Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 5 - Cross Choke Details

Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 5 - Cross Choke Details

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Xande has the cross collar grip is looking for the cross choke. His hand starts in the 12 o'clock position, and when he is ready to make his first choke grip, he turns it slightly to 1 o'clock, placing his wrist bone under the chin. Now his second hand comes over the shoulder, and grabs the back of the gi, mainly with his last three fingers, and his frame bone runs along side the neck. Another small detail is when he makes second grip and is ready to choke, his head moves across to that side just an inch or two, to get that extra leverage.


Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 4 - Closing the Guard

Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 4 - Closing the Guard

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Now Xande's opponent uses the same two methods of smashing the shield and stepping over as previously shown, but rather than just recovering the classic guard, Xande wishes to close his guard. So following the same steps in the previous drills, once Xande recovers his first foot back on the hip, instead of setting up his knee shield, he straightens his leg, bites down on the back and closes his guard.

Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 3 - Retention when Opponent Steps Over

Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 3 - Retention when Opponent Steps Over

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Another common situation when Xande is playing the classic guard, is his opponent stepping over Xande's leg and then smashing his shield. Xande's first reaction is to trap his opponent's other leg in the half guard, and straightens his shield leg to create some space while extending his upper body and pulling the sleeve. Now he brings his bottom foot back to the hip, pushes off to escape his hips, and resets his knee shield.

Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 2 - Retention when Opponent Smashes the Shield

Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 2 - Retention when Opponent Smashes the Shield

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When Xande is playing the collar and sleeve guard, the most common reaction from his opponent is to smash the knee shield and put his weight on Xande. Xande always keeps his arm on the collar straight to keep the distance. Using both feet on the hips, Xande pushes off to hip escape, replaces his shield and resets his classic guard. This exercise can be done over and over as a good drill to practice.

Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 1 - Setting Up the Collar and Sleeve Guard

Xande's Classic Collar and Sleeve Guard 1 - Setting Up the Collar and Sleeve Guard

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Starting from the closed guard, Xande opens the collar and punches his hand up to make his collar grip, and keeps his arm straight to control his opponent. Next he makes the sleeve grip, and opens his elbow a little to pull the the sleeve up where he is stronger with the grip. Now he places his opposite foot on the mat and escapes his hips, placing his other foot on the hip. Finally, he brings his knee inside and up to the shoulder to make his shield. He can also do a more advanced variation where he does not place his foot on the mat, but uses his leverage to shake his hips to the side instead.

Inside the University 368 - Taking the Back from Turtle

Inside the University 368 - Taking the Back from Turtle

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Continuing from the sweep in his last lesson, Gustavo starts with grips on both pants and his opponent on all fours. He moves to the right side and reaches underneath and across to grab the lapel. He pulls up on his pants grip and drops his weight down with his shoulder to flatten his opponent. His opponent reacts by pushing himself back up, which gives Gustavo the space to jump over the back to the other side, sink in his hook, and continue rolling til he is on the back.

Inside the University 367 - Butterfly to X-Guard to Back Take

Inside the University 367 - Butterfly to X-Guard to Back Take

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Moving on to his final match, Gustavo shows a back take he used, starting from the butterfly guard. With his underhook grabbing the belt and his other hand grabbing the elbow, he attempts the basic butterfly sweep, causing his opponent to post on his leg. Gustavo reaches to grab the leg, and scoots underneath, bringing his other foot to the hip and setting up the X-guard. From here, he swims his arm under the leg and forces the knee to his chest, and drops his hook from the hip to the shin and forces his opponent to his knees. Next he passes the leg over his head, hooks behind the knee and grips both pant legs. Now he pulls his opponent's weight on him before pushing him forward and coming to the top to attack the back.

Inside the University 366 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Inside the University 366 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

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Gustavo continues his lesson on passing the knee shield guard, Gustavo has switched the side he is on and is looking to finish the pass. Gustavo's knee is behind his opponent's thighs and his weight on top of his the legs. His opponent frames at Gustavo's neck, so makes a same side grip on the collar, and feeds to his other hand, threatening the choke. Now he uses the leverage to keep his weight on him, and pass to the original side and establish side control.

Inside the University 365 - Changing Sides to Pass the Knee Shield Guard

Inside the University 365 - Changing Sides to Pass the Knee Shield Guard

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Guest Instructor and World Silver Medalist, Gustavo Dias, discusses his experience competing in Russia, and shows some of the positions he used at the tournament. His first opponent had pulled him to half guard, and was playing guard with a knee shield. Gustavo uses his hand to block his opponent's hip and forced his weight on him, causing his opponent to push back. Gustavo uses this opportunity to get up on his toes, and run around to the other side, forcing the legs down in the opposite direction. Now he can put his weight on his opponent and get head control before working to pass the guard.

Inside the University 364 - Replacing Guard from Over Under

Inside the University 364 - Replacing Guard from Over Under

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Saulo's opponent now has over under control and is looking to pass the guard. Saulo's first move is to keep his arm tight to his own body and pushing his opponent's shoulder. Using his free leg, he pushes off the mat to shrimp, and uses his knee to push his opponent at his side. Now he has the position and leverage to escape, replace or attack.

Inside the University 363 - Replacing Guard from Double Unders when Opponent Stacks

Inside the University 363 - Replacing Guard from Double Unders when Opponent Stacks

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Saulo's opponent has double unders, so Saulo escapes his hips as he did before, but now his opponent stacks and really puts the pressure on Saulo to that side. Saulo's reaction is to turn more to that side, and bring his leg off the shoulder and down to the mat. Now he pushes his opponent's arm, and scoots his hips back to free his leg. From here, he has different options, such as replacing the guard or attacking the back.

Inside the University 362 - Replacing Guard from Double Unders

Inside the University 362 - Replacing Guard from Double Unders

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Saulo's opponent has double unders on him, so the first thing Saulo does is escape his hips by pushing off the shoulder with his leg. Staying on his hip, Saulo keeps scooting with his opponent if he insists on driving the pressure to that side. When he has created the space, he snakes his knee back in between him and his opponent, replacing the guard.