Takamasa Watanabe Series 11 - Back Take from Closed Guard

Takamasa Watanabe Series 11 - Back Take from Closed Guard

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From the closed guard, Takamasa pulls his legs in to break his opponent's posture, as he pushes his arm across his body using a sleeve grip. His other hand reaches over the back and grips the shoulder blade. Next, he escapes his hips so he is on the side of his opponent, not underneath. He extends his shoulder, posts his head on the mat, stretches his top leg and slides his bottom leg to make a hook. Now he posts his hand on the mat and climbs the back and makes the second hook.


Xande Enter the Matrix 11 - Dragon Tail Sweep

Xande Enter the Matrix 11 - Dragon Tail Sweep

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Xande gets to the matrix, climbs on his elbow and looks to get on his knee so he can attack the back. But this time his opponent clamps down and holds his foot and leg so Xande can't take his back. Now Xande whips his back leg like a dragon tail til his knee gets to the shoulder. The momentum will force his opponent to roll and he will end up in a strong S-mount position.

Xande Enter the Matrix 9 - Xande Sweep 3021

Xande Enter the Matrix 9 - Xande Sweep 3021

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Now from his Matrix side closed guard, Xande's opponent starts trying to walk toward his back. Xande steps that side leg down on the mat, keeping his other heel heavy on the hip. Now using his armpit grip he torques his opponent and rolls him over to establish top position. He can look to attack the arm or settle into S position.

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 865 - 2 on 1 Sleeve Sweep to Triangle

Inside the University 865 - 2 on 1 Sleeve Sweep to Triangle

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This time when Victor uses the 2 on 1 grip to drag the arm across and go for the sweep, his opponent resists and fights to get back to the top. Victor allows his opponent to come back to the top position, but pulls his leg out and throws it over the shoulder to lock a triangle as his opponent is coming back up.

Inside the University 864 - 2 on 1 Sleeve Control Sweep to Mount

Inside the University 864 - 2 on 1 Sleeve Control Sweep to Mount

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Victor gets his 2 on 1 sleeve control and escapes his hips a bit to bring his leg into the armpit, as if he was going for an armbar. In this case, it's too difficult to hit the armbar, so he hits hard with his leg to sweep and comes on top to mount.

Inside the University 860 - Arm Drag Sweep to Mount

Inside the University 860 - Arm Drag Sweep to Mount

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Alex drags the arm and shifts his hips to get to the side closed guard, but this time his opponent drives his weight into him, trying to prevent the back take. Alex reaches to grab the pants at the knee, pulls it to him and sweeps in the direction his opponent is pushing, ending up in the mount.

Inside the University 859 - Closed Guard Arm Drag to the Back

Inside the University 859 - Closed Guard Arm Drag to the Back

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Now when Professor Alex does his arm drag from the closed guard, he looks to climb onto the back. After dragging the arm, he adjusts himself to a side closed guard. From here he posts on his elbow and climbs his way to the back, where he looks to sink in both hooks and secure back control.

Inside the University 852 - Closed Guard Leg Wrap Sweep

Inside the University 852 - Closed Guard Leg Wrap Sweep

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This time when Professor Rene's opponent stands up, Rene is late to get his hips high enough to do the kosoto gari. Instead, he drops down and closes his legs around his opponent's knees. Here he likes to get a cross sleeve grip, squeeze his legs and bring his knees to him, then extend and drag the sleeve to sweep his opponent.

Inside the University 851 - Kosoto Gari Sweep from Closed Guard

Inside the University 851 - Kosoto Gari Sweep from Closed Guard

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Now Rene's opponent stands up inside his closed guard, so Rene does a sit up to keep his body close and reaches one arm behind the back, while his other hand grabs the sleeve. He drops his legs so the same side leg as the arm on the back goes behind the leg. The other plants behind him and helps him drive forward to take his opponent down backward.

Inside the University 847 - Balloon Sweep Review and Drill

Inside the University 847 - Balloon Sweep Review and Drill

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Professor Rene begins class with a quick review of material he previously covered, starting with the balloon sweep. He shows how to set up his foot on the hips guard, and incorporates a drill to practice getting your hips under your opponent and lifting him off the ground.

Inside the University 445 - Communication is Key

Inside the University 445 - Communication is Key

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While watching some young students perform the previous technique, a nice lesson is learned by the young men. Same as in life, communication is key in the pursuit of learning Jiu-Jitsu. Training partners must communicate ideas and correct each other whenever possible to develop the most efficiently. Also, one must never be afraid to make mistakes, but rather be encouraged to learn from his mistakes. Too often the mental aspect of learning Jiu-Jitsu is put to the side in order to focus on the physical. However, a practitioner must always remember to use both.