Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 8 - Conclusion

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 8 - Conclusion

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Rafael concludes his seminar, first by stressing the importance of getting past your opponent's knees and staying there, and then answering a few questions about the techniques shown.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 7 - Thumb-In Choke from Three Quarter Mount

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 7 - Thumb-In Choke from Three Quarter Mount

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Now from the knee on body position, Rafael makes a thumb-in collar grip and drops his hips to the outside before sliding across to a three quarter mount. From here, even with his elbow on the mat, it's difficult to finish the choke with his one hand, so he grabs the head and pulls it toward the grip to finish the choke.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 5 - Passing with the Shin Staple and Nearside Underhook

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 5 - Passing with the Shin Staple and Nearside Underhook

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Rafael shows another passing sequence variation from the shin staple, but this time after he gets a nearside underhook, which is his preferred way to use this guard passing system. After getting the nearside underhook, Rafael shows how he can pass with the knee slice, smash pass and straight to mount.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 5 - Passing with the Shin Staple

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 5 - Passing with the Shin Staple

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This time from his knee on body position, Rafael uses his shin staple, which is his shin across his opponent's thigh, pinning it to the mat. He gets his cross face and underhook to control the upper body next. From here, Rafael has a few different ways to pass the guard to side control or mount, depending on his opponent's reaction.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 4 - Side Smash Pass to the Back Side

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 4 - Side Smash Pass to the Back Side

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After polishing up some details of the side smash pass to the mount, Rafael shows another variation when his opponent turns on his side when you smash the legs. Since he can't get a cross face and underhook now, he lowers his head to the chest to push his opponent flat as he steps around to the back side to pass to side control.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 3 - Side Smash Pass

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 3 - Side Smash Pass

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From the half guard, Rafael gets to his knee on body position and makes his grips. This time his opponent pushes him away from the direction he is looking to knee slice, so Rafael turns his body and brings his knee between the legs, smashing both legs now. From here he looks to get the cross face and underhook before inching his way to the mount.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 2 - Cross Collar Choke Variation

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 2 - Cross Collar Choke Variation

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After slicing his knee through to pass the guard, Rafael allows his opponent to turn to his side. He keeps his forearm to the chest and drops his shoulder on his body to keep pressure. His free hand reaches down the back to grab the belt, and with these grips, he drops his hip to the mat and steps his leg over, almost to mount. He can squeeze here and finish the choke, similar to a loop choke and a guillotine.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 1 - Knee Slice Pass

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 1 - Knee Slice Pass

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In this series, Rafael Lovato Jr. shows a guard passing sequence centered around him pressuring his knee on his opponent's body from a half guard / knee shield guard. The first position begins as a knee slice pass, but his opponent places the knee shield to stop him, so Rafael flattens him and goes to his central knee on body position. He controls the wrist and makes a strong cross collar grip. He turns his knee hard to create his angle and knock his opponent's leg out of the way, allowing him to slide his leg through for the knee slice pass.

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