Inside the University 589 - Modified Butterfly Guard Sweep

Inside the University 589 - Modified Butterfly Guard Sweep

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In this scenario, Saulo sets up his collar sleeve guard and his opponent reacts by leaning forward and putting his weight on Saulo's bottom leg. Now Saulo sits up and drops his knee shield to place his foot under the thigh as a butterfly hook. He drops his foot on the hip to the mat, and rolls to the side on his shoulder, elevating his hook leg and sweeping his opponent.


Inside the University 588 - Avoid Staying on Your Back

Inside the University 588 - Avoid Staying on Your Back

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A major detail when looking to choke from the closed guard is to avoid staying on your back. Whether your opponent lays on top of you or tries to keep his posture, it is key to escape your hips out to the side when going for the submission. Also, bring your elbow to you when choking rather than opening them out wide.

Inside the University 587 - Cross Collar Choke from Closed Guard

Inside the University 587 - Cross Collar Choke from Closed Guard

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As soon as Saulo establishes his closed guard, he opens his opponent's collar and reaches for a deep cross collar grip. Next he grips the sleeve and keeps it on his chest, not allowing his opponent to put his hand on the ground. Now he wiggles his hips to create space and places his foot on the hips while his other knee frames against the body. From here he kicks his frame leg straight, folds it across the back to break his opponent's posture while he escapes out to the side, and now he can easily place his second grip on the gi and finish the choke by pulling to him.

Inside the University 586 - Combinations from the Side Smash

Inside the University 586 - Combinations from the Side Smash

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Now combining all the principles of his side smash series, Xande breaks down some common situations and shows different combinations to smash, pass or take the back depending on how his opponent reacts.

Inside the University 585 - Controlling the Hips when You Take the Back

Inside the University 585 - Controlling the Hips when You Take the Back

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Stressing a key point, Xande shows the importance of controlling your opponent's hips when attempting to take the back. Xande uses his elbow to keep pressure down and make sure the hips stay on the floor, and his opponent cannot roll. If his opponent is able to roll away, Xande waits for the space between the hip and the floor, and then places his inside hook first. Then he can control and look for the second hook.

Inside the University 584 - Taking the Back from the Drag Position

Inside the University 584 - Taking the Back from the Drag Position

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Xande starts off from the drag position he ends up in after passing the guard, and now decides he wants to take the back. He first grips the far lapel and uses his elbow to pressure down the legs. With his other shoulder, he raises his opponent's top elbow and walks around til he can pass his head and get to the back. Now he makes a seatbelt grip, brings his knee up to the bottom shoulder, throws his other leg over the body and sits back to take back control.

Inside the University 583 - Applying Pressure for the Side Smash

Inside the University 583 - Applying Pressure for the Side Smash

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Xande points out the importance of applying constant pressure while using the side smash pass. First of all, he doesn't let his arm get stuck between his body and his legs, because doing so would mean he has to release pressure to get his arm out. Also, he always makes sure his head is low, and in turn his chest will be heavy on his opponent.

Inside the University 582 - Side Smash Pass to Leg Drag when Opponent Pushes You Away

Inside the University 582 - Side Smash Pass to Leg Drag when Opponent Pushes You Away

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Xande has set up his base position on top, sitting on his opponent's hooks with his elbows inside the knees. This time his opponent tries to push him away with the hooks, so Xande straightens his legs and raises his hips to absorb the push. Now his elbow has come to the outside, so he can push the legs and get to the side smash. This time instead of mounting, he grips the bottom leg, shoves the top leg with his knee, then steps back and replaces his knee with his other knee, setting in a leg drag position.

Inside the University 581 - Side Smash Pass to Mount

Inside the University 581 - Side Smash Pass to Mount

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From a standing position, Xande steps in and pushes his opponent's hooks between his legs, and keeps his elbows on the outside, pinching the knees together. He pushes in to cause the reaction of his opponent pushing out, and then steps to one side, places his head on the chest and drops his weight on top of the legs. From here, his hand blocks the leg, he places his knee at the hip and his arm under the head, then he steps his other leg over to mount.

Inside the University 580 - Basic Escrima Pass

Inside the University 580 - Basic Escrima Pass

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Setting up his escrima pass, Xande engages his opponent's guard, closing the distance and stepping over his hooks. He places one hand on the mat and his head on the chest, facing the other side. With his elbow inside his opponent's knee, he walks a couple steps to the side on his toes, keeping his weight heavy. Now he cups the thigh and breaks his hip to the side he is passing. Now he walks on his toes til he clears his opponent's legs and can establish side control.

Inside the University 579 - Foot Lock Escape

Inside the University 579 - Foot Lock Escape

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Now showing the defense to his foot lock submission, Bernardo's first objective is to close the distance between him and his opponent by grabbing whatever he can and pulling himself in. Then he looks to push the foot off his hip and scoot over his opponent's leg. A point of focus is to react as soon as possible to increase your chance of survival.

Inside the University 578 - Finishing the Foot Lock when Opponent Grabs Your Lapel

Inside the University 578 - Finishing the Foot Lock when Opponent Grabs Your Lapel

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In this scenario, Bernardo's opponent tries to defend the foot lock by grabbing his lapel and pulling to him. While keeping his hold on the foot, Bernardo escapes his hips just enough to bring his inside leg across his opponent's leg, placing his foot on the hip. Now he pinches his knees together and leans back to finish the foot lock.