Inside the University 621 - Resetting the Pedal

Inside the University 621 - Resetting the Pedal

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Now Xande emphasizes the importance of resetting the pedal in this series of movements and techniques. When using his diamond defense and knee shield, his number one goal is to get his foot on the hip and control the distance between him and his opponent.

Inside the University 620 - Pivoting from Control Points and Setting Up Spider Guard

Inside the University 620 - Pivoting from Control Points and Setting Up Spider Guard

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Xande has his knee shield guard with his spur in place, and his opponent is trying to hug and control his head. His immediate reaction is to frame against the arm using the diamond defense. Next he removes his spur to place his pedal, and slides his knee shield up to the chest so his foot is on the other hip. Now he squares his hips to his opponent and grabs both sleeves with both feet on the hips, where he can begin to play spider guard.

Inside the University 619 - Using the Pedal to Take the Back

Inside the University 619 - Using the Pedal to Take the Back

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Continuing the lesson using the pedal and the spur, Xande is now in his collar sleeve guard and removes his spur to place his pedal, same as he did in the previous technique. Now when he pushes off to square himself to his opponent, but this time he goes a little further so he is on his hip, and drags the arm across his body as he moves. It is important that his shield leg is now clamping down on the back, and now he can close his side guard to keep his opponent trapped. From here he can reach over the back to grab the armpit and post his other forearm on the mat to help climb his way to the back.

Inside the University 618 - Using Your Pedal and Spur to Retain Guard

Inside the University 618 - Using Your Pedal and Spur to Retain Guard

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While retaining his open guard, two of Xande's greatest assets are his pedal (foot on the hip) and spur (heel behind the thigh). In this drill, when he opens his guard, his opponent steps over his leg to begin passing. This is when Xande places his spur behind the inside leg and keeps control of it, while also keeping his collar gripping arm straight to maintain distance. When he has the chance, he extends his body, creating space for him to remove his spur and place his foot on the outside hip to make his pedal. Now he can push off the hip to square himself and recover guard.

Inside the University 617 - Push-Pull Off Balance to Rolling Armbar

Inside the University 617 - Push-Pull Off Balance to Rolling Armbar

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Gustavo off balances his opponent again, and is able to break any grips, leaving his opponent posting both hands on the mat. He reaches to grab the near arm and pulls it to him between his legs. Now he rolls to the side on his shoulder, pinching his legs and securing the arm as he rolls, in position to finish by the time he rolls on to his back.

Inside the University 616 - Push-Pull Off Balance to Deep Half Guard Sweep

Inside the University 616 - Push-Pull Off Balance to Deep Half Guard Sweep

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After answering some questions on the triangle, Gustavo does his push-pull and off balance, but this time his opponent keeps a good control of his leg and he is unable to break the grip. Now Gustavo lifts his leg and swims his arm underneath, while spinning his hips to establish deep half guard. From here he lets go of his own shin to bring his arm out and rolls inside to get the sweep.

Inside the University 615 - Push-Pull Off Balance to Triangle

Inside the University 615 - Push-Pull Off Balance to Triangle

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Gustavo uses the same off balancing technique to force opponent to base on the mat, and this time he drops to one knee and keeps his hand in reach of Gustavo, either on his pants or the mat. Gustavo makes a sleeve grip, places his foot on the inside thigh again, extends his body and throws his legs up to lock a triangle. From here he can drag the arm across and properly lock his legs to finish the triangle.

Inside the University 614 - Push-Pull Off Balance to X-Guard Sweep

Inside the University 614 - Push-Pull Off Balance to X-Guard Sweep

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Gustavo sets up the same guard and does his push pull to off balance his opponent to the side, and force him to post with both hands on the mat. From here Gustavo releases his collar grip to block the arm, places his inside foot on the inside of the thigh and pushes his opponent away. This creates the space he needs to bring his other leg underneath to make a X-guard hook. Now he can stand up into base, holding the leg to sweep his opponent.

Inside the University 613 - Pushing and Pulling

Inside the University 613 - Pushing and Pulling

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Touching on a few key details and correcting some common mistakes, Gustavo shows how he uses his legs to push his opponent away when he has his knee pressuring Gustavo's legs. He is not just pushing with his collar grip. Also, by pushing away, he causes the reaction he needs to easily pull his opponent back and off balance him.

Inside the University 612 - Modified Open Guard

Inside the University 612 - Modified Open Guard

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Gustavo shows a guard he began using after a knee surgery, which allowed him to play guard without too much stress on his knee. From an open guard or perhaps a De La Riva, his opponent pushes his knees and pressures with his inside leg. Gustavo reaches under the leg to grab his own shin, making a kind of modified De La Riva hook, and his other leg hooks behind the inside leg. Now using his hooks and collar grip, he can pull his opponent and get off balance, setting him up for various sweeps which he will show next.

Inside the University 611 - Side Smash Pass from Butterfly Guard

Inside the University 611 - Side Smash Pass from Butterfly Guard

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From outside his opponent's open guard, Tyrone sits on top of his opponent's hooks, placing himself in the butterfly guard, while staying on his toes rather than his knees. He grabs the pants at the hip and places his shoulder outside the knee, so he can use it to drop his weight and smash the legs. Now he is back to the side smash position and has the same passing options as before.

Inside the University 610 - Side Smash Pass from Reverse De La Riva Guard

Inside the University 610 - Side Smash Pass from Reverse De La Riva Guard

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Tyrone's opponent has a reverse De La Riva hook and is crossing his feet the opposite way one normally would, preventing Tyrone from cutting his knee out. Tyrone steps back and grabs the belt with his hand that was gripping the knee. He steps his trapped leg to the side and sprawls on his opponent's legs. He grabs the sleeve and drives his inside leg forward some more, and now has the option to step back and pass to the side or go straight to mount.