Inside the University 669 - Smashing the Half Guard to the Other Side

Inside the University 669 - Smashing the Half Guard to the Other Side

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Gustavo begins on his knees with his opponent framing on him from half guard. Gustavo places his hands on the hip and shoulder, and straightens his arms to push himself away. He comes up on his toes, and pushes the knee as he shuffles himself to the other side, turning his opponent as he goes. He finishes with his weight on his opponent and then repeats to the other side.

Inside the University 668 - Hannette Staack - Half Guard Sweep

Inside the University 668 - Hannette Staack - Half Guard Sweep

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Starting from the same set up with the lapel already in her underhook hand, Hannette feels that Xande is blocking her from going to the back, so she reaches in and grabs his sleeve with her free hand. She tucks her elbows in and changes her legs so her outside foot is now hooking the inside of Xande's leg. Using her other foot planted on the mat, she shifts her hips underneath Xande several times until she is on the other side and he is completely off balance. Now she can easily roll and sweep Xande, keeping her head tight to his chest and she comes to the top.

Inside the University 667 - Hannette Staack - Back Take from Half Guard

Inside the University 667 - Hannette Staack - Back Take from Half Guard

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Special guest and multiple time world champion, Hannette Staack, shows a couple of her favorite half guard positions during her surprise visit to the University of Jiu Jitsu. Starting from half guard with her underhook reaching across the back and her head tight to the chest, Hannette opens the lapel with her free hand and feeds it to her underhook. Next she swims her free hand between herself and Xande, feeding the lapel to it, and her underhook reaches up to grab the back of the collar. Now she kicks her leg and pushes the collar, creating space for her to sit up to his back. With Xande in turtle, she can throw her free leg over the back and sink in her hook to establish back control.

Inside the University 666 - Leg Weave Pass

Inside the University 666 - Leg Weave Pass

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To set up the leg weave pass, Xande weaves his arm under the knee shield and cups the thigh of the bottom leg. He drops his weight so he that the side of his head puts pressure down on the chest, and then gets up on his toes to drive in with more pressure. He grabs his opponent's arm at the sleeve and pulls it tight to his body. Now to pass his leg, he can either windshield wiper or knee cut.

Inside the University 665 - Keeping Your Hips Flat

Inside the University 665 - Keeping Your Hips Flat

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Xande points out a key detail of not angling your hip too much when in the over-under. While staying on his toes and keeping pressure with his shoulder, he turns his hips just enough so his thigh can block his opponent's leg. He does not want to turn so much that he eases his pressure or gets himself off balance.

Inside the University 664 - Over-Under Pass from Combat Base

Inside the University 664 - Over-Under Pass from Combat Base

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Now starting on his feet from the combat base, Xande holds one knee and grabs the pants at the inside of the other knee before stepping to that side. As his opponent turns and looks to block Xande, he lowers his level, brings his elbow inside, shrugs his shoulder to his head and dives in with his head hitting the thigh. He reaches under to grab the belt and drops his shoulder and head into position. After establishing his over-under position, he can pass either way that he's shown.

Inside the University 663 - Over-Under Pass

Inside the University 663 - Over-Under Pass

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Xande's opponent is playing a knee shield guard and blocking his shoulder, so Xande's first step is to grip the belt and the pants. Xande pushes the knee in causing the reaction of his opponent to open his knee, giving Xande space to roll his arm to the inside with his shoulder inside the knee and he reaches under to grab the belt. After getting on his toes, he turns his head toward his hand and drops his shoulder on the stomach. From here he shows two options to pass by either stepping his leg over or windshield wiping his leg over.

Inside the University 662 - Hook Sweep to Under Guard Sweep

Inside the University 662 - Hook Sweep to Under Guard Sweep

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Xande goes for his hook sweep, but his opponent defends by posting his leg out. Xande reaches his arm all the way under the leg and uses his foot on the mat and his hook to pull himself underneath, forcing his opponent to base himself. Xande lets go of the belt to push the chest and hugs the leg with his shoulder. Now he straightens his leg to stretch his opponent away and post on his hand, giving him the space he needs to do a technical stand up and finish the sweep.

Inside the University 661 - Reverse Armbar from Butterfly Guard with Double Underhooks

Inside the University 661 - Reverse Armbar from Butterfly Guard with Double Underhooks

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First off, Xande shows a few different grips, and why the wrist to wrist grip is the strongest, and his preferred grip for this armbar. From the butterfly guard, he uses the same setup from the last technique to establish his double underhooks. He tries to stretch him out but this time his opponent stays heavy and posts his hands on the mat. Xande swims under the arm and catches his wrist to wrist grip at the triceps. From here he flares his elbow up and brings the arm to his neck, while stretching his legs. Now he has the space and leverage to squeeze and finish the reverse armbar.

Inside the University 660 - Inserting Your Underhook

Inside the University 660 - Inserting Your Underhook

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In this scenario, Xande's opponent is staying low and tight, and not allowing him to get his underhook. Xande makes a grip on the back of the gi on the opposite side he wants his underhook. Next he stretches his leg on the other side, opening up the space he needs to insert his underhook. He squares his body back to the center and gets his second underhook. Now he can stretch both his legs to push his opponent back, then sit up and set himself up for the sweep.

Inside the University 659 - Staying Connected While Sweeping

Inside the University 659 - Staying Connected While Sweeping

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Xande touches on a few key details about staying connected, first off with your forehead. While setting up his sweep, he keeps his forehead connected to his opponent's body. While coming up to the top after sweeping, he keeps his forehead connected to the ground, which allows him the leverage he needs to get up. Another important detail is that his hook stays connected while sweeping, rather than trying to kick his opponent up and off his hook, which will not work against a resisting opponent.

Inside the University 658 - Butterfly Guard Hook Sweep

Inside the University 658 - Butterfly Guard Hook Sweep

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With his opponent on his knees, Xande sets up his butterfly guard with an underhook and his head on the opposite side of the body, always staying connected. Depending on whether his opponent posts his hand on the mat or on Xande's knee, Xande grabs the triceps or the wrist, and traps the arm to his body. Now he rolls to the side, staying tight with his hook and pushing off the mat with his free foot. Using the momentum, he comes to the top already in position to pass the guard.