Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 6 - Cross Choke from the Mount

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 6 - Cross Choke from the Mount

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Xande has passed the guard and has his opponent mounted. Now it's time to go for his all time favorite choke. Pulling the lapel down, Xande slides his other hand down the neck, with his thumb inside the collar and four fingers outside. Next he traps the elbow and slides to the technical mount position. Here he uses his forearm to open the neck, and slides his other collar grip in place with the thumb inside again. He now connects his wrists with the forearm across the throat, and drops his forehead to the mat as he tightens the choke.


Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 5 - Half Guard Pass to Mount Variation 2

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 5 - Half Guard Pass to Mount Variation 2

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After attempting the previously shown half guard pass to mount, Xande now shows the variation he was able to use against his opponent. From the quarter guard with the cross collar grip, Xande's opponent bumped him and turned on his side to defend. Xande used his knee on the stomach to keep pressure, swam his arm in for the underhook, and his knee now dropped to the mat in a knee cut position. However, Xande was looking for the mount, so he made the cross face grip, turned his hip in and slid his knee back across the stomach. Now he forces his knee down and opens his elbow to control his opponent's arm. Using his free foot, he blocks the leg and helps free his other foot to mount his opponent.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 4 - Half Guard Pass to Mount Variation 1

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 4 - Half Guard Pass to Mount Variation 1

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In his second fight, Xande was able to establish the half guard, and decided it would be best to pass straight to the mount. Here he shows the position he tried to use. As he turns his hips to his opponent, he feels him pushing, and uses the opportunity to free his knee. Xande tries to go straight to the mount, but his opponent turns away and blocks the knee, so Xande grabs the cross collar grip and threatens the choke. Now he has the position to pull the elbow and slide his knee to the mount.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 3 - Finishing the Kimura from Deep Half Guard

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 3 - Finishing the Kimura from Deep Half Guard

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Continuing where the last position left off, Xande is on top in the deep half guard, and has the arm trapped, ready to attack the Kimura. Xande keeps the arm hugged tight to his body, and he leans back to create the space to slide his other arm underneath. Now he switches his hands, grabs his opponent's wrist, and then his own, locking the Kimura grip. His opponent is now defending by holding his hands tight together, so Xande shows two options to break his grip and finish. First, he kicks his leg straight as he pulls the arm back hard with his body, breaking the grip. Another option is to lower his head to the mat, roll over his shoulder, and finish with his leg on top of the head, where he can easily break the grip and finish.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 2 - Kimura Setup from Deep Half Guard

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 2 - Kimura Setup from Deep Half Guard

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During his first fight, Xande's opponent put him in his deep half guard. Xande's first step is to get the underhook and sprawl, putting the weight from his hips on the face. Now he walks his foot til his leg is on the other side of the head. From here, he sits back on the head and opens the arm with his underhook to set up the kimura.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 1 - Collar Drag to Single Leg

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 1 - Collar Drag to Single Leg

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In this series, Xande breaks down the key positions that happened in his fights on his way to Gold at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. In his first fight, he pulled guard and attempted a scissors sweep, but his opponent's base was strong, so he turned his hips back and went for an armbar. His opponent reacted by backing away, so still with the collar and sleeve grips, Xande tried to kick the knee and collar drag. To defend, his opponent stepped his inside knee up, so Xande used the momentum to sit up and switch from the drag to the single leg, coming up and finishing the sweep.

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 15 - Sweep when Opponent Steps to the Negative Side

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 15 - Sweep when Opponent Steps to the Negative Side

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Eduardo has the Rocha House with both lapel grips, and this time his opponent steps back to the negative side. Eduardo keeps his legs squeezing the leg as he swings them away and brings his arm underneath. Now he turns back in and grabs the lapel as he comes to the top. Another variation is to reach his top leg across and hook behind the far knee. Now he punches the lapel as he escapes his hips and elevates his hook. This gives him the space to come on top to finish the sweep and set up a knee cut pass.

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 14 - Single Leg when Opponent Tries to Back Away

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 14 - Single Leg when Opponent Tries to Back Away

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Eduardo has the Rocha House set up with both grips pulling the lapel, but now his opponent reacts by trying to back away. Eduardo drops both his hooks and makes an S-position with his legs. He posts his hand on the mat and drives his head into the hips as he stands up grabbing the single leg. He grabs the heel and pulls his opponent in before sweeping the other foot to finish the takedown.

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 13 - Sit Up to Single Leg

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 13 - Sit Up to Single Leg

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From the Rocha House position with both grips on the lapel, Eduardo wants to dive his head under for the previous sweep, but his opponent drops his knee on him first. Eduardo kicks him forward with his leg to make him step a little, turns to his side and bumps again with his other leg. Now he has room to grab the leg and stand up for the single leg takedown.

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 12 - Sweep when Opponent Stands Up

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 12 - Sweep when Opponent Stands Up

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Eduardo sets up the Rocha House with the collar grip between the legs, but now his opponent stands up right away. Eduardo grabs the collar with his other hand, and uses both grips to pull and break the posture. He dives his head inside, using his leg to bump his opponent forward. Now he grabs the far leg, and swings both of his legs back the other direction to finish the sweep.

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 11 - Sweep with Sleeve Grip Between the Legs

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 11 - Sweep with Sleeve Grip Between the Legs

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Eduardo sets up the Rocha House, but now he get the far sleeve grip and feeds it between the legs. His free hand reaches over the shoulder and grabs the back. Now he can rock his opponent forward, and easily sweep him since he has no post on that side. Eduardo lands heavy on the thigh, ready to slide his knee across the leg for the pass.

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 10 - Helicopter Sweep to the Back

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 10 - Helicopter Sweep to the Back

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Eduardo sets up the Rocha House with the collar grip between the legs, and his opponent is pushing him back, not letting him get close. He grabs the near sleeve that is pushing him, puts his bottom hook on the mat, and releases his collar grip to grab the ankle. He swings his leg back and rolls, inverting with his legs across the body. He continues to spin and uses his foot behind the knee to push the leg away, and rolls up in position to attack the back.