Inside the University 744 - Guard Passing Drills

Inside the University 744 - Guard Passing Drills

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Now Xande shows a bullfighter speed passing drill, using the same technique of passing, but going side to side at a faster pace. Also, he explains partial training to his students, in which one person starts inside the closed guard and his objective is to open the guard, while his opponent looks to sweep or submit.


Inside the University 743 - Bullfighter Pass

Inside the University 743 - Bullfighter Pass

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After opening his opponent's guard, Xande grabs both pant legs and pushes the legs in. When he feels his opponent react by pushing back, Xande steps to the side and goes around the legs to establish his knee on belly position. Once he has his knee in place, he lets go of the near pant leg to make a grip on the collar, giving him better control of his opponent.

Inside the University 742 - Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 742 - Opening the Closed Guard

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From inside his opponent's closed guard, Xande makes a grip on the collar and sleeve, puts his weight on his opponent's chest and stands both his legs up. He pinches his knees to keep contact with the legs. He stands straight up, keeping the sleeve grip and placing his elbow inside his thigh. His hand on the collar moves to the inside of the knee, and he pushes it down as he leans his body away from it. As he feels the guard open, he steps his way back and controls both pant legs, ready to pass the guard.

Inside the University 741 - Protect Yourself and Recover Your Guard

Inside the University 741 - Protect Yourself and Recover Your Guard

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Breaking down the steps of recovering guard, Saulo shows the necessary movements to first protect yourself, and then look to recover guard. His main concern is always to protect himself, which is why he keeps his hands close, and doesn't overextend to reach for his opponent.

Inside the University 740 - Placing Your Hands Under Your Body

Inside the University 740 - Placing Your Hands Under Your Body

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Now Saulo points out that your hands should stay under your body when turning belly down. Many times people will reach for the legs and get stuck because of this. If you are reaching for the legs, it should be in effort to take your opponent down. However, in this case, we are looking to recover guard, so he keeps his hands near his body for protection.

Inside the University 739 - Turning Belly Down

Inside the University 739 - Turning Belly Down

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Tying all his movements together, Saulo shows how to avoid getting stuck in turtle when turning belly down. After escaping his hips and bringing his bottom leg through, he doesn't hang out on his knees, allowing his opponent to set up attacks. Instead he brings his other leg to S position and falls back, where he can reset his guard.

Inside the University 738 - Framing with Your Knee

Inside the University 738 - Framing with Your Knee

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Now Saulo focuses on the importance of recovering guard with two specific movements after turning on his side. When he brings his knee in the first time, this is to set his frame. He is not yet looking to recover because he doesn't have the space. Next he escapes his hips, and now he has the space to bring his knee in more and begin to recover.

Inside the University 737 - Moving Your Hips Back and Forth

Inside the University 737 - Moving Your Hips Back and Forth

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Saulo breaks down the fundamental movement of the hips while recovering guard. After his bridge, while still on his side, he is using a back and forth motion to gain momentum, whether he goes to recover guard or turn belly down. If he recovers, his inside leg now becomes a frame against his opponent's body, and a new point of leverage to use.

Inside the University 736 - Recovering Guard

Inside the University 736 - Recovering Guard

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Saulo's opponent is passing his guard, so as soon as he gets around the legs, Saulo's first move is to turn on his side at his 45 degree angle, with both elbows attached to his body. His opponent drops his weight to put pressure, so Saulo bridges to create space. If he now has room to move his hips, he brings his legs in to recover guard.

Inside the University 735 - Knee Cut Pass from Headquarters

Inside the University 735 - Knee Cut Pass from Headquarters

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Now while in headquarters, Nick's opponent has a grip on his pants or ankle, keeping him from kicking his leg back for the X-pass. Instead, he whips his body along with his grips to the side, setting himself up in a knee cut position. His opponent will turn into him, and Nick finds the space with his elbow to control the body as he cuts his knee through to pass the guard.

Inside the University 734 - X-Pass from Headquarters

Inside the University 734 - X-Pass from Headquarters

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Nick is in his headquarters position, keeping his base low while holding a collar and pants grip. In this scenario, his opponent is gripping either his collar or sleeve, and not addressing Nick's leg. Nick shifts his weight toward the side of the trapped leg, leans forward into his collar grip and kicks his leg back in the air to clear his opponent's legs. He punches his pant grip away as he brings his leg back down, establishing knee on belly. He still has control of both grips and his arms now form an X.

Inside the University 733 - Getting to Headquarters

Inside the University 733 - Getting to Headquarters

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There are many ways to get to headquarters, but in this case Nick is starting in his opponent's De La Riva guard. He first makes a collar grip and grabs the pants on the leg that is in his hip. Now he straightens his legs to pop the De La Riva hook off his leg, and at the same time kicks his other leg back to step over his opponent's leg, settling in a strong headquarters position.