Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 8 - Roll Over Reverse from Turtle

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 8 - Roll Over Reverse from Turtle

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In this situation, Xande is in turtle and his opponent is on his side, reaching over his back. Xande controls the arm either by pinching with his elbow or grabbing the wrist. From here he essentially does a forward roll, bringing his opponent over the top. Xande ends up with his back on his opponent's ribs, where he can turn over to establish side control.


Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 7 - Fade Away from Turtle to Guard

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 7 - Fade Away from Turtle to Guard

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Xande revisits the fade away movement from the turtle position, but this time with his opponent on top. Here he shows the importance of falling away from him and how he is able to sit back to recover his guard.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 6 - Combat Mobility Combinations

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 6 - Combat Mobility Combinations

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Now Xande puts all these mobility drills together, combining them anyway that feels natural to mimic the movements he would make in a fight. This is a fun and useful way to practice your mobility for grappling.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 5 - Forward Stepping to Your Knees

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 5 - Forward Stepping to Your Knees

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Xande starts this movement from his side, imagining a situation where his opponent is attacking his back. Now he uses his forward step to get away and turns to turtle. From here he can fadeway and get to his back to recover his guard.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 4 - Hip Switch to All Fours

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 4 - Hip Switch to All Fours

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Building on top of the previous movements, Xande now shows a combination using a few different steps and a hip switch to the other side when he bridges, before bringing his leg underneath to get to all fours. Then he can fade away back to a supine position and redo the drill.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 3 - Bridge to All Fours

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 3 - Bridge to All Fours

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This movement is one to use when someone is on your back and you want to turn in and face them. Xande begins on his back and bridges his hips before taking a couple steps and turning to his side. Now he brings his leg underneath and turns to all fours.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 2 - Activating Your Pedal Leg

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 2 - Activating Your Pedal Leg

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Having sat back with the fade away, Xande's focus now is activating his pedal or bottom leg. He can bring back and get to his knee for hero pose or warrior stance, or even to a technical stand up. He can also bring it forward to sit down and pull guard. This drill will help you practice moving back and forth with your pedal leg.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 1 - Fade Away from Turtle

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 1 - Fade Away from Turtle

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This series will cover Xande's favorite ways to defend from the turtle position and when your opponent has your back with one hook. He begins with some mobility drills that will translate into all of his escapes. First is the fade away, which he goes from turtle to s position, sometimes tying them together with the hero pose. His whole idea is to get to a safe seated position.

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 5 - The Hell Choke

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 5 - The Hell Choke

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After Xande had escaped the butterfly guard and was in a good position to pass, Adam turtled up to not give up the guard pass. Now Xande found himself attacking the back with one hook in and got his lapel choke grips. He decided to release the hook, allowing Adam to turn to turtle again. Instead of going for the clock choke, he felt it was better to jump over the back and roll Adam to finish the choke.

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 4 - Countering the Knee Shield from Hero Pose

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 4 - Countering the Knee Shield from Hero Pose

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Having done his fade away to the hero pose, where he is looking to use the cross knee pass, Xande is now having trouble passing because Adam placed his knee shield. When Adam extends his shield to create space so he can replace his hook, Xande drops his weight to kill the legs. Now he is able to work for his pass, ideally passing straight to mount.

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 3 - Fade Away to Cross Knee Pass

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 3 - Fade Away to Cross Knee Pass

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Coming back to his fight with Adam, Xande shows his process on how he could pass Adam's butterfly guard. When he did the fade away, Adam's hook was still strong, so Xande brought his back foot in between his legs and switched to his hero pose. From here he was no longer in the butterfly guard and could use the cross knee pass.

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 2 - Fade Away Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent Has Overhook

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 2 - Fade Away Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent Has Overhook

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Now Xande takes us back to 2004 in a fight against Jefferson Moura who played his butterfly guard with an overhook arm wrap. In this case when Xande sits back on his heels, he brings his arm down to hold the leg and drops pressure with his shoulder. He gets his head below the chin and now he can use his fade away pass.