Inside the University 724 - Freeing Your Head from the Choke

Inside the University 724 - Freeing Your Head from the Choke

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Xande breaks down the finer details of freeing your head while your opponent is choking you. He grabs the sleeve with both his hands to pull it as he tries to peel his head out and put his crown on the mat. Once free he can look to get a better position.


Inside the University 723 - Back Escape when All Else Fails

Inside the University 723 - Back Escape when All Else Fails

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Now for his defense when everything else fails, Xande follows the same process, protecting his neck and stepping over the bottom hook, but his opponent is keeping the other hook locked and not letting him escape. Xande continues to step over the bottom leg, but as he does he is also scooting his body down until he can get his head in his opponent's armpit. At this point his opponent has to bail on the choke and try to maintain a top position, so Xande recovers his guard.

Inside the University 722 - Kick Back Roll to Escape the Back with Collar Grips

Inside the University 722 - Kick Back Roll to Escape the Back with Collar Grips

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Now Xande's opponent has his back with both collar grips, and has pulled him on his side, looking to finish the choke. Xande's first line of defense is to keep his opponent's triceps on the floor and prevent him from sitting up to his forearm. He pushes the top hook and scoots over the bottom leg, same as before, but this time he cannot get to side control because of the choke grips. Instead he kicks his leg back diagonally and rolls over his outside shoulder to his knees. From here he fights to establish side control.

Inside the University 721 - Back Escape when Opponent Has Seat Belt Grip

Inside the University 721 - Back Escape when Opponent Has Seat Belt Grip

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Now Xande's opponent has his back with the seat belt grip, so Xande's first step is to grab the top arm and turns his chin to his own hand to protect his neck. He turns his back to the side of the bottom arm and falls back. Now he switches his grip on his opponent's arm with his other hand, and then goes straight to the top leg to push the hook off. Once free from the hook, he follows the same steps to work his way to side control.

Inside the University 720 - Back Escape when Opponent Has Both Underhooks

Inside the University 720 - Back Escape when Opponent Has Both Underhooks

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Now Xande's opponent has his back with both underhooks gripping his lapels. He picks a side to turn to, and posts his leg out for leverage as he falls to his back, on top of his opponent's leg. He blocks the top leg to keep his opponent from mounting him, as he shimmies his hips and steps over the bottom leg. He keeps stepping until both his legs have cleared the bottom leg, and finishes on his opponent's side.

Inside the University 719 - Scoop Escape Back Defense

Inside the University 719 - Scoop Escape Back Defense

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In this scenario, Xande’s opponent is on his back, but does not have any underhooks because Xande is keeping his elbows close to his body. He also keeps his hands covering his face in order to protect his neck. Now Xande does the scoop by planting his feet and lowering his hips, bring his elbows inside his opponent’s thighs. Now he stretches one leg to break free of the hook, and then turns his hips and drops his other elbow inside the leg. Here he has the leverage he needs to turn into his opponent and scissor his legs to face him, often ending up ready to set up the over under pass.

Inside the University 718 - Finishing the Drag Based on Your Opponent's Reaction

Inside the University 718 - Finishing the Drag Based on Your Opponent's Reaction

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Now Xande breaks down several ways your opponent can react after you drag his arm across, whether it be a 2 on 1 sleeve drag, or him pulling it out to defend the armbar. Your opponent might bunker down, post his arm, post his leg, tuck his elbow in, etc. Xande shows several options to ether sweep or take the back based on his reaction.

Inside the University 717 - Reverse Hook Sweep from the Arm Drag

Inside the University 717 - Reverse Hook Sweep from the Arm Drag

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From his butterfly guard, Xande gets to his side and attacks the reverse armbar as previously shown. His opponent defends and slides his arm out, so as soon as Xande realizes he won't finish the arm lock, he reaches across to grab the arm and pulls it across his body. Now he can reach over the back for the belt. From here he grabs the posting arm at the elbow and uses his hooks to switch his hips to the other side, where he can sweep his opponent toward the trapped arm.

Inside the University 716 - Active Drill for Reaching the Belt

Inside the University 716 - Active Drill for Reaching the Belt

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Xande puts together a drill for students to practice reaching over the back and grabbing the belt. With his opponent giving some light resistance, he pulls himself underneath, stretches him out and reaches for the belt. Once he has the belt, his opponent will stop resisting and allow him to practice the sweep.

Inside the University 715 - Setting Up the Half Sit Position

Inside the University 715 - Setting Up the Half Sit Position

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Starting from his knees, Xande grabs both lapels and sits to his butterfly guard one hook at a time. He pulls himself in to try the butterfly lift, but his opponent keeps his weight back and doesn't let Xande lift him. Now Xande extends his legs to kick his opponent away, and folds one leg in, settling in the half sit position. From here he can attempt his sweeps as shown before.

Inside the University 714 - Butterfly Lift Drill

Inside the University 714 - Butterfly Lift Drill

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Before continuing on the butterfly guard lessons, Xande begins class with a drill to practice lifting and sweeping your opponent. He grabs both sleeves under the triceps and pulls his hips in to his opponent, before rolling back and lifting him off the mat. As he lowers him back down, he extends his legs to create the space again. Now builds his jack lever and rolls to his shoulder, turning the wheel to sweep his opponent.

Inside the University 713 - Hook Sweep with Whizzer

Inside the University 713 - Hook Sweep with Whizzer

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In the case that his opponent's belt has fallen off, or even in a no gi situation, instead of reaching over the back, Xande uses a whizzer or arm wrap to trap his opponent's arm and keep it tight to his body. With the whizzer, he can still look for his same butterfly sweeps and arm locks. Also showing the defense to the whizzer, if Xande is stuck on top, he turns his thumb down to give him the angle to pull his arm out.