Xande's Dominant Control Series 5 - Super Hold Grip in Side Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 5 - Super Hold Grip in Side Control

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Xande begins in hip to hip control and makes his super hold grip, which is his arm under the head and his other arm under the far arm with his hands clasped together. He brings his outside knee to the armpit and slides it up, trapping the arm with his knee and elbow. His other knee is at the hip, stopping his opponent from bringing his legs in to recover guard. From this super hold position, Xande can transition between his other control positions fluidly if he needs to.


Xande's Dominant Control Series 4 - Knee on Belly Transition from Hip to Hip Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 4 - Knee on Belly Transition from Hip to Hip Control

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Starting from his hip to hip control, Xande uses his collar grip to flatten his opponent, and his other hand is planted on the mat, ready to push himself up. As he pushes, he raises his chest and slides his hip followed by his thigh and shin up his opponent's hip, until he can place his shin across the belly. Now his hand on the mat can grab the pants and he can establish a solid knee on belly position.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 3 - Hip to Hip Shoulder Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 3 - Hip to Hip Shoulder Control

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Using a similar concept as before, Xande now sets up his hip to shoulder control. To set up his position starting from hip to hip control, he brings his top arm over his opponent's head to trap the far arm, turns his hips to face the lower body and his side is laying across the top of his opponent's chest with his hip on the shoulder. His body weight will keep his opponent from turning, and for more control, he grabs the belt and pushes his shoulder forward. From here, his free arm can keep the legs at bay and he always has the option to turn back to hip to hip control.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 2 - Hip to Hip Side Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 2 - Hip to Hip Side Control

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Here Xande focuses on a side control position he calls hip to hip control, in which his hips are angled toward his opponent's head and his legs are sprawled out and his toes are on the mat, keeping his pressure down while allowing him mobility. He keeps his hand gripping the collar to control his opponent's head by opening his elbow. If his opponent is able to sneak his knee in underneath Xande's leg, Xande brings his knee forward and walks his leg back, straightening out his opponent's leg and regaining his hip to hip control.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 1 - Introduction

Xande's Dominant Control Series 1 - Introduction

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In this series, Xande covers how to maintain control in dominant attacking positions, and work to your ultimate goal which is to finish your opponent. It's very common nowadays, especially in competition, that Jiu Jitsu practitioners establish a dominant position and then lose it after they are awarded their points. In the following videos, Xande will breakdown why this happens, how to avoid it and what you should be focusing on when controlling your opponent.

Claudia do Val Series 7 - Mounting from Side Control

Claudia do Val Series 7 - Mounting from Side Control

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Again because of her shoulder injury, Claudia is unable to cross face and put a heavy shoulder on her opponent from side control, so instead, she traps her opponent's hips between her knee and her elbow. She reaches across the neck to grab the collar with her thumb in, and when her opponent turns in to try to replace guard, Claudia jumps up to knee on belly. After establishing her position, she slides her knee all the way across to gain the mount.

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 6 - Back Take from Side Control

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 6 - Back Take from Side Control

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Bruno's opponent turns away from him in an effort to escape side control, so Bruno immediately grabs the collar and controls the body with his elbow. He pulls down and then lets his opponent turn, chasing his back and feeding the bottom hook under the leg as he rolls. Now he pulls his opponent back on his side, makes the seat belt grip and gets his second hook.

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 5 - Side Control Transition Stepping Over Head

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 5 - Side Control Transition Stepping Over Head

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Bruno's opponent shrimps again trying to escape side control, and Bruno keeps his hand controlling the hip. He steps his foot over the head, and as he drops his knee behind the back, his other knee comes up. Keeping the hips trapped with his elbow, Bruno back steps as he swims his other arm inside his opponent's arm to get the cross face and establish side control.

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 4 - Side Control Jumping Transition

Bruno Malfacine Sequential Drilling 4 - Side Control Jumping Transition

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From side control, Bruno's opponent shrimps, so Bruno bases with his near knee up and he pushes his opponent's top knee down, trapping the bottom leg with it. He puts his weight in his arms and jumps over the legs to the other side. His knee goes under his opponent's legs and he pulls him flat on his back before getting the cross face and securing side control.

Inside the University 334 - Two Basic Ways to Hold Side Control

Inside the University 334 - Two Basic Ways to Hold Side Control

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Xande shows two of the basic ways to hold side control when you are facing your hips toward your opponent. The first and most basic is with your bottom leg in front and your top leg posted with the knee up. However, for this position, he switches his legs so his top leg is in front. This will allow him to slide his hips over the torso when he goes for mount.

Inside the University 333 - Mounting from Side Control

Inside the University 333 - Mounting from Side Control

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From side control, Xande is anchoring himself down with the underhook and either crossface or a grip on the shoulder, while his opponent tries to face him and push him off. Xande slides his hip up his opponent's torso, and continues sliding his entire leg, until his foot crosses over to mount. Xande emphasizes the importance of using his hip to slide across first, not his knee.

Inside the University 100 - Failed Straight Armlock to Folded Side Control with Transition to Mount, Folded Straight Armlock, or Kimura

Inside the University 100 - Failed Straight Armlock to Folded Side Control with Transition to Mount, Folded Straight Armlock, or Kimura

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In this lesson we learn how to continue our attack with a failed straight armlock where your opponent was able to free their hand and bring it to the other side of your head. Rather than let go of your grip on your opponent's arm, we use this opportunity to transition to a side control with your opponent's arm folded across and pinned to their chest. We have many options to finish from the folded side control position including a transition to the mount, a straight arm lock from the folded side control, or transition back to the keylock to attack the kimura, straight armlock, and americana.