Xande's Classic Guard 2 - Creating Movement with the Jack Lever

Xande's Classic Guard 2 - Creating Movement with the Jack Lever

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Now Xande shows how he can keep his diamond posture and use his jack lever, or bottom foot, to keep himself moving and following his opponent. He can use this as a drill by having his partner walk around him, and he uses his foot to pull him and stay in front of his partner.


Xande's Classic Guard 1 - Flaring Your Shin Shield and Using Your Blades

Xande's Classic Guard 1 - Flaring Your Shin Shield and Using Your Blades

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In this series Xande covers his favorite topic, the classic guard. He begins with a lesson on using his flare, which is his shin shield that he flares open and uses to break his opponent's grips on him. When his shield flares open to break the grips, he refers to this as his blade cutting through the arm. By doing this he can control where his opponent's arm is and open things up for attack.

Inside the University 923 - Faking the Leg Sweep

Inside the University 923 - Faking the Leg Sweep

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Polishing up some details on the O Goshi hip throw, Professor Tyrone emphasizes the importance of selling to your opponent that you want to sweep his leg, when you actually want to close the distance and throw him over your hip.

Inside the University 922 - O Goshi (Hip Throw) Takedown

Inside the University 922 - O Goshi (Hip Throw) Takedown

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Beginning with the classic stand up fight grips, Professor Tyrone lets go of the collar and reaches behind the back to grab his opponent's belt. His opponent will likely react by leaning forward to keep his hips back. Tyrone looks to sweep his opponent's leg to force him to step it back, opening up the space for Tyrone to turn in and toss his opponent over his hips.

Inside the University 921 - Seoi Nage Takedown

Inside the University 921 - Seoi Nage Takedown

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Having set up his lapel grip, Professor Tyrone uses it to shove his opponent away and down, causing his opponent to push back to try to regain his posture. As his opponent is coming back up, Tyrone grabs the lapel with his other hand and spins in to the Seoi Nage position, where he can lower his hips and throw his opponent over his shoulder.

Inside the University 920 - Setting Up Seoi Nage Grips

Inside the University 920 - Setting Up Seoi Nage Grips

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To begin this lesson, guest instructor Professor Tyrone shows how he sets up his grips for his favorite takedown to use in competition, the Seoi Nage.

Inside the University 919 - Staying Elegant in the Classic Guard

Inside the University 919 - Staying Elegant in the Classic Guard

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Now Xande goes over staying elegant, which is when he is on his side and his body is extended. From here he shows how he can break grips, and how he can trap the leg with a scissors motion and use the leverage to recover and maintain his classic guard. Finally he shows how these movements can lead to his submission attempts.

Inside the University 918 - Catching the Triangle from Classic Guard

Inside the University 918 - Catching the Triangle from Classic Guard

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Diving into some specifics about setting up and catching the triangle, Xande shows how he needs to be squared up to his opponent when he pulls him in, rather than trying to go at an angle. If he pulls from an angle, he opens himself up to getting passed right away, but when he pulls straight, his opponent has to brace himself and gives Xande a better opportunity to catch the triangle.

Inside the University 917 - Using Your Shin in the Classic Guard

Inside the University 917 - Using Your Shin in the Classic Guard

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Now from his classic guard, Xande shows how he can continuously fight his opponent's hand on his hip by using his shin. He can either circle it in or circle it out to break his opponent's grip, and then options to go foot on the biceps or even shoot up for omoplatas and triangles.

Inside the University 916 - Framing and Recovering Classic Guard

Inside the University 916 - Framing and Recovering Classic Guard

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As his opponent tries to pass to the side, Xande goes over his framing techniques and how he uses his footwork to recover his classic guard. He also covers some options to break his opponent's pants grip and keep inside control of the arm with his leg.

Inside the University 915 - The Importance of Your Bottom Foot while Playing Classic Guard

Inside the University 915 - The Importance of Your Bottom Foot while Playing Classic Guard

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To begin class, Sensei Xande breaks down the basics of the classic guard, including how to place his shield, but more important in this lesson is how he is using his bottom foot. His bottom foot is the one that helps him pivot and follow his opponent as he tries to pass the guard.

Inside the University 914 - Blocking with Your Head to Wheel Pass

Inside the University 914 - Blocking with Your Head to Wheel Pass

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Going over some finer points of the wheel pass, Gustavo shows how important it is for him to get his head below his opponent's head and into the chest when turning him for the wheel pass.