Inside the University 836 - Creating the Angle to Pass the Guard

Inside the University 836 - Creating the Angle to Pass the Guard

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To begin the lesson, Professor Victor Hugo shows a drill to get in a good position to pass the guard. He places one hand on the knee and the other on the hip, and pushes the knee down as steps around to that side. Now at a 45 degree angle, his shin goes across the thigh and his forearm stays inside the other thigh to keep his opponent from making a shield.


Inside the University 835 - Finishing an Armbar with Your Shin Behind the Neck

Inside the University 835 - Finishing an Armbar with Your Shin Behind the Neck

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To finish up the lesson, Rene goes over some basic concepts of finishing an armbar when your shin is behind the neck, rather than over face. First he makes sure to control the wrist and keep the thumb facing up. He squeezes his knees together, and if his opponent sits up, he will follow and roll to maintain the armbar. He also turns his hips a little so they are facing his opponent's hips.

Inside the University 834 - Helicopter Armbar

Inside the University 834 - Helicopter Armbar

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After touching up some details on the chair sweep armbar, Rene shows another variation he can use from the foot on hip guard. Again he picks his opponent up off the mat with both of his feet, but instead of rolling backward for the balloon sweep, he turns his hips to spin his opponent into an armbar.

Inside the University 833 - Chair Sweep to Armbar

Inside the University 833 - Chair Sweep to Armbar

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This time when Professor Rene goes to try the balloon sweep, his opponent drops his weight back and keeps his head and posture very high. Rene lets go of his grips to grab the heels and knocks his opponent back down with the chair sweep. As he tries to come to mount, his opponent stretches his arm to push him away, so Rene throws his leg over the head and rolls to set up an armbar.

Inside the University 832 - Balloon Sweep

Inside the University 832 - Balloon Sweep

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After setting up his foot in the hips guard, Professor Rene uses his feet to lift his opponent off the mat. He pushes in with his grips, making sure to get his opponent's head between his legs as he does a back roll, looking to land in mount.

Inside the University 831 - Setting Up Foot on the Hip Guard

Inside the University 831 - Setting Up Foot on the Hip Guard

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Professor Rene begins class by showing how he likes to set up the foot on the hip guard from the closed guard. As his opponent is standing up in his guard, Rene turns his hips and slides his shin across the waist to create frame. He places his foot on the hip and uses it to square up to his opponent, where he can place his other foot on the hip as well. Here he uses his collar and sleeve grips to pull, and uses his feet to push, making his opponent uncomfortable.

Inside the University 830 - Collar Drag to Single Leg Takedown

Inside the University 830 - Collar Drag to Single Leg Takedown

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This time when Gustavo tries to get the choke from the collar drag, his opponent postures up to escape, so Gustavo grabs the heel and stands up with the single leg. Now he can finish the takedown either by pulling the collar down or sweeping the other leg.

Inside the University 829 - Collar Drag Choke

Inside the University 829 - Collar Drag Choke

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Now from his seated guard with a deep collar grip, Gustavo is looking to choke his opponent. He raises his elbow to sink his wrist in the neck, and his free hand grabs the back of the head and pulls down to finish a fast and simple choke.

Inside the University 828 - When to Hunt the Back from Collar Drag

Inside the University 828 - When to Hunt the Back from Collar Drag

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Gustavo adds a few details to the collar drag, and shows some scenarios that he will look to take the back rather than the single leg sweep. Typically he looks for the back only when his opponent stays with his knees on the mat. Another detail he points out is to make sure your collar grip is deep enough when collar dragging your opponent.

Inside the University 827 - Collar Drag Sweep

Inside the University 827 - Collar Drag Sweep

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Now from his seated guard position, Gustavo looks for the collar drag. He uses his posted hand to scoot his hips to the side as he pulls the collar down, forcing his opponent to base on the mat. Now Gustavo grabs the near leg as he comes up to put his opponent on his back and finish the sweep.

Inside the University 826 - Collar Guard Concepts

Inside the University 826 - Collar Guard Concepts

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To start the lesson, Professor Gustavo shows some basic concepts of the seated guard, and more importantly the collar guard. First is a drill to recover and transition, using your feet in the hips and biceps. This guard is often played with a sleeve grip also, but for this lesson he is more focused on using his free hand to base himself and move laterally.

Inside the University 825 - Replacing Guard from Side Control

Inside the University 825 - Replacing Guard from Side Control

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Now Professor Rene shows how you can use the same guard recovery technique as before when your opponent has side control on you. As his opponent brings his arm over Rene's head, he pushes the arm away, and scoots back to recover his guard, just as he did before.