Inside the University 845 - Omoplata from Classic Guard

Inside the University 845 - Omoplata from Classic Guard

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Now showing one of his favorite go to attacks from the classic guard, Xande breaks down his omoplata. When his opponent walks to the side and steps over his leg, Xande uses his legs to scissor his opponent's leg and stop his progress. He brings his bottom foot to the far hip and squares his hips, using his momentum to continue his hip rotation and attack the omoplata right away.


Inside the University 844 - Shin to Hip Connection in Classic Guard

Inside the University 844 - Shin to Hip Connection in Classic Guard

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Xande breaks down some core concepts of the classic guard, and explains how getting in position to scissors sweep is his go to first action. From here he can look for other attacks and come back to the scissors if they don't succeed. He also stresses the importance of your shin bone staying connected to your opponent's hip bone while playing classic guard.

Inside the University 843 - Principles of the Classic Guard

Inside the University 843 - Principles of the Classic Guard

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Now Xande goes into detail on his classic guard, using collar and sleeve grips with both feet on the hips. He goes over the common scenario of his opponent stepping over one leg to pass, and how he can replace the guard, and also set up some attacks while doing so.

Inside the University 842 - Rolling Belly Down Step by Step

Inside the University 842 - Rolling Belly Down Step by Step

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Now that we have the basic movements down, Xande shows how to use them to roll belly down and back to his original base. He also shows how these movements are applied in a practical situation.

Inside the University 841 - Resetting Your Hips

Inside the University 841 - Resetting Your Hips

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Moving on with the mobility drills, Xande breaks down the movement to reset his hips, and shows how it applies to recovering your guard.

Inside the University 840 - Mobility Floor Drills

Inside the University 840 - Mobility Floor Drills

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After lots of world traveling, Professor Xande is back at the University to teach some mobility drills that will tie into his movements he uses for the classic guard. To warm up, he shows a few simple movements, making a point to always keep his feet on the mat as he does them.

Inside the University 839 - Kata Gatame and Ezekiel Choke from Mount

Inside the University 839 - Kata Gatame and Ezekiel Choke from Mount

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Having passed the guard to mount, Victor now looks to finish his opponent. His first option is to switch his head to the other side, trapping the arm against the neck and clasping his hands. He can leave mount to that side and finish the kata gatame choke. Another option while in mount is to grab his own sleeve and finish an Ezekiel choke.

Inside the University 838 - Mounting when Your Opponent Is on His Side

Inside the University 838 - Mounting when Your Opponent Is on His Side

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Victor shows how it is easier for him to mount his opponent if he can get him flat on his back, but in the case he goes all the way to his side, his strategy changes a little. With his knee between the legs, he controls the near elbow and drops his head on the near side of his opponent's head. Now he can slide his legs to mount his opponent.

Inside the University 837 - Side Smash Pass to Mount

Inside the University 837 - Side Smash Pass to Mount

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This time when Victor gets to his guard passing angle, his opponent places his knee shield and pushes him away. Victor walks to the other side, flattening his opponent by keeping his hips heavy. Now he can step over the leg and establish mount.

Inside the University 836 - Creating the Angle to Pass the Guard

Inside the University 836 - Creating the Angle to Pass the Guard

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To begin the lesson, Professor Victor Hugo shows a drill to get in a good position to pass the guard. He places one hand on the knee and the other on the hip, and pushes the knee down as steps around to that side. Now at a 45 degree angle, his shin goes across the thigh and his forearm stays inside the other thigh to keep his opponent from making a shield.

Inside the University 835 - Finishing an Armbar with Your Shin Behind the Neck

Inside the University 835 - Finishing an Armbar with Your Shin Behind the Neck

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To finish up the lesson, Rene goes over some basic concepts of finishing an armbar when your shin is behind the neck, rather than over face. First he makes sure to control the wrist and keep the thumb facing up. He squeezes his knees together, and if his opponent sits up, he will follow and roll to maintain the armbar. He also turns his hips a little so they are facing his opponent's hips.

Inside the University 834 - Helicopter Armbar

Inside the University 834 - Helicopter Armbar

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After touching up some details on the chair sweep armbar, Rene shows another variation he can use from the foot on hip guard. Again he picks his opponent up off the mat with both of his feet, but instead of rolling backward for the balloon sweep, he turns his hips to spin his opponent into an armbar.