Inside the University 850 - Standing Up in the Closed Guard

Inside the University 850 - Standing Up in the Closed Guard

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Before moving on to the next technique, Professor Rene goes over how to stand up in your opponent's closed guard. He makes a sleeve and collar grip, and presses both grips down on his opponent's torso. He steps his foot on the same side of the sleeve grip first, and the other foot second. As he stands, he makes sure he has good tall posture, and establishes a strong base before pushing the knee to open the guard.


Inside the University 849 - Helicopter Armbar

Inside the University 849 - Helicopter Armbar

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First Rene shows some details to polish up the armbar from the chair sweep, and then goes into a quick review of the helicopter armbar, which he uses when the first two options are not available.

Inside the University 848 - Chair Sweep to Armbar

Inside the University 848 - Chair Sweep to Armbar

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Now for a quick review of the chair sweep to armbar, Rene gets to the foot on the hips guard, and his opponent is sitting back with good posture, preventing the balloon sweep. Rene pulls his hips in closer, grabs both heels and knocks his opponent down backwards. Here he comes to the top and immediately looks to get the armbar.

Inside the University 847 - Balloon Sweep Review and Drill

Inside the University 847 - Balloon Sweep Review and Drill

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Professor Rene begins class with a quick review of material he previously covered, starting with the balloon sweep. He shows how to set up his foot on the hips guard, and incorporates a drill to practice getting your hips under your opponent and lifting him off the ground.

Inside the University 846 - Connecting Your Hip Movements

Inside the University 846 - Connecting Your Hip Movements

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Xande finishes the lesson by tying together all of his new hip mobility drills, and showing how they apply in a practical situation. He can use these movement principles in all of his Jiu Jitsu.

Inside the University 845 - Omoplata from Classic Guard

Inside the University 845 - Omoplata from Classic Guard

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Now showing one of his favorite go to attacks from the classic guard, Xande breaks down his omoplata. When his opponent walks to the side and steps over his leg, Xande uses his legs to scissor his opponent's leg and stop his progress. He brings his bottom foot to the far hip and squares his hips, using his momentum to continue his hip rotation and attack the omoplata right away.

Inside the University 844 - Shin to Hip Connection in Classic Guard

Inside the University 844 - Shin to Hip Connection in Classic Guard

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Xande breaks down some core concepts of the classic guard, and explains how getting in position to scissors sweep is his go to first action. From here he can look for other attacks and come back to the scissors if they don't succeed. He also stresses the importance of your shin bone staying connected to your opponent's hip bone while playing classic guard.

Inside the University 843 - Principles of the Classic Guard

Inside the University 843 - Principles of the Classic Guard

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Now Xande goes into detail on his classic guard, using collar and sleeve grips with both feet on the hips. He goes over the common scenario of his opponent stepping over one leg to pass, and how he can replace the guard, and also set up some attacks while doing so.

Inside the University 842 - Rolling Belly Down Step by Step

Inside the University 842 - Rolling Belly Down Step by Step

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Now that we have the basic movements down, Xande shows how to use them to roll belly down and back to his original base. He also shows how these movements are applied in a practical situation.

Inside the University 841 - Resetting Your Hips

Inside the University 841 - Resetting Your Hips

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Moving on with the mobility drills, Xande breaks down the movement to reset his hips, and shows how it applies to recovering your guard.

Inside the University 840 - Mobility Floor Drills

Inside the University 840 - Mobility Floor Drills

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After lots of world traveling, Professor Xande is back at the University to teach some mobility drills that will tie into his movements he uses for the classic guard. To warm up, he shows a few simple movements, making a point to always keep his feet on the mat as he does them.

Inside the University 839 - Kata Gatame and Ezekiel Choke from Mount

Inside the University 839 - Kata Gatame and Ezekiel Choke from Mount

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Having passed the guard to mount, Victor now looks to finish his opponent. His first option is to switch his head to the other side, trapping the arm against the neck and clasping his hands. He can leave mount to that side and finish the kata gatame choke. Another option while in mount is to grab his own sleeve and finish an Ezekiel choke.