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.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 10 - Partial Training from Turtle

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 10 - Partial Training from Turtle

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Now Xande does some partial training with his student, starting in the turtle position. The objective is to escape, and then reset back to turtle. Xande also takes this time to correct some of his student's mistakes while using the turtle defense techniques.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 9 - Roll Over to the Inside from Turtle

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 9 - Roll Over to the Inside from Turtle

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This time while Xande is in turtle with his opponent is on his side, he does the roll over, but now toward his opponent. By rolling in, he can go straight to his back and into a guard position. If he gets stuck with his legs in the air, he can plant his heels on his opponent and walk himself back to create space.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 8 - Roll Over Reverse from Turtle

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 8 - Roll Over Reverse from Turtle

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In this situation, Xande is in turtle and his opponent is on his side, reaching over his back. Xande controls the arm either by pinching with his elbow or grabbing the wrist. From here he essentially does a forward roll, bringing his opponent over the top. Xande ends up with his back on his opponent's ribs, where he can turn over to establish side control.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 7 - Fade Away from Turtle to Guard

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 7 - Fade Away from Turtle to Guard

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Xande revisits the fade away movement from the turtle position, but this time with his opponent on top. Here he shows the importance of falling away from him and how he is able to sit back to recover his guard.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 6 - Combat Mobility Combinations

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 6 - Combat Mobility Combinations

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Now Xande puts all these mobility drills together, combining them anyway that feels natural to mimic the movements he would make in a fight. This is a fun and useful way to practice your mobility for grappling.

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