Inside the University 704 - Defending the Cross Collar Grip While Standing

Inside the University 704 - Defending the Cross Collar Grip While Standing

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Covering some standup work, Gustavo shows how he defends a strong cross collar grip. He first grabs the sleeve on the inside of the wrist with his cross hand, and then steps in and grabs over the back to make another grip. He keeps his posture up, and now looks to set up either a kouchi gari or uchi mata.


Inside the University 703 - Berimbolo to Leg Drag

Inside the University 703 - Berimbolo to Leg Drag

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Next up, another competitor teaches a berimbolo to leg drag sweep he used at the Pan Ams. Starting in De La Riva guard with the pants and cross collar grip, he then places his other foot on the near him and knocks his opponent down backward. He places his foot across the far hip now, and inverts to a berimbolo, with the leg in between his. He slides his knee under the leg and angles his shin to hook his foot behind the heel. Now he uses the leverage to roll back the way he came from, settling in the leg drag position.

Inside the University 702 - Passing the Guard if Your Opponent Doesn't Turn

Inside the University 702 - Passing the Guard if Your Opponent Doesn't Turn

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Sometimes while setting up the choke, your opponent will not turn into you, making it difficult to finish him. In this case, Victor opens his elbow, forcing his opponent's head to turn the other way, and then cuts his knee out of the half guard to side control.

Inside the University 701 - Cross Collar Choke Setup from Headquarters

Inside the University 701 - Cross Collar Choke Setup from Headquarters

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Now Victor Hugo is on top, in his opponent's open guard. He steps over the leg to headquarters position and inserts his knee to the hip, while controlling the cross collar grip. He finds a stable base here and his opponent will turn in to him, trying to stop him from passing. Victor uses his elbow to control the turn, and can pull him on his side more, sinking his cross grip in deep. Now he can grab the gi on the other side of the neck and finish a choke.

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.