Xande's Side Control Movement Patterns 15 - Proper Footwork for Technical Standup

Xande's Side Control Movement Patterns 15 - Proper Footwork for Technical Standup

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Xande goes over in detail the proper way to move your feet and legs when doing a technical standup, which is the movement he shows to take the mount on your opponent. His toes are pointed like a ballerina foot, and he slides his leg across the mat, as opposed to lifting it, which would create too much space.


Inside the University 1018 - Closing the Space when Mounting

Inside the University 1018 - Closing the Space when Mounting

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Nick goes over a common mistake made when mounting your opponent, which is to throw your leg over and leave way too much space for him to replace guard. If he does throw his leg over, he switches his base first, but he much prefers to slide the knee across the belly and keep pressure the whole time while he takes the mount.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 9 - Controlling and Attacking from Mount

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 9 - Controlling and Attacking from Mount

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Answering another question, Rafael covers the basic things he looks for while in the mount, including his body positioning, using the violent hug and playing with different lapel chokes.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 7 - Transitioning to Mount when Opponent is Escaping

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 7 - Transitioning to Mount when Opponent is Escaping

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Now in an effort to escape the crucifix, Dallas' opponent drops his head to the floor and looks to roll back or spin around to side control. Right away Dallas looks to step his leg that is controlling the arm over to mount his opponent. Another option from here since the arm is inside is to look for the triangle.

Inside the University 867 - Proper Weight Distribution When Attacking the Armbar

Inside the University 867 - Proper Weight Distribution When Attacking the Armbar

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Now Saulo briefly covers how to properly distribute your weight when attacking the armbar. If he leans too far forward or too far backward, his opponent can easily escape while he goes for the arm. Here Sensei Saulo shows how he can attack either arm, depending on his weight and his opponent's reaction.

Inside the University 866 - Taking Mount from Side Control

Inside the University 866 - Taking Mount from Side Control

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Having established side control, Sensei Saulo now looks to mount his opponent. After placing his arm over the head and trapping the shouler, he opens his hips to bring his knee up, and steps his leg hard over his opponent's body. With his foot on the mat and his body still on the side, he gauges his opponents reaction and leverage, and when he feels he has the advantage, he climbs his body to establish a heavy mount.

Inside the University 605 - Swinging the Leg to S Mount

Inside the University 605 - Swinging the Leg to S Mount

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Correcting a common mistake, Saulo points out how your leg must swing fluidly to the S mount, while keeping your hips low. Many people raise their hips to get there, and end up giving too much space for their opponent to escape. That's why you need to make sure swing your leg along the mat without sitting up.

Inside the University 602 - Side Control to Mount to Armbar

Inside the University 602 - Side Control to Mount to Armbar

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From side control, Saulo keeps heavy pressure on his opponent by staying on his toes, rather than resting on his knees. He opens his hips and whips his leg over the body. He settles in this position, waiting for his opponent to push and bridge, giving Saulo the opportunity to square his hips and climb to a high mount. Now he can trap the arm and get the armbar.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 11 - Opening the Elbow to Help Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 11 - Opening the Elbow to Help Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

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Starting from hip to shoulder control, Xande walks over the head to the other side, using his elbow to open his opponent's arm as he goes. Once on the other side, he gets a hip to shoulder control and his arm is going down the back, completely trapping the his opponent's far arm. Now he can easily step over to mount since his opponent cannot defend on the far side.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 9 - Blocking the Legs when Transitioning to Mount

Xande's Dominant Control Series 9 - Blocking the Legs when Transitioning to Mount

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Again from hip to shoulder control, Xande is looking to mount but his opponent is keeping his legs up ready to block him. Xande uses his forearm to create a frame across the thighs and cups the far leg. From here he pulls the legs as he slides his knee across the body, trapping both legs between his foot and hand. Now he can bring his leg all the way over and establish the mount.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 8 - Transition to Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 8 - Transition to Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

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When looking to mount from hip to shoulder control, Xande must make sure that he opens his opponent's inside elbow before stepping over. He does this by bringing his hip forward and underneath the armpit, and then walking the arm back. Then he brings his knee to the hip and is ready to step over to mount. If he does not clear the arm first, his opponent will likely be able to frame and recover guard.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 7 - Timing Your Power Knee Slide to Mount

Xande's Dominant Control Series 7 - Timing Your Power Knee Slide to Mount

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In the previous video, Xande showed the best case scenario of the power knee slide, but now is a little more practical against a good opponent who is keeping his elbow tight to his body. So now Xande places his knee on the outside of the arm and turns the head by closing his far elbow and applying shoulder pressure. Next he brings his knee across the body at an upward angle, and opens the far elbow with his shoulder. This gives him the space he needs to bring his leg all the way over to mount.