Dennis Hallman Series 7 - Arm Lock from Arm Triangle

Dennis Hallman Series 7 - Arm Lock from Arm Triangle

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Dennis is trying to finish an arm triangle choke, but his opponent is defending by putting his hand to his ear as if he's talking on the phone. Dennis grabs the wrist with his outside hand and feeds it to his inside hand. Next he holds the wrist with both hands and puts his head at the elbow to act as a fulcrum. Now he uses his outside hand to pull the wrist away, finishing a sort of key lock.


Dennis Hallman Series 6 - Howdy Neck Crank

Dennis Hallman Series 6 - Howdy Neck Crank

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Again Dennis steps over the head, and his opponent pushes the leg so he sets up his head lock trapping the arm with his body. Rather than turn away, this time his opponent tries to turn into him. Dennis now hops to the other side of the body and lifts the head as he squeezes, finishing a painful neck crank.

Dennis Hallman Series 4 - Howdy Figure Four Lock

Dennis Hallman Series 4 - Howdy Figure Four Lock

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This time when Dennis steps over the head, his opponent doesn't do anything, so he grabs the back of the head and makes a figure four lock with his legs. From here, he has several options, including arm locks, toe holds, or if it's MMA, he can throw body punches.

Dennis Hallman Series 3 - Howdy Americana

Dennis Hallman Series 3 - Howdy Americana

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Continuing the Howdy series, when Dennis steps over the head, his opponent reacts by pushing his face. Now Dennis grabs the wrist and sets up his key lock grip, and jumps up to put his knee on his opponent's face. To finish the Americana, he pulls the to him and cranks the key lock.

Dennis Hallman Series 2 - The Howdy Choke

Dennis Hallman Series 2 - The Howdy Choke

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The first series of techniques Dennis shows is called the Howdy Series, and each position begins from side control with his hips facing the head. In this scenario, his opponent is keeping his elbow on the mat, so Dennis steps his leg over the head, causing his opponent to push the leg off. This opens up his side, and Dennis reaches across the body, swims his arm under the head, traps his opponent's arm with his body, and grabs his own biceps to lock in a tight head and arm choke.

Inside the University 501 - Sweeping the Floor with Your Feet

Inside the University 501 - Sweeping the Floor with Your Feet

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One detail Xande points out here is that it is not good to stomp your feet on the mat to gain leverage for your bumps when you want to escape. Instead, he is just sweeping the mat as he takes small steps away from his opponent. This allows him to stay connected to the mat, ready to react whenever necessary, and also does not telegraph his next move to his opponent. Now he works his side control escape drill with this in mind, and focuses on keeping a connection with the mat.

Inside the University 500 - Setting Up the Hip Bump

Inside the University 500 - Setting Up the Hip Bump

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Touching on a common mistake, Xande points out how he does not like to make a big hip bump right away. Instead, he moves a little to makes some space, makes sure his frames are in place and then makes his big hip bump and extends his body. Sometimes he even waits for a reaction from his opponent to time his bump. Also, he makes sure to keep his frames in place until he has recovered his guard.

Inside the University 499 - Pushing Off the Shoulder

Inside the University 499 - Pushing Off the Shoulder

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Fine tuning some details, Xande explains how he places his top hand at his opponent's clavicle, with the edge of the pinky finger side making the initial contact. His other hand can stay down at the hip to keep a block and feel his opponent's movement. After Xande makes his first hip bump, now he can extend his upper body to straighten his arm, rather than just trying to push the shoulder away. This gives him the space he needs to bring his leg back in and recover his guard.

Inside the University 498 - Replacing Guard from Side Control

Inside the University 498 - Replacing Guard from Side Control

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With his opponent on his side control, Xande places both hands on his opponent's shoulder, his outside foot flat on the mat and his inside foot on its side with his knee attached to the body. He steps his flat foot out a bit and makes his first small hip escape. Now he has a little space to take another step and push off the shoulder for a big hip escape, and he can bring his leg in to begin replacing guard.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 10 - Cross Collar Choke from Knee On Belly

Eduardo Inojosa Series 10 - Cross Collar Choke from Knee On Belly

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Starting in side control, Eduardo post one hand at his opponent's far hip and the other under the head, and hops up to a knee on belly position. He brings his hand from the hip to sink a deep cross collar grip with his fingers inside and his other hand grabs the cloth on the cross shoulder. Now he squeezes the choke as he lowers his head to the mat to get the finish.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 9 - Kimura from Side Control

Eduardo Inojosa Series 9 - Kimura from Side Control

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From side control, Eduardo's opponent pushes his head to try to escape, so Eduardo brings his arm across the body and hugs the arm at the triceps. Next he walks to north-south position and grabs the wrist with his other hand to make a Kimura grip. Using the arm, he turns his opponent onto his side, but his opponent is still defending by holding on to his own pants or belt. Eduardo breaks the grip by pulling the arm away from the body, and now to finish he can bring the arm up and over toward the back til his opponent submits.

Inside the University 470 - Pushing Yourself Out of a Hole

Inside the University 470 - Pushing Yourself Out of a Hole

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Using the idea of pushing himself up out of a hole, Xande explains the importance of pushing at the correct angle when escaping side control or recovering guard. When he pushes off his opponent, his arms directed down from his body, not away in front. This gives him the leverage and space he needs to escape and recover.