Victor Hugo 2019 World Championship Series 4 - Leg Lock from 50/50 Guard

Victor Hugo 2019 World Championship Series 4 - Leg Lock from 50/50 Guard

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Victor sets up his 50/50 lapel guard and swings his outside leg to sweep, but his opponent is defending it well. So now Victor brings his inside leg on top of the knee and pinches with his other leg. By squeezing and then raising his hips, he can finish a leg lock.


Victor Hugo 2019 World Championship Series 3 - Back Take from 50/50 Guard

Victor Hugo 2019 World Championship Series 3 - Back Take from 50/50 Guard

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After setting up his lapel 50/50 guard, Victor's opponent drops his knee to the floor, so again he hooks the far leg and grabs the pants. He stretches his legs to push his opponent and create space, then lets go of the lapel and slides his knee inside behind the leg. He opens his knee to the outside and reaches for the belt, and now stretches his legs til he sits his opponent down and can take the back.

Victor Hugo 2019 World Championship Series 1 - 50/50 Sweep when Opponent Drops Knee to Floor

Victor Hugo 2019 World Championship Series 1 - 50/50 Sweep when Opponent Drops Knee to Floor

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Victor sets up his 50/50 guard with lapel control, and tries to swing his free leg like a pendulum, but his opponent defends by dropping his knee to the floor. With his free leg, Victor hooks the leg on the floor and pulls it to him so he can grab the pants. Now he pulls his other leg out and kicks the chest to knock his opponent back before sitting up to establish top position.

Victor Hugo 2019 World Championship Series 1 - Setting Up 50/50 from Closed Guard

Victor Hugo 2019 World Championship Series 1 - Setting Up 50/50 from Closed Guard

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In this series, Victor Hugo shows some of the positions he used to capture double gold as a brown belt at the 2019 World Championship. First he shows how sets up his 50/50 guard from closed guard. When his opponent stands up, he goes for a muscle sweep, but his opponent defends by turning in his knee. Victor drops his leg to bring his knee inside, and drags his opponent's leg over his head to get to 50/50. To secure the position very tight, he feeds his opponent's lapel to his hand coming under the leg. Now his base position is set up, and he is ready to try some attacks.

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 5 - Calf Slicer Set Up from 50/50 Guard

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 5 - Calf Slicer Set Up from 50/50 Guard

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Now from 50/50 guard, when Tex goes for the heel hook, his opponent turns out to escape. As he turns, Tex traps the leg between his calf and hamstring, and while behind his opponent, he reaches around the waist to pull himself tight, forcing the tap. He also shows a variation where he can flatten his opponent and get on top to finish the submission.

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 4 - Heel Hook on Far Leg when Opponent Turns Out of 50/50 Guard

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 4 - Heel Hook on Far Leg when Opponent Turns Out of 50/50 Guard

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Now from the 50/50 guard, Tex's opponent knows what is coming so he pushes the leg and turns away to get out of 50/50. Tex catches the far leg, inverts to the inside and traps the leg. He makes sure to control the toes and then places the foot in his armpit, where he can trap it with his arm and crank the heel hook.

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 2 - Inside Heel Hook from 50/50 Guard

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 2 - Inside Heel Hook from 50/50 Guard

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Starting from closed guard, Tex inverts the same as before to go for the kneebar, but his opponent turns into him and they end up in the 50/50 guard. If his opponent is hiding his foot by locking a triangle, Tex lifts the top leg up and places it on his shoulder, giving him access to the foot he wants to attack. Now he isolates the heel with his arm, and pinches both legs together while his feet are on the hip. Once he cranks the heel from here, his opponent submits immediately.

Inside the University 754 - 50/50 Guard Setup to Straight Foot Lock

Inside the University 754 - 50/50 Guard Setup to Straight Foot Lock

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Using the same inverting movement as in the previous drill, Tex spins on his back parallel to his opponent and uses his foot in the armpit to push him forward. Here he traps the leg to threaten the knee bar, causing his opponent to turn into him, allowing him to drag the leg across and set up the 50/50 guard. He traps the foot in his armpit and applies pressure as he squeezes his knees together with both his feet on the hip.

Inside the University 509 - 50-50 Guard Specific Training

Inside the University 509 - 50-50 Guard Specific Training

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Here is some specific training in the 50-50 guard, which is often used as a stalling position in competition, so in this scenario, everyone will assume they are down one advantage and must get on top to finish a sweep and get their two points.

Inside the University 508 - Winning the 50-50 Guard Battle

Inside the University 508 - Winning the 50-50 Guard Battle

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When looking to get out of the 50-50 guard, Saulo first pinches his knees and pushes his opponent's knee to the ground. After his opponent's feet are uncrossed, Saulo now pushes himself back and away from his opponent, giving him the space he needs to stand up into base. From here he looks to establish himself in a strong top position.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 8 - Twisting Ankle Lock from 50/50 Guard

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 8 - Twisting Ankle Lock from 50/50 Guard

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From the 50/50 guard, Masakazu sits up and bends his opponent's knee to trap his foot, with the outside of the foot against his ribs. He holds the leg at the Achilles tendon like a guillotine, and uses his legs to squeeze the leg he's attacking tight. He twists his body to finish the ankle lock, which torques the joint the same way a toe hold does.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 4 - Foot Lock Defense by Countering with Heel Hook

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 4 - Foot Lock Defense by Countering with Heel Hook

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Masakazu now shows how he likes to defend a foot lock. His first point of focus is to relax his foot, and not focus on the pain. Rather than trying to escape the foot lock, he counters with an attack of his own. He simply grabs his opponent's foot, which is hooked under his leg, and torques it at the heel, forcing him to tap from the heel hook.

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