Inside the University 692 - Keeping Your Elbow and Knee Connected

Inside the University 692 - Keeping Your Elbow and Knee Connected

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Now Xande breaks down the key detail of keeping your elbow and knee connected as you bring your knee to the mat in a three quarter mount. Xande keeps his knee inside his elbow until he has stapled his knee to the mat. Only then does he remove his arm to go for the underhook.


Inside the University 691 - Passing Half Guard when Your Opponent Blocks Your Arm

Inside the University 691 - Passing Half Guard when Your Opponent Blocks Your Arm

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Now from inside the half guard, when Xande tries to get his arm under the head, his opponent frames and blocks his arm. Xande swims his arm to the inside and punches the opposite arm with the inside of his elbow as he switches his hips to face his opponent. From here he follows the same steps as before to free his knee and get to the mount.

Inside the University 690 - Mounting from the Half Guard

Inside the University 690 - Mounting from the Half Guard

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From inside his opponent's half guard, Xande has his chest on the chest, one arm deep under the head pulling himself tight, and his other hand is posted on the mat close to his opponent's hip. He turns his hips to face his opponent, brings his knee up and connects his elbow to his knee. Keeping his connection, Xande brings his knee across the body and to the mat, and pushes his opponent's knee to free his leg even more into a three quarter mount. From here he gets an underhook, grabs the super hold and shoes two ways he can free his leg to get full mount.

Inside the University 689 - Keeping a Strong Base

Inside the University 689 - Keeping a Strong Base

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Xande discusses some details about keeping a strong base while standing up to pass the guard. When he gets into his combat stance, his knees are bent, his back is straight and his forearm is rested on his thigh. This gives him a strong base to work his passes and defend attacks.

Inside the University 688 - Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 688 - Opening the Closed Guard

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Starting in his opponent's closed guard, Xande first makes his grip either on the lapel, belt or pants, and stands up with his knees pointing in to help keep his base. He makes a point of putting a lot of pressure in his opponent's stomach, and his other hand reaches back to open the legs. As soon as the legs open, he shifts his weight back and is ready to pass.

Inside the University 687 - Super Hold Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 687 - Super Hold Half Guard Pass

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Showing his strongest position, from inside the half guard, Xande makes his super hold grip with his palm under the head facing down and the palm under the armpit facing up. He windshield wipers his outside leg so that his toes are in his opponent's calf, stapling the leg down. With his chin on top of his hand, he gets up on his toes and brings his knee of his trapped leg up high. From here he can work toward the mount or cut it to outside to knee slide pass.

Inside the University 686 - Speed Takedown Drills

Inside the University 686 - Speed Takedown Drills

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In preparation for the Pan Ams, Xande begins class with some takedown drills. The objective here is to react to your opponent's takedown attempt by immediately taking him down after he goes.

Inside the University 685 - Triangle from Tornado Guard

Inside the University 685 - Triangle from Tornado Guard

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Starting off in a knee shield guard, Rene spins and inverts to a tornado guard, and his opponent begins to smash him. Rene frees his leg from between his opponent's legs and brings it under the armpit. Now he uses the same motion as the previous drill to spin and lock his triangle. One important note is to work on your flexibility if you wish to be proficient at the tornado guard in general.

Inside the University 684 - Inverting to Set Up the Triangle

Inside the University 684 - Inverting to Set Up the Triangle

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Now Rene shows a triangle set up he uses when his opponent steps over his head to a kind of standing north-south position. He throws his legs back, crossing them with one across the neck and the other under the armpit. Now he uses his legs to turn himself to his opponent and bites with his legs. Now he can adjust and finish the triangle.

Inside the University 683 - Kimura Trap from Triangle

Inside the University 683 - Kimura Trap from Triangle

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In this case, after Rene bites his triangle, his opponent defends by hiding his arm. Now he grabs the elbow and the wrist, and torques the arm as he would a Kimura. His opponent may tap to the Kimura, or he may straighten his arm to defend, in which case Rene drags the arm across and finishes the triangle.

Inside the University 682 - Fine Tuning Your Triangle

Inside the University 682 - Fine Tuning Your Triangle

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Polishing up some details on the triangle, Rene first shows that he does not want to keep his hips off the mat very long or his opponent will have an easier time smashing him. When he grabs his safety lock, he makes sure that both feet are flexed and pointing up. He brings his heels down, knees together and then knees to his chest to make the triangle as tight as possible. If he does all this correctly, he should not have to pull the head down to finish.

Inside the University 681 - Finishing the Triangle

Inside the University 681 - Finishing the Triangle

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Now Rene breaks down the details of finishing the triangle after he bites and locks his legs in the diamond position. He drags the inside arm across to the other side, and reaches up to grab his shin and make his safety lock. His other foot goes on the hip to readjust his position so he can lock his triangle tight and finish the choke.