Inside the University 1041 - Setting Up the Brabo Choke from Half Guard

Inside the University 1041 - Setting Up the Brabo Choke from Half Guard

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Gustavo is on top in his opponent's half guard, and is unable to get the underhook, but has a good cross face control. He opens the far lapel and feeds it under the armpit to his hand controlling the cross face for a stronger control. Now he can switch his hips to face his opponent and begin to free his knee from the half guard. From here he has options to pass the guard or look for the choke, which he will go over next.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 15 - Saulo Choke from Mount

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 15 - Saulo Choke from Mount

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Now showing his favorite submission from mount, Xande first grabs his opponent's wrist and pushes it to the ground like an Americana. When his opponent reacts by turning toward the arm, Xande grabs his cross collar thumb in grip and switches to a technical mount. To finish the choke he drops his elbow to the mat and pulls down on the near collar.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 14 - Saulo Choke from Side Control

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 14 - Saulo Choke from Side Control

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On to one Xande's favorite submissions, he has a strong side control in the landmark 2 position with his hips facing his opponent's head. His arm reaches across the neck for a collar grip and he transitions to a neutral side control for better leverage. His free hand reaches underneath the near arm and now he can drop his elbow to finish the Saulo choke.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 13 - Breaking Your Opponent's Frame with Your Legs

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 13 - Breaking Your Opponent's Frame with Your Legs

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Now Xande goes over exactly how he breaks his opponent's frame on his hip from side control. First he walks the arm up high near the head, and by switching his hips he can use just his legs to control and trap the arm, allowing him to then control the legs and advance to mount.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 12 - Finding the Leverage to Open the Elbow in Side Control

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 12 - Finding the Leverage to Open the Elbow in Side Control

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If Xande's opponent is able to sneak his elbow inside and make a frame against Xande's side control, it is important to find the correct leverage to open the elbow back up. The motion his opponent's arm will be weakest is that of an Americana, so Xande forces the arm in that direction, which will automatically create space between the elbow and body, allowing Xande to regain side control.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 11 - Preventing Your Opponent's Diamond Defense

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 11 - Preventing Your Opponent's Diamond Defense

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One of the main things Xande is aware of while in side control is his opponent's effort to create a diamond defense, by bringing his elbow and knee together. Xande goes over how his opponent will look to do this, and how Xande can transition between his landmark positions to continuously prevent the elbow and knee from connecting.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 10 - Mounting from Side Control While Facing the Legs

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 10 - Mounting from Side Control While Facing the Legs

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Now Xande covers how he uses side control with his hips facing his opponent's legs, rather than his head. Many times he'll switch to this side control when his opponent is framing on his neck, or he gets there straight from passing the half guard. After working his hips up high, under his opponent's armpit, he controls the legs with his free hand and steps his leg over to mount.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 9 - Dealing with a Frame on Your Hip

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 9 - Dealing with a Frame on Your Hip

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Xande goes over a common situation where his opponent has his forearm framing against Xande's hip. He shows a couple simple ways to deal with this by switching back and forth between his landmark positions.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 8 - How to Avoid Getting Caught in Half Guard while Mounting

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 8 - How to Avoid Getting Caught in Half Guard while Mounting

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Xande goes over some details on how to mount from side control and not get your leg stuck in the half guard. He uses his elbow in the super hold to open his opponent's arm up high, and his knee slides across the body in a downward direction. When he brings his foot over, he smacks it on the ground hard and fast and he settles into his mount position.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 7 - Mounting from Side Control with Superhold

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 7 - Mounting from Side Control with Superhold

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Xande has side control and uses his hips to work his way to a high neutral side control, trapping his opponent's arm up near his head. He gets a superhold for more control, and then he can begin to slide his knee across the belly and slam his leg down to take the mount.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 6 - Controlling the Head While Transitioning to Neutral Side Control

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 6 - Controlling the Head While Transitioning to Neutral Side Control

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Now covering another specific detail to be aware of while transitioning from landmark two to neutral side control, Xande shows how he controls his opponent's head. With his hand in the collar, once his opponent starts to turn into him, Xande uses his forearm across the face and drives him back as he pushes back with his hip. Now when he goes neutral, this grip allows him to set up several attacks.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 5 - Keeping Hip Connection when Transitioning to Neutral Side Control

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 5 - Keeping Hip Connection when Transitioning to Neutral Side Control

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Xande breaks down his movement from his landmark position two to neutral side control, and shows how he always keeps his hip connected to his opponent's hip through the whole motion. This is much different than the sitting up into base movement, where he creates space between the hip for him to come up.

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