Inside the University 714 - Butterfly Lift Drill

Inside the University 714 - Butterfly Lift Drill

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Before continuing on the butterfly guard lessons, Xande begins class with a drill to practice lifting and sweeping your opponent. He grabs both sleeves under the triceps and pulls his hips in to his opponent, before rolling back and lifting him off the mat. As he lowers him back down, he extends his legs to create the space again. Now builds his jack lever and rolls to his shoulder, turning the wheel to sweep his opponent.


Inside the University 713 - Hook Sweep with Whizzer

Inside the University 713 - Hook Sweep with Whizzer

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In the case that his opponent's belt has fallen off, or even in a no gi situation, instead of reaching over the back, Xande uses a whizzer or arm wrap to trap his opponent's arm and keep it tight to his body. With the whizzer, he can still look for his same butterfly sweeps and arm locks. Also showing the defense to the whizzer, if Xande is stuck on top, he turns his thumb down to give him the angle to pull his arm out.

Inside the University 712 - Butterfly Base Foot Hop

Inside the University 712 - Butterfly Base Foot Hop

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Xande sets up his over the belt hook sweep, and gets to the half sit position. His opponent knows the sweep is coming and posts his hand and foot to keep his base. Xande sweeps the arm from underneath and pulls it to his body. Now he moves step by step, forcing his opponent to hop until he has the leverage to sweep him.

Inside the University 711 - Butterfly Hook Sweep with Over Belt Grip

Inside the University 711 - Butterfly Hook Sweep with Over Belt Grip

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Now Xande is in his butterfly guard and his opponent is staying tight, pinching Xande's legs with his elbows. Xande reaches over and across the back to grab the belt, and his other hand grabs the knee. He gets on his elbow to the half sit position, and begins to build his jack. He clamps down his elbow on the back to keep his opponent close, and as he keeps raising, he can easily sweep his opponent.

Inside the University 707 - Butterfly Lift

Inside the University 707 - Butterfly Lift

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Xande first discusses how to gauge your distance and find the correct positioning to play your butterfly guard. When lifting his opponent, his elbow goes up as he turns the wheel, and his knee follows behind. As soon as he lifts his hip off the mat, his head touches the mat and stays until he finishes the sweep.

Inside the University 706 - Butterfly Hook Jack Lever Drill

Inside the University 706 - Butterfly Hook Jack Lever Drill

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Before showing the details of the butterfly hook sweep, Xande first goes over his jack lever / turning the wheel drill. From his butterfly guard, he grabs both sleeves by the triceps and tucks one foot in behind his hook foot. He turns the wheel with the sleeves and falls down to his shoulder. As he goes, he lifts his jack, which is his hook foot, raising his opponent off the mat. As he completes his roll to the side, he sweeps his opponent and establishes top position.

Inside the University 662 - Hook Sweep to Under Guard Sweep

Inside the University 662 - Hook Sweep to Under Guard Sweep

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Xande goes for his hook sweep, but his opponent defends by posting his leg out. Xande reaches his arm all the way under the leg and uses his foot on the mat and his hook to pull himself underneath, forcing his opponent to base himself. Xande lets go of the belt to push the chest and hugs the leg with his shoulder. Now he straightens his leg to stretch his opponent away and post on his hand, giving him the space he needs to do a technical stand up and finish the sweep.

Inside the University 660 - Inserting Your Underhook

Inside the University 660 - Inserting Your Underhook

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In this scenario, Xande's opponent is staying low and tight, and not allowing him to get his underhook. Xande makes a grip on the back of the gi on the opposite side he wants his underhook. Next he stretches his leg on the other side, opening up the space he needs to insert his underhook. He squares his body back to the center and gets his second underhook. Now he can stretch both his legs to push his opponent back, then sit up and set himself up for the sweep.

Inside the University 659 - Staying Connected While Sweeping

Inside the University 659 - Staying Connected While Sweeping

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Xande touches on a few key details about staying connected, first off with your forehead. While setting up his sweep, he keeps his forehead connected to his opponent's body. While coming up to the top after sweeping, he keeps his forehead connected to the ground, which allows him the leverage he needs to get up. Another important detail is that his hook stays connected while sweeping, rather than trying to kick his opponent up and off his hook, which will not work against a resisting opponent.

Inside the University 658 - Butterfly Guard Hook Sweep

Inside the University 658 - Butterfly Guard Hook Sweep

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With his opponent on his knees, Xande sets up his butterfly guard with an underhook and his head on the opposite side of the body, always staying connected. Depending on whether his opponent posts his hand on the mat or on Xande's knee, Xande grabs the triceps or the wrist, and traps the arm to his body. Now he rolls to the side, staying tight with his hook and pushing off the mat with his free foot. Using the momentum, he comes to the top already in position to pass the guard.

Inside the University 627 - Pushing Off Your Bottom Leg

Inside the University 627 - Pushing Off Your Bottom Leg

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Answering a student's question, Travis explains how his power to sweep comes from pushing off his bottom leg, not by kicking with his hook leg. If he tries to sweep by kicking, he can push his opponent away from him and give him momentum to hop to the side and easily pass his guard.

Inside the University 626 - Hook Sweep when Opponent Flattens You

Inside the University 626 - Hook Sweep when Opponent Flattens You

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Now while in butterfly guard, Travis' opponent stays really tight and flattens him on his book, closing any space he needs to sweep him. With his overhook belt grip in place, Travis bridges his hips up, creating leverage by driving his shins into the thighs. From here he drops his hips back down fast and has created space for him to stretch his legs and push his opponent back. Now he can escape his hips and finish the hook sweep as he did before.