Eduardo Inojosa Series 3 - Leg Drag Pass from Lasso Guard

Eduardo Inojosa Series 3 - Leg Drag Pass from Lasso Guard

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From inside his opponent's lasso guard, Eduardo first swims his hand inside the thigh and steps his knee in to block the leg, and with his other hand he grabs the bottom of the pants. From here he stacks his opponent, pulls his arm to break the lasso grip and brings it across the legs to grab the collar and finish with a nice leg drag pass ti side control.


Eduardo Inojosa Series 2 - Over-Under Pass from Closed Guard

Eduardo Inojosa Series 2 - Over-Under Pass from Closed Guard

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From inside the closed guard, Eduardo again uses the double lapel and sleeve grips to stand up and pushes the knee to open the guard. Before his opponent's hips lands on the ground, he swims his arm underneath the leg and makes a lapel grip, and then he stuffs the other leg between his own. Here he pinches the leg tight with his own legs and keeps a heavy shoulder pressure on his opponent. Now he walks toward the under side and steps over the leg to pass the guard and work to establish side control.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 1 - Closed Guard Pass Jumping Over the Leg

Eduardo Inojosa Series 1 - Closed Guard Pass Jumping Over the Leg

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Eduardo Inojosa is an active BJJ competitor and friends of the Ribeiro Brothers, as he comes from the same town in Manaus as they do. Here he shows one of his favorite passes from the closed guard. First he makes a double lapel grip with his elbow pressuring the hip, and his other hand makes a sleeve grip and pressures the arm into the stomach. He stands up and switches the sleeve grip to his other hand, and uses his free hand to press and open the knee. When the legs open, Eduardo switches his sleeve grip back to the same side lapel and uses his elbow to put pressure on the stomach, while his hand on the knee now makes a pants grip at the bottom of the leg and pushes it down. Now he jumps over the leg, and lands on the side with his shoulder pressuring the stomach. From here switches to the cross face and hugs the legs to establish his side control position.

Inside the University 470 - Pushing Yourself Out of a Hole

Inside the University 470 - Pushing Yourself Out of a Hole

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Using the idea of pushing himself up out of a hole, Xande explains the importance of pushing at the correct angle when escaping side control or recovering guard. When he pushes off his opponent, his arms directed down from his body, not away in front. This gives him the leverage and space he needs to escape and recover.

Inside the University 469 - Anticipating Side Control

Inside the University 469 - Anticipating Side Control

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Xande emphasizes a very important point that he is not so much playing guard at this point as he is anticipating and defending side control. With that in mind, his continuous focus is on keeping his foot out wide to keep stepping and escaping his hips so he has the space to bring his elbow frame inside. It's also very important that he does not get stuck flat on his back, and he is always working from his side.

Inside the University 468 - Replacing Guard when Opponent Reaches His Arm Across

Inside the University 468 - Replacing Guard when Opponent Reaches His Arm Across

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Xande's opponent does the old school pass, and this time he gets to the side and puts his arm across Xande's body to trap him with his forearm. Xande's reaction is to flare his outside leg out as wide as he can, and do an explosive bridge and hip escape to create as much space as possible. Now he can bring his forearm in to block his opponent's hips and recover his guard. Ideally Xande will react immediately and not give his opponent time to settle in.

Inside the University 467 - Avoiding the Wrist Lock

Inside the University 467 - Avoiding the Wrist Lock

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Answering a question of whether or not he is concerned about getting wrist locked while posting his hand on the hip, Xande details how he is only pushing with his palm and not placing his whole hand underneath the hip. By keeping his hand on the outside, he is safe from the wrist lock. He also points out the importance of keeping the other hand posted on the shoulder to prevent the pass while he's pushing off to escape his hips.

Inside the University 466 - Defending the Old School Pass when Opponent Keeps His Elbow Tight

Inside the University 466 - Defending the Old School Pass when Opponent Keeps His Elbow Tight

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This time when Xande's opponent reaches under the leg, he clamps his elbow shut and Xande cannot push it off as he did previously. Instead, Xande puts his hand on the hip and walks his shoulders out until his arm is straight, and he places his other hand on the shoulder. From here he walks his free leg out a little, turns his hips inside, and repeats until he has enough space to bring his knee back in and place his feet on the hips to recover guard.

Inside the University 465 - Opening the Elbow

Inside the University 465 - Opening the Elbow

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After watching students, Xande points out some key details of the guard recovery. The first is to immediately bring your hand to the elbow as soon as your opponent swims his arm under your leg. Also, make sure it's under the elbow rather than just on the side, so you can push it up and away with better leverage. It's very important to open his elbow and not let him keep his arm clamped down on your leg.

Inside the University 464 - Defending the Old School Pass

Inside the University 464 - Defending the Old School Pass

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Xande's opponent is attempting the old school pass, with one arm under his leg and reaching to his cross lapel, looking to stack and pass. The first thing Xande does is clamp down his leg on his opponent's arm. As his opponent reaches across, Xande cups the elbow and turns his leg to the inside as he pushes and turns to his side. Now he pushes off his bottom foot to hip escape, giving him the space he needs to bring his leg back in and recover guard.

Inside the University 463 - Impose Your Will

Inside the University 463 - Impose Your Will

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Xande gives a nice wrap up speech focusing on the importance of always trying hard, especially in competition. Having perfect technique is great, but sometimes you have to bring some extra effort and force things to happen, even if the technique isn't the cleanest. Impose your will and leave everything on the mat, and you won't have regrets when the tournament is over.

Inside the University 462 - Framing and Protecting Your Space

Inside the University 462 - Framing and Protecting Your Space

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Touching on the concept of personal space, Xande explains the importance of framing and not letting your opponent's close the distance. The more he's pressuring you while on top, the more uncomfortable you will be, so create space with your hips and place your frames to keep him at a distance.