Inside the University 462 - Framing and Protecting Your Space

Inside the University 462 - Framing and Protecting Your Space

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Touching on the concept of personal space, Xande explains the importance of framing and not letting your opponent's close the distance. The more he's pressuring you while on top, the more uncomfortable you will be, so create space with your hips and place your frames to keep him at a distance.


Inside the University 447 - Setting Up Deep Half Guard

Inside the University 447 - Setting Up Deep Half Guard

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Special Guest Instructor Lionel Marra teaches this weeks class and shows some of his favorite deep half guard techniques. Starting in half guard, Lionel's opponent gets the cross face and puts heavy pressure on him. With both knees pinching his opponent's leg, he turns his hips a little to raise his opponent's hip off the mat, giving him room to slide his arm underneath and frame on the belly. Next he brings his other hand up to frame on the shoulder. Now he lowers his legs so he is pinching his opponent's leg below the knee, and he swims his arm underneath the leg to cup the thigh. It is important that while he moves his legs, he does not uncross them and allow his opponent to pass.

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 6 - Birth of the Knee Shield

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 6 - Birth of the Knee Shield

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Xande is successful using his arm to block the crossface, but now when Saulo brings his arm over Xande's head, he also switches his base to smash with his hips. This is when Xande can punch his knee in between them and start shielding. Here he can start to extend his body away and push off Saulo's hips to create the space he needs to bring his leg all the way through and replace the guard.

Inside the University 387 - Setting Up Deep Half Guard

Inside the University 387 - Setting Up Deep Half Guard

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Starting from the classic collar and sleeve guard, his opponent steps over his leg, so Gustavo Dias sits up to get the underhook and grab the belt, and his other arm underhooks his opponent's leg. Now he steps over with his outside leg to hook his opponent's leg and turns his hips the other way, bringing the leg to him so his hips are underneath. Now he is in a good deep half guard, ready to set up some different sweeps.

Inside The University 280 - Replacing the Knee Shield in Half Guard

Inside The University 280 - Replacing the Knee Shield in Half Guard

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Xande starts in his half guard, and his opponent has the underhook and is flattening him. Xande first keeps his free arm framed to prevent the cross face. He pushes off the mat and bumps his top arm against his opponent's head to create space. Now he does a little hip escape, which gives him the room to replace the knee shield.

Inside The University 279 - Recovering Half Guard with the Shoulder Escape

Inside The University 279 - Recovering Half Guard with the Shoulder Escape

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Xande is playing half guard and his opponent gets the underhook on him and is trying to flatten him, so his first thought is to get his frame back. Just as in the drill he showed, Xande hip escapes and shoulder escapes, giving him the space he needs to swing his arm back in for the frame.

Fredson Alves Series 9 - Defending the Berimbolo

Fredson Alves Series 9 - Defending the Berimbolo

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From the De La Riva guard, Fredson's opponent goes behind and attempts the berimbolo. Fredson's first reaction is to base his hand on his opponent's hip, and step his leg back and traps his opponent's knee with his other arm. Now he takes the hand off the hip and underhooks the arm closest to him, before stepping over to get in a good half guard position.

Lucas Leite Half Guard and Back Attacks 2 - Setting Up the Dog Fight from Half Guard

Lucas Leite Half Guard and Back Attacks 2 - Setting Up the Dog Fight from Half Guard

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Lucas shows how to set up his position he calls the dog fight, from the half guard. Starting with the knee shield, he sits up and gets the underhook, reaching across his opponent's back. Lucas makes sure to control the far arm and keep his head close to the chest. He hooks his opponent's leg with his leg and comes to his knees, making sure to pinch the leg tight between his knees. Now he is in the dog fight position, where he has many attack options.

Inside The University 239 - Knee Bar Defense (James Puopolo)

Inside The University 239 - Knee Bar Defense (James Puopolo)

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James finishes up his class as guest instructor by showing how he defends the knee bar he showed in the last position. The most important thing for James is to lock his triangle to protect his leg, and get a double sleeve grip on his opponent's arm. From here he just waits for his opportunity to replace his guard, escape his leg, or take whatever option his opponent gives him.

Private Lesson with Saulo 9 - Controlling the Arm from Half Guard

Private Lesson with Saulo 9 - Controlling the Arm from Half Guard

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Now in the half guard, Saulo emphasizes the importance of not letting the guy on top control your head. His first fight is to control his opponent's arm, and let him get head control. For the guy on top, whose arm is being controlled, Saulo shows how he can transition to a knee cut pass with the escrima.

AJ Sousa Series 2 - Defending the Over-Under Pass

AJ Sousa Series 2 - Defending the Over-Under Pass

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AJ Sousa shows how he likes to defend and replace his guard when his opponent tries the over-under guard pass on him. First he blocks his opponent's hip, and then swims his arm under his own leg, and uses the leverage to create space and replace the half guard with his leg.

Inside The University 191 - Reverse Half Guard to Knee Slice Pass

Inside The University 191 - Reverse Half Guard to Knee Slice Pass

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Saulo continues to analyze Xande's final match against Lucas Leite in the 2015 World Championship, and shows how he prefers to pass the reverse half guard with the knee slice. Saulo emphasizes that this pass is for when your opponent is turning into you and you cannot keep him flat. If he is flat, then it's better to pass to the mount.

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