Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 5 - Maintaining Crucifix when Opponent Turns In To You

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 5 - Maintaining Crucifix when Opponent Turns In To You

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Sometimes Dallas' opponent will try to escape by coming up and turning into him, in which case Dallas sits up with him and makes sure to stay connected to his back. Here he can use a strong cross face to pull his opponent back down and regain control. Sometimes he is even able to get a rear naked choke out of it.


Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 4 - Kimura / Reverse Omoplata

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 4 - Kimura / Reverse Omoplata

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Now from the crucifix, Dallas' opponent tries to defend by bending his arm so Dallas locks a triangle, trapping the arm at a 90 degree angle. He sits up without letting his opponent sit up, and brings his body over the head to further trap him. By coming forward he is able to finish a Kimura style shoulder lock.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 3 - Triangle Control, Wrist Lock and Arm Bends

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 3 - Triangle Control, Wrist Lock and Arm Bends

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Now with the crucifix, Dallas locks up a triangle and really isolates the arm. From here he has many options including wrist locks, various arm locks, and if all else fails, he can transition to side control.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 2 - Crucifix Armbar

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 2 - Crucifix Armbar

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Now Dallas shows his armbar finish from the crucifix. He crosses his feet over the wrist and uses pressure from his hips to get the tap. If his opponent turns his thumb in either direction, Dallas may have to scoot his hips in or out to get the leverage he needs to submit.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 1 - Crucifix Choke

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 1 - Crucifix Choke

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In this series Dallas Niles, a black belt under Rafael Lovato Jr., teaches the ins and outs of the crucifix, a position he's been working on since his first day on the mat. Before getting into the set ups, he shows how he finishes the choke. A couple key points are he keeps his opponent's back on his chest, and he uses pressure from his shoulder to push the head forward into the choke.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 17 - Partial Training Back Escapes

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 17 - Partial Training Back Escapes

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Now Xande does some partial training with his student, allowing them to focus on either maintaining back control or escaping back control.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 16 - Threading Your Head Through the Hole

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 16 - Threading Your Head Through the Hole

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Going back to the roll over escape, Xande gives some details on how to free your head when your opponent has your back on either his strong or weak choking side. A very important detail is that no matter how he pulls his head through, the crown of his head is crossing his opponent's neck.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 15 - Surviving the Choke and Escaping Back Control

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 15 - Surviving the Choke and Escaping Back Control

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Now Xande finds himself in the same position as the previous technique on his opponent's bad side. But now his opponent is really attacking the choke with good grips on the lapels. Xande's first line of defense is to curl his body so he can put his shoulder on the floor, and then bring his head to his shoulder. Once he feels safe from the choke, he can now work to escape back control.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 14 - Escaping Back Control with the Out Roll

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 14 - Escaping Back Control with the Out Roll

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Once again Xande is on his side with his opponent on his back, and he is able to use his out roll to land on the strong side for him and weak side for his opponent. From here he uses the same idea to jump over the hook and walk his body up til he is able to turn into his opponent and establish side control.

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.