Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 15 - Using the Hip Switch from Half Guard to Recover Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 15 - Using the Hip Switch from Half Guard to Recover Guard

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Xande's opponent begins inside his half guard with a superhold, so Xande reaches over the arm to grab the belt. His first goal to bring his elbow to his ribs (landmark one). If his opponent stays on his knees, Xande then looks to bring his forearm to the knee (landmark three) and slide his knee inside. From here he can begin to work his hip switch to recover guard.


Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 3 - Protecting the Inside and Defending the Forced Half Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 3 - Protecting the Inside and Defending the Forced Half Guard

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n this series Xande covers what he calls protecting the inside, which is his concept of defending from the bottom in half guard, mount, side control, etc., by wedging his elbow between his hip and his opponent. First in half guard, he shows his Landmark 2 position, which is staying on his side and bringing his elbow to his hip. Ultimately Xande will look to get to Landmark 3, which is his knee between his hip and elbow. While protecting the inside, it is crucial he stays on his side and does not allow his opponent to flatten him. After establishing Landmark 3, he can work his hip switch to recover his guard.

Xande's Esgrima Series 1 - Esgrima Fundamentals

Xande's Esgrima Series 1 - Esgrima Fundamentals

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This series is all about the esgrima, or underhook. Xande first breaks down some different ways he can use his arm for the esgrima and also how his body and hips should be positioned while using it.

Inside the University 891 - Recovering Guard from the Superhold

Inside the University 891 - Recovering Guard from the Superhold

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Now Xande goes over how he uses these movement principles to recover his guard when his opponent has a superhold grip on him. First he bumps to create space so he can insert his shield, which he uses to push off and extend his body so he can insert his frame. Next he likes to bring in his pedal and look to recover guard or go right into setting up some attacks.

Inside the University 853 - Getting to Deep Half Guard when Mounted

Inside the University 853 - Getting to Deep Half Guard when Mounted

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This lesson begins with Professor Victor Hugo showing how to get to deep half guard when your opponent has you mounted. After getting to his survival position on his side, Victor bridges and pushes the knee to trap the leg. Next he swims his arm under the leg and swivels his hips to get his body under the leg and into deep half guard.

Inside the University 779 - Details of a Proper Underhook

Inside the University 779 - Details of a Proper Underhook

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To wrap up the lesson, Gustavo shows a couple details on getting a good underhook. Instead of just reaching all the way across the back, he makes sure his shoulder is in his opponent's chest and he is hugging tight with his underhook. This will give him the leverage he needs to work his positions.

Inside the University 775 - Creating Space from the Half Guard

Inside the University 775 - Creating Space from the Half Guard

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To start off class, Professor Gustavo shows how to create space and get your opponent's weight off you when he is flattening you in the half guard. First he hooks the trapped leg tight with his calf and he hugs the back of the head. He bridges hard and drives the head away with his arm, then immediately escapes his hips and places his knee shield. Now he can set up his frames against the arm and get to a comfortable half guard position.

Inside the University 693 - Recovering from Half Guard

Inside the University 693 - Recovering from Half Guard

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Now Xande shows how to approach the previous half guard passes if you are on bottom. His first detail is to never stay flat on your back. He immediately turns to his side and brings his elbow in. As his opponent reaches the arm over and turns his base, Xande pushes with his elbow frame, and escapes his hips. Sometimes he can take the back and sometimes he will just recover his guard.

Inside the University 687 - Super Hold Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 687 - Super Hold Half Guard Pass

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Showing his strongest position, from inside the half guard, Xande makes his super hold grip with his palm under the head facing down and the palm under the armpit facing up. He windshield wipers his outside leg so that his toes are in his opponent's calf, stapling the leg down. With his chin on top of his hand, he gets up on his toes and brings his knee of his trapped leg up high. From here he can work toward the mount or cut it to outside to knee slide pass.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 13 - Replacing Closed Guard from Half Guard

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 13 - Replacing Closed Guard from Half Guard

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From the half guard, Eduardo attempts the bridge sweep shown in the previous technique, but he cannot get his leg on the outside of his opponent's far leg this time. So now he pulls his opponent on top of him, grabs the far knee and hooks the inside of the trapped leg. Using his hook, he lifts his opponent and creates space to bring his other leg around to close his guard.

Inside the University 596 - Knee Shield to X-Guard Transition

Inside the University 596 - Knee Shield to X-Guard Transition

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Guest Instructor Daniel Campos begins in a knee shield guard position with his opponent putting pressure on his knee shield. Daniel opens his knee to the side, creating space and the angle for him to swim his other knee behind his opponent's knee for the first X-guard hook. He grabs the pants and closes his elbow to keep the leg trapped. Next he moves his knee shield to hook behind the far thigh, creating his second X-guard hook, stretches his legs and sits up into his X-guard.

Inside the University 592 - Defending a Deep Knee Cut

Inside the University 592 - Defending a Deep Knee Cut

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Saulo shows the last line of defense when your opponent goes for a knee cut and gets it deep before you can defend. He turns in facing his opponent, and keeps his elbows hugged tight to his body keeping himself safe from any grip control. From his side, can sit up and recover his guard.