Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 13 - Crucifix Setup when Opponent Grabs Your Pants to Defend Back Take

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 13 - Crucifix Setup when Opponent Grabs Your Pants to Defend Back Take

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Most of the time when you are on top in turtle, your opponent will be most concerned about defending his back, so a common reaction is to reach out and grab your pants. In this case, Dallas uses his bottom leg to trap the arm and bring it in while he rolls to setup his crucifix.


Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 12 - Crucifix Setup off Reversal from Turtle

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 12 - Crucifix Setup off Reversal from Turtle

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Now Dallas's opponent is not opening up for Dallas to get the arm, so he gives up his arm that's reaching over the back to bait his opponent into rolling and reversing him. As his opponent goes to roll, he has to push off the mat because Dallas stays heavy. The push opens up the space Dallas needs to trap the arm while rolling and land in the crucifix.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 10 - Crucifix Setup from Turtle by Forcing the Arm

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 10 - Crucifix Setup from Turtle by Forcing the Arm

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Again from turtle, Dallas's opponent is playing defense and trying to protect his neck from the choke. Dallas grabs the wrist and pries the arm open enough to step his foot over it. Now he can bring his other knee up to trap the arm between his legs and pull it back to set up his crucifix.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 10 - Crucifix Setup from Turtle

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 10 - Crucifix Setup from Turtle

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Now moving to setting up the crucifix, Dallas begins in turtle position. He steps his foot up high near his opponent's head, baiting him to grab his leg. Once he grabs the leg, Dallas traps the arm and brings it back to setup the crucifix.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 9 - Transitioning from Crucifix to Back Control

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 9 - Transitioning from Crucifix to Back Control

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Sometimes Dallas's opponent will drive his weight back into him, trying to flatten him out and relieve some pressure on his neck. When he does, he leaves a gap between his legs and the floor, giving Dallas plenty of space to swing his leg underneath and get his hooks in. Most of the time his second hook will also trap his opponent's arm, making submission attacks much easier.

Dallas Nile Crucifix Series 8 - Kimura Trap

Dallas Nile Crucifix Series 8 - Kimura Trap

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Another option Dallas likes when his opponent drops his head to the mat in attempt to escape is to grab a Kimura grip. If his opponent stays on his back then Dallas looks to get to his knees and finish the Kimura on top. If his opponent tries to run away then Dallas looks to attack the back.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 6 - Breaking Your Opponent's Hand Clasp

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 6 - Breaking Your Opponent's Hand Clasp

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When Dallas' opponent clasps his hands together to defend the armbar, it's important that he maintains control of the near arm in order to break the grip. He does so by getting 2 on 1 wrist control and pinning the arm to the chest. Now he can pull with his legs to break the grip and finish the armbar.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 5 - Maintaining Crucifix when Opponent Turns In To You

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 5 - Maintaining Crucifix when Opponent Turns In To You

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Sometimes Dallas' opponent will try to escape by coming up and turning into him, in which case Dallas sits up with him and makes sure to stay connected to his back. Here he can use a strong cross face to pull his opponent back down and regain control. Sometimes he is even able to get a rear naked choke out of it.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 4 - Kimura / Reverse Omoplata

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 4 - Kimura / Reverse Omoplata

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Now from the crucifix, Dallas' opponent tries to defend by bending his arm so Dallas locks a triangle, trapping the arm at a 90 degree angle. He sits up without letting his opponent sit up, and brings his body over the head to further trap him. By coming forward he is able to finish a Kimura style shoulder lock.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 3 - Triangle Control, Wrist Lock and Arm Bends

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 3 - Triangle Control, Wrist Lock and Arm Bends

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Now with the crucifix, Dallas locks up a triangle and really isolates the arm. From here he has many options including wrist locks, various arm locks, and if all else fails, he can transition to side control.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 2 - Crucifix Armbar

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 2 - Crucifix Armbar

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Now Dallas shows his armbar finish from the crucifix. He crosses his feet over the wrist and uses pressure from his hips to get the tap. If his opponent turns his thumb in either direction, Dallas may have to scoot his hips in or out to get the leverage he needs to submit.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 1 - Crucifix Choke

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 1 - Crucifix Choke

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In this series Dallas Niles, a black belt under Rafael Lovato Jr., teaches the ins and outs of the crucifix, a position he's been working on since his first day on the mat. Before getting into the set ups, he shows how he finishes the choke. A couple key points are he keeps his opponent's back on his chest, and he uses pressure from his shoulder to push the head forward into the choke.