Inside the University 585 - Controlling the Hips when You Take the Back

Inside the University 585 - Controlling the Hips when You Take the Back

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Stressing a key point, Xande shows the importance of controlling your opponent's hips when attempting to take the back. Xande uses his elbow to keep pressure down and make sure the hips stay on the floor, and his opponent cannot roll. If his opponent is able to roll away, Xande waits for the space between the hip and the floor, and then places his inside hook first. Then he can control and look for the second hook.


Inside the University 584 - Taking the Back from the Drag Position

Inside the University 584 - Taking the Back from the Drag Position

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Xande starts off from the drag position he ends up in after passing the guard, and now decides he wants to take the back. He first grips the far lapel and uses his elbow to pressure down the legs. With his other shoulder, he raises his opponent's top elbow and walks around til he can pass his head and get to the back. Now he makes a seatbelt grip, brings his knee up to the bottom shoulder, throws his other leg over the body and sits back to take back control.

Inside the University 583 - Applying Pressure for the Side Smash

Inside the University 583 - Applying Pressure for the Side Smash

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Xande points out the importance of applying constant pressure while using the side smash pass. First of all, he doesn't let his arm get stuck between his body and his legs, because doing so would mean he has to release pressure to get his arm out. Also, he always makes sure his head is low, and in turn his chest will be heavy on his opponent.

Inside the University 582 - Side Smash Pass to Leg Drag when Opponent Pushes You Away

Inside the University 582 - Side Smash Pass to Leg Drag when Opponent Pushes You Away

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Xande has set up his base position on top, sitting on his opponent's hooks with his elbows inside the knees. This time his opponent tries to push him away with the hooks, so Xande straightens his legs and raises his hips to absorb the push. Now his elbow has come to the outside, so he can push the legs and get to the side smash. This time instead of mounting, he grips the bottom leg, shoves the top leg with his knee, then steps back and replaces his knee with his other knee, setting in a leg drag position.

Inside the University 581 - Side Smash Pass to Mount

Inside the University 581 - Side Smash Pass to Mount

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From a standing position, Xande steps in and pushes his opponent's hooks between his legs, and keeps his elbows on the outside, pinching the knees together. He pushes in to cause the reaction of his opponent pushing out, and then steps to one side, places his head on the chest and drops his weight on top of the legs. From here, his hand blocks the leg, he places his knee at the hip and his arm under the head, then he steps his other leg over to mount.

Inside the University 580 - Basic Escrima Pass

Inside the University 580 - Basic Escrima Pass

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Setting up his escrima pass, Xande engages his opponent's guard, closing the distance and stepping over his hooks. He places one hand on the mat and his head on the chest, facing the other side. With his elbow inside his opponent's knee, he walks a couple steps to the side on his toes, keeping his weight heavy. Now he cups the thigh and breaks his hip to the side he is passing. Now he walks on his toes til he clears his opponent's legs and can establish side control.

Inside the University 579 - Foot Lock Escape

Inside the University 579 - Foot Lock Escape

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Now showing the defense to his foot lock submission, Bernardo's first objective is to close the distance between him and his opponent by grabbing whatever he can and pulling himself in. Then he looks to push the foot off his hip and scoot over his opponent's leg. A point of focus is to react as soon as possible to increase your chance of survival.

Inside the University 578 - Finishing the Foot Lock when Opponent Grabs Your Lapel

Inside the University 578 - Finishing the Foot Lock when Opponent Grabs Your Lapel

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In this scenario, Bernardo's opponent tries to defend the foot lock by grabbing his lapel and pulling to him. While keeping his hold on the foot, Bernardo escapes his hips just enough to bring his inside leg across his opponent's leg, placing his foot on the hip. Now he pinches his knees together and leans back to finish the foot lock.

Inside the University 577 - Fine Tuning the Foot Lock

Inside the University 577 - Fine Tuning the Foot Lock

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Refining a few details on the foot lock, Bernardo shows the importance of staying close and connected to your opponent when you sit down, so you don't let him come up. Also, he makes sure his forearm is under the Achilles tendon and squeezes his elbow in. Much of his power to finish comes from arching his back. Finally, he makes sure to keep the other leg away at a distance, either by pushing with his hand or foot.

Inside the University 576 - Foot Lock from Open Guard on Top

Inside the University 576 - Foot Lock from Open Guard on Top

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In this BJJ Library class, guest instructor from Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Sydney Australia, Bernard "Trekko" Magalhaes, shows some variations of the foot lock. While passing the guard standing, from a headquarters position, he keeps one hand on the chest to keep his opponent down and his other arm hugs his opponent's foot to his hip. When ready to attack, he sits back wrapping his arm around the shin, places his outside foot on the hip and feeds the collar to his attacking hand. The common reaction from his opponent is to push the foot off the hip and scoot over his leg, so when that happens, Bernardo turns belly down to the outside, posts his free hand and sprawls his hips as he looks up to finish the foot lock.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 14 - Switching Sides when Opponent Turns on His Side

Xande's Dominant Control Series 14 - Switching Sides when Opponent Turns on His Side

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In this technique, Xande shows how to transition from side to side when you can't keep your opponent flat and he turns to his side. From hip to hip control, Xande posts his hand on the mat and steps his leg over the head. Next he rotates his upper body to place his other arm in front of his opponent's body, and he takes a big long step backward, ending up behind the back. Now he looks to grab the collar and pull his opponent flat as he reestablishes hip to hip control.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 13 - Kimura from Hip to Shoulder to North-South Transition

Xande's Dominant Control Series 13 - Kimura from Hip to Shoulder to North-South Transition

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Xande has hip to shoulder control with a grip on the belt, trapping the far arm, and his opponent is not giving up the arm as he did in previous techniques. Looking to get the arm, Xande walks to north south and drops pressure on the face, causing his opponent to react by turning into him. Xande gives him some space to turn and uses his shoulder to push the arm across, where he can grab the wrist with his other hand and get his Kimura trap. Now he steps his knee over the arm, pinches his knees to trap his opponent and cranks to finish the Kimura.