to his knees. Here his opponent will try to avoid the triangle by forcing himself in Rafael's closed guard, but because he is dragging the arm across with his 2-on-1 grips, he can easily lock up the side closed guard and begin working his attacks from there.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 17 - Crucifix Setup Defending the Guard Pass

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 17 - Crucifix Setup Defending the Guard Pass

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To finish off his series, Dallas brings out the fancy crucifix setup he uses when his opponent is trying to stack pass him with one arm under the leg. He first looks to control the wrist and keep his opponent from grabbing his collar. Next he raises his hips off the mat and rolls belly down, pulling his free leg out as he rolls to end up on his opponent's back with the crucifix locked up.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 16 - Crucifix Setup from Deep Half Guard on Top

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 16 - Crucifix Setup from Deep Half Guard on Top

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Another setup Dallas uses a lot is when his opponent goes for deep half guard. Dallas makes sure to bring his free leg over the top with him to pinch the arm with his knees. When his opponent tries to turn into him, he has to let go of Dallas's leg, which gives him the perfect opportunity to tie up the arm and jump over to the back to setup his crucifix.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 15 - Crucifix Setup from Single Leg Counter

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 15 - Crucifix Setup from Single Leg Counter

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Now Dallas's opponent shoots a single leg takedown on him, keeping his head in Dallas's stomach as to not get guillotined. Dallas pushes his head to the side, exposing his back, so now he can pivot around to the back and slap on his crucifix just like he did with the fireman's carry.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 14 - Crucifix Setup from Fireman's Carry Counter

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 14 - Crucifix Setup from Fireman's Carry Counter

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Another good way to get the crucifix is by countering the fireman's carry takedown. When his opponent shoots and reaches his arm between Dallas's legs, he immediately pivots to the back and locks his hands before falling back and establishing the crucifix.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 13 - Crucifix Setup when Opponent Grabs Your Pants to Defend Back Take

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 13 - Crucifix Setup when Opponent Grabs Your Pants to Defend Back Take

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Most of the time when you are on top in turtle, your opponent will be most concerned about defending his back, so a common reaction is to reach out and grab your pants. In this case, Dallas uses his bottom leg to trap the arm and bring it in while he rolls to setup his crucifix.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 12 - Crucifix Setup off Reversal from Turtle

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 12 - Crucifix Setup off Reversal from Turtle

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Now Dallas's opponent is not opening up for Dallas to get the arm, so he gives up his arm that's reaching over the back to bait his opponent into rolling and reversing him. As his opponent goes to roll, he has to push off the mat because Dallas stays heavy. The push opens up the space Dallas needs to trap the arm while rolling and land in the crucifix.