Fredson Alves Series 9 - Defending the Berimbolo

Fredson Alves Series 9 - Defending the Berimbolo

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From the De La Riva guard, Fredson's opponent goes behind and attempts the berimbolo. Fredson's first reaction is to base his hand on his opponent's hip, and step his leg back and traps his opponent's knee with his other arm. Now he takes the hand off the hip and underhooks the arm closest to him, before stepping over to get in a good half guard position.


Fredson Alves Series 8 - Head and Arm Choke from Side Control

Fredson Alves Series 8 - Head and Arm Choke from Side Control

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From side control, Fredson controls underneath his opponent's head and grips the collar with his thumb inside. Next, he switches his hips toward his opponent's hips, and pulls his knees down toward him. He swims his head around his opponent's arm and traps it against his neck, where he can put the pressure and finish the choke.

Fredson Alves Series 7 - Loop Choke from Seated Guard

Fredson Alves Series 7 - Loop Choke from Seated Guard

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From the seated guard, Fredson controls the cross collar grip, posts on his other hand and raises his level above his opponent's and stands on his knee. He brings his arm over the back of his opponent's neck and puts his own head underneath his opponent's arm. Now he rolls underneath and his free arm reaches to the triceps and pulls to finish the loop choke.

Fredson Alves Series 6 - Double Unders Open Guard Pass

Fredson Alves Series 6 - Double Unders Open Guard Pass

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From the open guard, Fredson swims both arms under his opponent's legs and controls at the knees. He steps his feet toward his opponent and sits back, keeping control of the legs. Depending on how his opponent reacts, he can choose which side to pass by throwing the legs down and sitting up to side control.

Fredson Alves Series 5 - Armbar from Half Guard on Top

Fredson Alves Series 5 - Armbar from Half Guard on Top

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From the half guard, Fredson gets the underhook and controls his opponent's arm at the elbow, and pulls him to his side. He turns his hips in to free his knee out of the half guard, and then knee cuts while stepping his other leg over the head. From here, he spins over the head and sets up the arm bar.

Fredson Alves Series 4 - X-Guard Scissors Sweep

Fredson Alves Series 4 - X-Guard Scissors Sweep

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Fredson uses the same X-guard setup from the seated guard to get his first hook in place, and brings his arm underneath the leg. His opponent is standing, but drops his base to keep his weight on top of Fredson. Fredson chops the heel and pushes with his hook in a scissors sweep motion to sweep his opponent backward.

Fredson Alves Series 3 - X-Guard Back Roll Sweep

Fredson Alves Series 3 - X-Guard Back Roll Sweep

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Fredson uses the same set up to get to the X-guard, but now instead of staying on his knee, his opponent stands up to try to escape. Fredson uses the space to place the other X-guard hook and bring his arm under the leg. Now he switches his grip from the collar to the back of his opponent's gi, and uses his legs to lift his opponent and does a back roll to finish the sweep.

Fredson Alves Series 2 - Setting Up X-Guard from Seated Guard and Sweeping

Fredson Alves Series 2 - Setting Up X-Guard from Seated Guard and Sweeping

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Fredson now begins in the seated guard with a collar and knee grip. He stretches his leg underneath his opponent's legs and pulls his weight on top of him to set up the X-guard hooks. From the X-guard, depending on his opponent's reaction, Fredson has many sweeping options, and shows a few of his favorites.

Fredson Alves Series 1 - Pulling X-Guard and Sweeping Your Opponent Backward

Fredson Alves Series 1 - Pulling X-Guard and Sweeping Your Opponent Backward

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Fredson Alves, black belt under Gracie Humaita, and one of the most accomplished black belts from the Northeast region of Brazil, begins his seminar by showing how he pulls X-guard and immediately sets up a sweep. While standing, Fredson gets the collar and sleeve grips, places his foot on the hip and pulls guard. He turns to is hip and makes a grip on the pants before shooting his leg underneath and setting up the X-guard hooks. He passes his opponent's leg over his head, and while controlling the hips, he turns and sweeps his opponent backwards.

Inside The University 265 - X-Guard Sweep (Darragh O Connaill)

Inside The University 265 - X-Guard Sweep (Darragh O Connaill)

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Darragh O Connaill shows a favorite sweep of his from the X-guard. Starting in the X-guard, Darragh's opponent plants his hands in front to keep his balance, so he grabs the near arm and feeds it to his hand that is holding the leg. His other hand grips the collar and his opponent reacts by standing up taller. Darragh uses this opportunity to lift him with his hooks, and sweep him backwards.

Inside The University 264 - Butterfly Guard Pass

Inside The University 264 - Butterfly Guard Pass

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While in his opponent's butterfly guard, Saulo hops up and creates space, giving him many options to pass to the side or to stay connected to his opponent. If given the space, he can choose a side and pass.

Inside The University 263 - Butterfly Guard Pass Using Your Knee

Inside The University 263 - Butterfly Guard Pass Using Your Knee

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Saulo shows a pass from the butterfly guard when your opponent is very close and tight with his hooks and his grips. Now Saulo's reaction is to step up one knee on the outside of his opponent's leg, and twist his body to push aside the leg, allowing him the space to pass the guard.