Inside the University 700 - Knee Bar and Sweep from Open Guard

Inside the University 700 - Knee Bar and Sweep from Open Guard

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After winning double gold at the Pan Ams, Victor Hugo shows the class his favorite submission and sweep he used in the tournament. With his opponent on top in the headquarters position, Victor controls the cross collar and the near pant leg. He pulls him in with the collar and kicks his hook to off balance him. In the case that his opponent brings his outside knee between Victor's legs, he locks a triangle on the leg and finishes a knee bar. In the other scenario where his opponent tries to pressure with his inside knee, Victor swims his leg underneath and pushes away as he kicks his leg to stand up. Still with his collar and pants grip, Victor can easily finish a single leg takedown.


Inside the University 699 - Parting Words from Professor Waseam

Inside the University 699 - Parting Words from Professor Waseam

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To finish up his class at the University, Professor Waseam says some final words encompassing his last 8 years in San Diego, training under Saulo and Xande Ribeiro.

Inside the University 698 - Triangle Setup Variation from Closed Guard

Inside the University 698 - Triangle Setup Variation from Closed Guard

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Using the same beginning steps as the last triangle setup, Waseem swims his arms in, pulls his opponent in and reaches over to grab the armpit. This time when he grabs the wrist, his opponent resists when he tries to push the arm inside as he did before. So now Waseem turns his palm out and pushes the arm to the outside, giving him space to throw his leg over and setup his triangle.

Inside the University 697 - Triangle Setup from Closed Guard

Inside the University 697 - Triangle Setup from Closed Guard

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In his last class at the University before moving out of state, Professor Waseem Dannaoui teaches his favorite triangle setup. From the closed guard, he swims his hands inside his opponent's arms to grab the back of the head and triceps, and he pulls them tight to his body, using his legs at the same time to help. Next he plants his foot on the mat and escapes his hips to the side of his triceps grip. He lets go of the arm and reaches across the back of the head, cupping his hand in his opponent's armpit. Now he can let go of the head and push the wrist in, allowing him to throw his leg behind the head. His hand in the armpit grabs his shin to secure the triangle until he can adjust his hips and lock it tight with his other leg.

Inside the University 696 - Modified Scissors Sweep when Opponent is Standing

Inside the University 696 - Modified Scissors Sweep when Opponent is Standing

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Now Paplegua shows one of his favorite sweeps when his opponent stands up. Switching from a classic collar and sleeve guard, while on his side he grabs the pants with his arm under his leg, and his other foot goes between his opponent's leg. From here, Papalegua can push and pull to off balance his opponent, and eventually his opponent will try to pass toward the pants grip leg. As he shifts his weight in that direction, Papalegua releases the pants and grabs the triceps, then scissor kicks his legs to sweep his opponent. He lands on top, already in a great position to knee cut pass the guard.

Inside the University 695 - Setting Up the Drag

Inside the University 695 - Setting Up the Drag

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Victor and Xande each breakdown some details on how they set up the drag Victor showed, using the collar and sleeve guard, and the foot in the biceps.

Inside the University 694 - Single Leg Sweep from Lasso Guard

Inside the University 694 - Single Leg Sweep from Lasso Guard

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Now Victor Hugo, Double Gold Pan Am Champ, shows one of his favorite sweeps from the lasso guard. Starting with a cross collar and sleeve grip, Victor throw his lasso hook in place, while his other foot controls the biceps. His opponent will usually react by stepping back to base himself, so Victor releases his lasso hook and moves his foot in the biceps to the knee. Next he pushes the knee away as he swings his free leg like a pendulum to sit up to S position and grab the single leg. To finish the sweep, he pushes his weight down on the collar and drives into the single leg. Sometimes he will also be able to attack the back from this position.

Inside the University 693 - Recovering from Half Guard

Inside the University 693 - Recovering from Half Guard

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Now Xande shows how to approach the previous half guard passes if you are on bottom. His first detail is to never stay flat on your back. He immediately turns to his side and brings his elbow in. As his opponent reaches the arm over and turns his base, Xande pushes with his elbow frame, and escapes his hips. Sometimes he can take the back and sometimes he will just recover his guard.

Inside the University 692 - Keeping Your Elbow and Knee Connected

Inside the University 692 - Keeping Your Elbow and Knee Connected

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Now Xande breaks down the key detail of keeping your elbow and knee connected as you bring your knee to the mat in a three quarter mount. Xande keeps his knee inside his elbow until he has stapled his knee to the mat. Only then does he remove his arm to go for the underhook.

Inside the University 691 - Passing Half Guard when Your Opponent Blocks Your Arm

Inside the University 691 - Passing Half Guard when Your Opponent Blocks Your Arm

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Now from inside the half guard, when Xande tries to get his arm under the head, his opponent frames and blocks his arm. Xande swims his arm to the inside and punches the opposite arm with the inside of his elbow as he switches his hips to face his opponent. From here he follows the same steps as before to free his knee and get to the mount.

Inside the University 690 - Mounting from the Half Guard

Inside the University 690 - Mounting from the Half Guard

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From inside his opponent's half guard, Xande has his chest on the chest, one arm deep under the head pulling himself tight, and his other hand is posted on the mat close to his opponent's hip. He turns his hips to face his opponent, brings his knee up and connects his elbow to his knee. Keeping his connection, Xande brings his knee across the body and to the mat, and pushes his opponent's knee to free his leg even more into a three quarter mount. From here he gets an underhook, grabs the super hold and shoes two ways he can free his leg to get full mount.

Inside the University 689 - Keeping a Strong Base

Inside the University 689 - Keeping a Strong Base

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Xande discusses some details about keeping a strong base while standing up to pass the guard. When he gets into his combat stance, his knees are bent, his back is straight and his forearm is rested on his thigh. This gives him a strong base to work his passes and defend attacks.