Inside the University 461 - Escaping the Half Guard Smash

Inside the University 461 - Escaping the Half Guard Smash

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Xande's opponent is on top in his half guard with the underhook and a heavy shoulder, smashing Xande. His first reaction is to kind of punch his opponent's face with his biceps as he escapes his hips and gets on his side. Now with his other arm framing at the hip, he pushes his foot off the mat to escape his hips more and pry his top knee inside, and his other leg scissors his opponent's trapped leg. From here he can work to swivel his hips square and replace his full guard.


Inside the University 460 - Three Guard Passing Options

Inside the University 460 - Three Guard Passing Options

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Having just opened the guard, and still gripping the belt and the knee, Xande now covers three options to pass right away. First, he can simply stuff the leg between his legs as he steps over it, and then step over with his other leg to get to the side. The next is basically the same pass, except he jumps both his legs over rather than stepping one at a time. Finally, he bends over and stretches his legs away, clearing space for him to step around his opponent's legs to pass.

Inside the University 459 - Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 459 - Opening the Closed Guard

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From inside his opponent's closed guard, Xande first likes to grab the belt and keep his palm pressing on the belly, with his elbows turned inside. Next he moves back just a little to feel his opponent's reaction. Now with one hand on the belly and one on the hip, he stands up and keeps his knees pointed inside. From here he moves his hand from the hip to the knee, and pushes it down to open the guard. Now he has many options to begin passing.

Inside the University 458 - Single Leg and Sprawling Drills

Inside the University 458 - Single Leg and Sprawling Drills

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Xande shows a couple simple takedown drills to warm up. First he grabs a basic single leg, and then steps his inside leg to the outside as he pulls the leg up to his chest and presses his hips forward. The next drill his opponent drops to one knee and sets up a double leg, with his head on the outside. Xande places one hand on the head and underhooks the other arm, and then sprawls with his hip very heavy on the shoulder. Now he just spins around to the back to finish the drill.

Inside the University 457 - Finishing the Choke

Inside the University 457 - Finishing the Choke

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Correcting some mistakes and breaking down details, Saulo shows how he can fool his opponent into giving him what he wants. After breaking his posture, he is pulling him down and making him think he wants to stall. His opponent reacts by trying hard to pull his head up. As soon as he does, Saulo can place his second choking hand across the neck and finish.

Inside the University 456 - Guard Pull to Cross Collar Choke

Inside the University 456 - Guard Pull to Cross Collar Choke

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Saulo is unable to take his opponent down, so he decides to pull guard. With a cross collar grip, he places his same foot on the hip and pull closed guard, immediately breaking his opponent's posture. His free hand reaches over the head and grabs the other collar thumb in, or he can grab the cloth at the shoulder. Now he stretches his leg and punches the cross collar grip as he pivots his body to sink in the choke. Now he comes back to his guard to finish.

Inside the University 455 - Single Leg Takedown

Inside the University 455 - Single Leg Takedown

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Saulo is engaged with his opponent, but the guy is very stiff and hard to move, so his first move is to break his opponent's collar grip and drag the arm across. While keeping the same side sleeve grip, he makes a cross collar grip and pulls down heavy, as if he's hanging from the collar. From here, he drops down to grab the single leg and drives his opponent to the ground.

Inside the University 454 - Controlling the Stand Up Fight

Inside the University 454 - Controlling the Stand Up Fight

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When starting the fight, Saulo stresses the importance of being patient and not rushing to get the takedown. First engage with your grips, lower your level and keep your stance strong as you back your opponent down. If his opponent is standing strong and he wants to turn him instead, Saulo steps his back leg and pulls with his opposite arm, forcing his opponent to pivot. Using this kind of push, pull and spin tactic, he can dictate where the fight goes.

Inside the University 453 - Pre-Competition Mental Exercise

Inside the University 453 - Pre-Competition Mental Exercise

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In preparation for competition, Saulo has everyone close their eyes and focus as he guides them through a meditation to get their minds ready for battle. This type of visualization can be very beneficial for any athlete in both competition and day to day training.

Inside the University 452 - A Preview of More to Come

Inside the University 452 - A Preview of More to Come

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Wrapping up his class on deep half guard, Leonel Marra stresses the importance of practicing and repeating the positions in order to learn them. He also gives a nice preview of many more deep half guard techniques in his game that we can look forward to seeing from him in the future.

Inside the University 451 - Deep Half Guard Sweep to Foot Lock

Inside the University 451 - Deep Half Guard Sweep to Foot Lock

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Leonel hits his deep half guard sweep after his opponent cross faces him, as shown in the previous technique, and has established top position. He steps his knee up so that both of his opponent's legs are on top of his thigh. While still controlling the sleeve grip, his other arm wraps around the ankle to begin his foot lock attack, and he pulls the top leg across the bottom leg, and tucks his elbow in between. Now he steps his other leg so his knee is on the belly, and he sits back perpendicular, making sure to squeeze his knees the whole time as he finishes the foot lock.

Inside the University 450 - Deep Half Guard Sweep when Cross Faced

Inside the University 450 - Deep Half Guard Sweep when Cross Faced

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Again Leonel sets up his deep half guard with the sleeve grip fed behind his opponent's leg, escapes his shoulder and turn into his opponent to reach over the back and grab the belt. However, this time his opponent gets a strong cross face and puts heavy pressure on Leonel head. Now he turns back so his hips are facing up, and his hand that was grabbing the belt now grips the pants at the knee. To sweep, he bridges his hips, pushes the knee and rolls to come to the top. It is important to note that all these sweeping actions are done fast and simultaneously.