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.


Inside the University 784 - Taking the Back from Omoplata

Inside the University 784 - Taking the Back from Omoplata

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Professor Rene has his omoplata locked but for whatever reason can't finish it, so instead he looks to take the back. He posts his foot that is over the arm on the mat, along with his hand, to raise himself and place his other leg in for his first hook. Now he throws his leg over the back to get his second hook and establish back control.

Inside the University 778 - Taking the Back from Half Guard

Inside the University 778 - Taking the Back from Half Guard

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This time when Professor Gustavo goes for the half guard lift, his opponent sprawls his weight and stays on his knees, so Gustavo reaches under the arm and across the back. By punching his shoulder up, he opens space to sit up and attack his opponent's back. Here he shows a couple different options of finishing his back take.

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 6 - Crab Ride to Back Control from Calf Slicer

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 6 - Crab Ride to Back Control from Calf Slicer

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In this technique, Tex has gotten to the calf slicer, but for whatever reason he is unable to finish it, so he decides to go for the back. First he rolls his opponent to the side and releases his calf slicer lock. He gets into a crab ride position, then places his twister hook to kick the hips down and get a solid back control.

Inside the University 756 - Bringing Your Knees Inside to Take the Back

Inside the University 756 - Bringing Your Knees Inside to Take the Back

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Now Tex breaks down the importance of how he sneaks his knee behind his the thigh, and why he brings his knees to his chest to maintain better control of his opponent while hunting for the back. He also gives some details to help finish the choke.

Inside the University 755 - Inverting Transition to Taking the Back

Inside the University 755 - Inverting Transition to Taking the Back

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Tex swings to the side of his opponent again, invevrting and kicking him away to isolate the leg, but now his objective is to take the back. While gripping the heel, he drags the leg across his body and hooks his feet behind the knees. He kicks opponent out in front of him, forcing him to a seated position and then works to gain a solid back control, already looking for the lapel choke.

Inside the University 718 - Finishing the Drag Based on Your Opponent's Reaction

Inside the University 718 - Finishing the Drag Based on Your Opponent's Reaction

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Now Xande breaks down several ways your opponent can react after you drag his arm across, whether it be a 2 on 1 sleeve drag, or him pulling it out to defend the armbar. Your opponent might bunker down, post his arm, post his leg, tuck his elbow in, etc. Xande shows several options to ether sweep or take the back based on his reaction.

Victor Hugo Series 8 - Sitting Up to Take the Back

Victor Hugo Series 8 - Sitting Up to Take the Back

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This time after setting up the chair sweep, his opponent steps over to the negative half guard and sits back to keep his weight heavy on the mat. Now instead of inverting, Victor kicks his leg forward to sit up. With his elbow posted on the mat, he escapes his hips to free his leg and slides his way to the back where he can establish control.

Victor Hugo Series 6 - Back Take from X-Guard

Victor Hugo Series 6 - Back Take from X-Guard

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Going through the same sequence as before, Victor gets to the X-guard and brings his opponent's leg over his head. However, instead of standing up, this time his opponent stays down on his knee. Victor moves his arm that is grabbing the belt from inside the thigh to the back and uses his elbow to push his opponent away. He slides his knee behind the leg and hooks the thigh with both his feet. Next he extends his lower hook, forcing his opponent to sit, and locks his seat belt grip. From here he throws both of his hooks in place to establish back control.

Victor Hugo Series 2 - Heavy Bolo Back Take

Victor Hugo Series 2 - Heavy Bolo Back Take

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Again from his opponent's single leg X-guard, Victor keeps a low base and peels the foot off his hip. He steps his outside leg back and pinches his knees on his opponent's leg. He grabs the belt and rolls over his shoulder, using his legs to roll his opponent with him. His inside leg becomes his first hook, and he makes a seat belt grip before throwing his second hook over and establishing back control.

Inside the University 673 - Taking the Back from the Guard Pass

Inside the University 673 - Taking the Back from the Guard Pass

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Now Gustavo can do any of his passes, but once he gets to the side, his opponent tries to escape by turning away from him. First he grabs his seat belt and brings his knee up high behind his opponent's head. With his legs in the S position, he lifts his opponent onto his leg and keeps his elbow tight to his thigh. He throws his top hook over and pulls him back as he rolls to the other side, giving him the space to throw in his second hook and establish back control.

Inside the University 619 - Using the Pedal to Take the Back

Inside the University 619 - Using the Pedal to Take the Back

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Continuing the lesson using the pedal and the spur, Xande is now in his collar sleeve guard and removes his spur to place his pedal, same as he did in the previous technique. Now when he pushes off to square himself to his opponent, but this time he goes a little further so he is on his hip, and drags the arm across his body as he moves. It is important that his shield leg is now clamping down on the back, and now he can close his side guard to keep his opponent trapped. From here he can reach over the back to grab the armpit and post his other forearm on the mat to help climb his way to the back.