Inside the University 657 - Knee Slice Pass Variation from Half Guard

Inside the University 657 - Knee Slice Pass Variation from Half Guard

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Now Gustavo Dias shows a guard pass he used on his way to double gold in Europe. From top in half guard, he reaches under the head and keeps heavy shoulder pressure on his opponent. He feeds the lapel to his hand to increase his control, and he grips the pants at the knee. While stretching the leg away from him, he frees his knee and raises his hips to turn and begin his knee slice pass. He keeps his head heavy across his opponent's body and frees his leg to establish side control.


Inside the University 656 - Triangle from Butterfly Guard

Inside the University 656 - Triangle from Butterfly Guard

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Victor Hugo shows the triangle setup he used to finish his final fight. After pulling guard, he tries for a hook sweep, but his opponent keeps a heavy base and posts on Victor's knee. Victor grabs the wrist and pushes it in, and brings his bottom foot to the thigh and his top leg over the shoulder as he would for an omoplata. His opponent reacts by posturing up, so Victor throws his legs up and locks his feet to set up his triangle. Now he can bring the arm across and adjust the triangle to submit.

Inside the University 655 - Back Step Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 655 - Back Step Half Guard Pass

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Continuing the lessons from the champions at the Europeans, Professor Frank shows his half guard pass he used to win the final. While on top and failing to mount, Frank pulls out his opponent's lapel and feeds it behind the neck, making a strong cross face grip as he sits back into half guard. He slides his free leg in to block his opponent's hip, and grips his opponent's pants at the knee. Now he leans back a little, baiting his opponent to unlock his legs and bridge, giving Frank the opening he needs to back step his leg and gain side control.

Inside the University 654 - O Goshi with Grip Over the Arm

Inside the University 654 - O Goshi with Grip Over the Arm

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In this scenario, which is what happened in Xande's fight, his opponent blocks his hip, preventing Xande from going under the arm and grabbing the belt. Instead, Xande reaches over the arm to make his grip. He also keeps heavy with his collar grip and uses a stiff arm to keep his opponent at bay if he tries to close the distance. Using the same fundamentals as the traditional o goshi, Xande steps in and tosses his opponent over his hip.

Inside the University 653 - Creating the Angle to Throw

Inside the University 653 - Creating the Angle to Throw

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When Xande goes for the o goshi, he needs his opponent at the proper angle in order to throw him. He likes to set this up by sweeping at the foot and faking that he wants to throw him toward his back. His opponent reacts by stepping over Xande's foot and backing up. This gives Xande the space and angle he needs to step in and finish the throw.

Inside the University 652 - Traditional O Goshi (Hip Toss) Takedown

Inside the University 652 - Traditional O Goshi (Hip Toss) Takedown

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Starting with the classic judo sleeve grip, Xande reaches behind his opponent's back and grabs his belt. He steps his feet in the same as he would for a seoi nage, but he makes sure that his hip passes his opponent's hip, preventing him from stepping around Xande. Now by bending over, he picks his opponent up on his hip and continues his momentum, throwing him over his lower back and down to the floor in front of him.

Inside the University 651 - Finishing the Triangle when Opponent Hides His Arm

Inside the University 651 - Finishing the Triangle when Opponent Hides His Arm

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This time after Rene bites and gets the diamond position, his opponent hides his arm on the outside of the leg. Rene gets his safety lock and readjusts his position the same as before. He reaches across to grab the arm and his other hand grabs the wrist to attack a kimura. His opponent will usually defend by straightening his arm, and this gives Rene the opportunity to drag the arm across and finish the triangle.

Inside the University 650 - Avoid Getting Stacked in the Triangle

Inside the University 650 - Avoid Getting Stacked in the Triangle

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After locking the triangle, sometimes your opponent will try to stack you to break free. In this case, you can push your own knee that is over the shoulder, and keep your arm stiff. Now any forward momentum your opponent gains should also push your body and help prevent him from stacking you.

Inside the University 649 - Key Details to Finish the Triangle

Inside the University 649 - Key Details to Finish the Triangle

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Touching on some key details to finish the triangle after he has adjusted his hips and locked his legs, Rene first makes sure his feet are flexed so the the back of his legs are tight. Next he flexes his legs to bring his ankles down, and then squeezes his knees together. This should make his triangle tight enough that he doesn't need to pull the head down to finish, but that is also an option.

Inside the University 648 - Setting Up the Triangle with the Diamond Position

Inside the University 648 - Setting Up the Triangle with the Diamond Position

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Starting from his closed guard, Rene controls his opponent's arm on his torso, raises his hips and "bites" his legs to the diamond position. The diamond position is his first step to the triangle, where his top thigh is connected to the neck and his feet are crossed behind the head. Next he reaches across to control the inside arm and drag it across his body. He uses his legs to pull his opponent down and his other hand grabs his shin to create his safety lock. Now he can place his foot on the hip to adjust his angle and lock his triangle.

Inside the University 647 - Training Camp Wrap Up Speech

Inside the University 647 - Training Camp Wrap Up Speech

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To finish the European Championship training camp, Saulo and Xande each say some words before leaving to compete.

Inside the University 646 - Xande Sparring

Inside the University 646 - Xande Sparring

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Xande spars with student before European Championship.