Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 13 - Escaping Back Control when Opponent Rolls with You

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 13 - Escaping Back Control when Opponent Rolls with You

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Xande's opponent once again has one hook in and is attacking his back, and when Xande tries to escape like he did in the previous position, his opponent stays on his back as he turns to his knees. Now Xande must shift his weight to throw him over his shoulder, and then look to get side control.


Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 12 - Escaping Back Control with One Hook

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 12 - Escaping Back Control with One Hook

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Xande begins in turtle with his opponent on his back and one hook in. His first move is to control the arm over his shoulder and rock his opponent forward, putting them on their side. While protecting his neck, he uses his free leg to escape the hook and walk away until he has the space to turn to his knees and free his head. Ideally he will end up with side control.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 11 - The Octopus Escape from Clock Choke

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 11 - The Octopus Escape from Clock Choke

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Xande goes over the octopus escape from a clock choke, which is a technique Eduardo Telles is very good at. With his opponent on his side, Xande grabs the choking arm sleeve and reaches out to grab the pants. As his opponent goes to choke, Xande rolls over his shoulder, putting his opponent on his shoulder, and then jumps over to land on his opponent's side.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 10 - Partial Training from Turtle

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 10 - Partial Training from Turtle

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Now Xande does some partial training with his student, starting in the turtle position. The objective is to escape, and then reset back to turtle. Xande also takes this time to correct some of his student's mistakes while using the turtle defense techniques.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 9 - Roll Over to the Inside from Turtle

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 9 - Roll Over to the Inside from Turtle

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This time while Xande is in turtle with his opponent is on his side, he does the roll over, but now toward his opponent. By rolling in, he can go straight to his back and into a guard position. If he gets stuck with his legs in the air, he can plant his heels on his opponent and walk himself back to create space.

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.