Inside the University 1011 - Breaking Your Opponent's Posture in Closed Guard

Inside the University 1011 - Breaking Your Opponent's Posture in Closed Guard

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Nick shows two ways to break your opponent's posture while in closed guard. In the first one, he swims his arms inside and pushes his opponent's arms off his belly while he pulls in with his legs. He finishes with an overhook and head control. In the second, his opponent puts his knee in Nick's but looking to open the guard, and Nick times his pull with his legs to break posture and then gets head control.


Inside the University 968 - Self Defense Stand Up from Closed Guard

Inside the University 968 - Self Defense Stand Up from Closed Guard

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Now Saulo shows how to use this motion to stand up in a self defense situation. This time without any grips on the gi, he turns to his side using the scissors motion and grips the back of the head. From here he can post his hand to help him do a technical stand up and control his opponent with his hands on the back.

Inside the University 966 - Setting Up Classic Guard from Closed Guard

Inside the University 966 - Setting Up Classic Guard from Closed Guard

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To start off this lesson, Saulo begins in closed guard and looks to set up his classic guard position. With a sleeve and cross collar grip, he opens his guard, and without putting his feet on the ground he turns his hips toward his sleeve grip. Both feet go on the hips and his top leg opens to maintain inside control of the arm. Now he is in a good classic guard position.

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 6 - Breaking Down the Side Closed Guard

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 6 - Breaking Down the Side Closed Guard

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After Xande fought his way to get on top, Roger was able to get a side closed guard and reach over Xande's back to get a sleeve grip. Xande breaks down some mistakes he made while stuck in the position, and also covers some things he would have been looking to do if he was in Roger's position.

Xande Enter the Matrix 7 - Enter the Matrix

Xande Enter the Matrix 7 - Enter the Matrix

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Now Xande shows how he enters the matrix, which is a variation of the side closed guard. After dragging the arm across, he shifts his hips up so his legs are higher up on his opponent's body and the arm is on his hip in the pocket. Now he is ready for more attacks.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 1 - Shin-on-Shin to Side Closed Guard

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 1 - Shin-on-Shin to Side Closed Guard

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Rafael begins in open guard with a foot on the biceps and a foot on the hip, and 2-on-1 grip control on the arm. He drops his foot from the hip to make a shin-on-shin hook, kicks it out to force his opponent to his knees. Here his opponent will try to avoid the triangle by forcing himself in Rafael's closed guard, but because he is dragging the arm across with his 2-on-1 grips, he can easily lock up the side closed guard and begin working his attacks from there.

Inside the University 863 - Setting Up 2 on 1 Sleeve Control

Inside the University 863 - Setting Up 2 on 1 Sleeve Control

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Once he has his opponent in his closed guard, Victor likes to drag the arm across his body and get a two on one grip, controlling the sleeve and the triceps. Here he goes into detail on how he breaks his opponents grip, and what angle of leverage he uses depending on how his opponent is gripping.

Inside the University 862 - Pulling Closed Guard

Inside the University 862 - Pulling Closed Guard

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Fresh off his Open Weight No Gi World Championship, Professor Victor Hugo shows how he likes to pull closed guard. After getting his collar and sleeve grip, he steps to the side at a 45 degree angle, places his opposite foot on the hip and drops to closed guard. The side step helps him prevent his opponent from getting his knee in between them.

Inside the University 858 - Closed Guard Arm Drag

Inside the University 858 - Closed Guard Arm Drag

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When playing closed guard, Alex's first objective is to break his opponent's grip on him, and drag the arm across his body. Then he will shift his hips to the side and reach over the back, where he has some options he will cover next. Sometimes, he is able to get a quick wrist lock if his opponent insists on keep his grip.

Inside the University 857 - Basics of the Closed Guard

Inside the University 857 - Basics of the Closed Guard

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To begin his lesson, Professor Alex discusses some basic concepts of playing the closed guard, emphasizing how he prefers to sit on his opponent's lap rather than the floor. Before showing techniques he has the students work on opening the guard, so everyone can get an idea of where he's going next.

Xande's ADCC 2017 Review 1 - Breaking and Controlling Posture (Xande VS John Salter Part 1)

Xande's ADCC 2017 Review 1 - Breaking and Controlling Posture (Xande VS John Salter Part 1)

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Starting off with his first fight against John Salter, Xande shows the basic principles he used in breaking the posture and maintaining control of his opponent. The first way is swimming, in which he swims his arms in between his opponent's, and opens them by using his forearms as he pulls with his legs. Also, he uses a lot of dragging, in which he gets wrist and elbow control, and drags the arm to his side as he climbs to get the angle on the back. Here it is important for him to maintain the head and armpit control.

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 3 - Breaking Posture in the Closed Guard

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 3 - Breaking Posture in the Closed Guard

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One of Dominyka’s favorite positions is the closed guard, and here she focuses on breaking her opponent’s posture so she can set up her attacks. Her first method is to cup the back of her opponent’s elbows and pull in with her arms and legs. Another option is to make a two on one grip on one hand, and drag it across while escaping her hips to open up back attacks. Finally, she can grab both hands to break the grips on her belt, raise them up and push them out as she pulls her opponent in with her legs to break her posture.