Inside the University 841 - Resetting Your Hips

Inside the University 841 - Resetting Your Hips

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Moving on with the mobility drills, Xande breaks down the movement to reset his hips, and shows how it applies to recovering your guard.

Inside the University 840 - Mobility Floor Drills

Inside the University 840 - Mobility Floor Drills

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After lots of world traveling, Professor Xande is back at the University to teach some mobility drills that will tie into his movements he uses for the classic guard. To warm up, he shows a few simple movements, making a point to always keep his feet on the mat as he does them.

Inside the University 839 - Kata Gatame and Ezekiel Choke from Mount

Inside the University 839 - Kata Gatame and Ezekiel Choke from Mount

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Having passed the guard to mount, Victor now looks to finish his opponent. His first option is to switch his head to the other side, trapping the arm against the neck and clasping his hands. He can leave mount to that side and finish the kata gatame choke. Another option while in mount is to grab his own sleeve and finish an Ezekiel choke.

Inside the University 838 - Mounting when Your Opponent Is on His Side

Inside the University 838 - Mounting when Your Opponent Is on His Side

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Victor shows how it is easier for him to mount his opponent if he can get him flat on his back, but in the case he goes all the way to his side, his strategy changes a little. With his knee between the legs, he controls the near elbow and drops his head on the near side of his opponent's head. Now he can slide his legs to mount his opponent.

Inside the University 837 - Side Smash Pass to Mount

Inside the University 837 - Side Smash Pass to Mount

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This time when Victor gets to his guard passing angle, his opponent places his knee shield and pushes him away. Victor walks to the other side, flattening his opponent by keeping his hips heavy. Now he can step over the leg and establish mount.

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.