Xande's Classic Guard 12 - Guard Retention when Your Opponent Stands Up

Xande's Classic Guard 12 - Guard Retention when Your Opponent Stands Up

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When Xande's opponent stands up to pass his classic guard, the principles of guard retention remain the same. He makes sure to not be lazy with his sleeve grip and keep his archer pose. He can use his flare to break a pants grip and even go to foot in the biceps. If his opponent steps to the side, he snake bites and pedals to regain his guard. He also likes to stretch his collar grip arm and use his iron fist to keep his opponent at a distance.


Xande's Classic Guard 11 - Triangle Choke

Xande's Classic Guard 11 - Triangle Choke

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Xande shows two triangle setups from the classic guard to choose from that will each benefit different body types. A key point he makes is to block his opponent's free arm to stop him from throwing the leg down like an old school pass.

Xande's Classic Guard 10 - Drill to Activate Your Archer Pose

Xande's Classic Guard 10 - Drill to Activate Your Archer Pose

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Xande explains how he uses the scissors sweep to set up many attacks, but sometimes when his opponent steps over the leg, he looks away and doesn't give Xande the choke right away. This is when Xande looks to activate his archer pose. He uses the snake bite as he did before, and stretches his body away, or becomes elegant, so he is in a good position to set up other attacks.

Xande's Classic Guard 9 - Cross Collar Choke

Xande's Classic Guard 9 - Cross Collar Choke

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From his classic guard, maybe when he goes for the scissors sweep, Xande's opponent steps over his leg so Xande immediately snake bites the trapped leg. At the same time, he catches his opponent's chin with his wrist making the collar grip. From here he can make his other collar grip and finish the choke, which is a better option for him than trying to get back to a closed guard to finish.

Xande's Classic Guard 8 - Scissors Sweep

Xande's Classic Guard 8 - Scissors Sweep

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Xande shows his favorite sweep from the classic guard, his scissors sweep. If he starts in closed guard with his grips already, he places his feet on the ground and escapes his hips to get on his side with his shin across the belly and his other foot by the knee. By using the archer pose, he can pull his opponent's weight toward him and easily sweep his legs when he uses the scissors motion.

Xande's Classic Guard 7 - Using the Archer Pose

Xande's Classic Guard 7 - Using the Archer Pose

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Now diving more into the classic guard, Xande has the collar and sleeve grip and shows how he uses the archer pose. The archer pose is when he extends his body and pulls the sleeve grip up high, leaving his hands in a position as if he's pulling the string back on a bow, hence the archer pose. This pose will weaken his opponent's base and give Xande the leverage he needs to throw his attacks.

Xande's Classic Guard 6 - Defending Passing Combinations

Xande's Classic Guard 6 - Defending Passing Combinations

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Xande covers how to put all his defensive concepts together when his opponent is combining the bullfighter and cross knee passes. One detail he must be cautious of is to make sure he gets his knee in front of him and at the right angle before his opponent closes the distance.

Xande's Classic Guard 5 - Defending the Cross Knee Pass

Xande's Classic Guard 5 - Defending the Cross Knee Pass

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Xande goes over defending the cross knee or knee cut pass while playing the classic guard. He shows how he incorporates his diamond concept as well as the snake bite and flare to retain his guard and prevent from being passed.

Xande's Classic Guard 4 - Using the Snake Bite to Reset Your Guard

Xande's Classic Guard 4 - Using the Snake Bite to Reset Your Guard

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Now Xande goes over his concept of the 'snake bite', which is his term for trapping and pinching his opponent's leg between his shins. By using the snake bite, he is able to give himself leverage to either pull himself to a half guard, or use his pedal to reset his classic guard.

Xande's Classic Guard 3 - Defending the Toreando or Bullfighter Pass

Xande's Classic Guard 3 - Defending the Toreando or Bullfighter Pass

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Now Xande covers how he uses his diamond defense concept to defend against the bullfighter or toreando pass when his opponent is using one hand on his hip and one hand on his knee. As his opponent goes to the side, Xande frames the arm and turns to his hip. His bottom leg, or pedal foot, comes to the hip so he can square himself back up to his opponent.

Xande's Classic Guard 2 - Creating Movement with the Jack Lever

Xande's Classic Guard 2 - Creating Movement with the Jack Lever

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Now Xande shows how he can keep his diamond posture and use his jack lever, or bottom foot, to keep himself moving and following his opponent. He can use this as a drill by having his partner walk around him, and he uses his foot to pull him and stay in front of his partner.

Xande's Classic Guard 1 - Flaring Your Shin Shield and Using Your Blades

Xande's Classic Guard 1 - Flaring Your Shin Shield and Using Your Blades

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In this series Xande covers his favorite topic, the classic guard. He begins with a lesson on using his flare, which is his shin shield that he flares open and uses to break his opponent's grips on him. When his shield flares open to break the grips, he refers to this as his blade cutting through the arm. By doing this he can control where his opponent's arm is and open things up for attack.