Xande's Side Control Movement and Behavior Patterns Seminar 5 - Establishing a Powerful Side Control on Top

Xande's Side Control Movement and Behavior Patterns Seminar 5 - Establishing a Powerful Side Control on Top

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Now focusing on the person on top in side control, Xande goes over some important details on how to stay in a strong position on top. First he reaches under the arm and cups the shoulder, using it as a leverage point to pull himself in. His elbow is tight to the ribs and his chest is crunched toward the body. His legs switch from position one to position two, and as his opponent tries to hip away, Xande continuously follows, never giving up any space.


Xande's Side Control Movement and Behavior Patterns Seminar 4 - Proper Foot Placement in Side Control

Xande's Side Control Movement and Behavior Patterns Seminar 4 - Proper Foot Placement in Side Control

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Now Xande goes over some details of how to position your body when on bottom in side control. First he shows the importance of keeping your elbow attached to your ribs. Then using a white belt, he demonstrates the power of keeping your feet properly positioned to push off the mat while escaping.

Xande's Side Control Movement Patterns Seminar 3 - Using the Hip Switch to Replace Guard from Side Control

Xande's Side Control Movement Patterns Seminar 3 - Using the Hip Switch to Replace Guard from Side Control

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Xande begins in hip position one on bottom, with his opponent on top, also in hip position one. Now using his internal hip rotation to generate force by pushing off the mat, he begins to move his opponent and get his leg underneath. Now with a big hip switch from position one on his right side, he goes to position one on his left side and replaces his guard.

Inside the University 1008 - Bread Cutter Choke Q&A

Inside the University 1008 - Bread Cutter Choke Q&A

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Nick answers a few of his students' questions on some of the finer details of the bread cutter choke, and breaks down how he can close the space between him and his opponent and put a lot of pressure on him.

Inside the University 1007 - Bread Cutter Choke from Side Control

Inside the University 1007 - Bread Cutter Choke from Side Control

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Nick shows his version of the 'Saulo' choke or bread cutter choke from side control when his opponent shoots his arm across Nick's body. First he reaches under the arm to grab the gi near the armpit and pulls the shoulder to him, and then his choking hand comes across the neck to the far lapel. Now he can drop his elbow to the mat and drop his weight to choke his opponent.

Inside the University 991 - Escaping Side Control

Inside the University 991 - Escaping Side Control

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Now Nick answers a question about defending and escaping from side control. One point he covers is to keep your head flat on the mat to not allow your opponent's arm under for head control. He also uses his frame on the biceps to control that arm and his other frame comes under the armpit. When he bridges from here, he can escape his hips and replace guard much easier.

Inside the University 956 - Preventing Side Control Transition from North-South

Inside the University 956 - Preventing Side Control Transition from North-South

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Saulo goes over some important details on how to swing your legs like a pendulum to recover your guard. First is to keep your legs together and low to the ground. This will require some strength from your abs. Also he covers how to prevent your opponent from getting to side control from north-south, using the same principles already covered.

Inside the University 955 - North-South Escape

Inside the University 955 - North-South Escape

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Now Saulo shows how to escape the north-south position, but first shows how not to escape. Many times people will to push their opponent off of them like a bench press, but this is wrong. Instead, push up toward your head and use this force to move away from your opponent. Then you can swing your legs around to recover guard.

Inside the University 954 - Side Control Escape when You're Late to Block

Inside the University 954 - Side Control Escape when You're Late to Block

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In this scenario, Saulo is too late to block side control and his opponent establishes a collar grip on him. First Saulo must thread the needle to bring his hand inside to frame on the biceps. Now he uses the same movement as before, but he bridges away from his opponent in order to make space to recover guard.

Inside the University 953 - Escaping Side Control when Opponent Switches His Base

Inside the University 953 - Escaping Side Control when Opponent Switches His Base

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Now Saulo covers how to escape when your opponent switches his base after you block. Using his top arm Saulo can push and control his opponent's body, no matter which side he switches his hips to. Once he creates the space, he recovers his guard.

Inside the University 952 - Blocking Side Control with Your Outside Arm

Inside the University 952 - Blocking Side Control with Your Outside Arm

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First Saulo shows a mobility drill you can do to practice recovering guard from side control. Next he shows why it's so important to react right away and block your opponent using your outside arm. The old way is to block with your inside arm, but this can easily lead to trouble for you.

Inside the University 951 - Pushing Off Your Shoulder and Blocking with Your Shin

Inside the University 951 - Pushing Off Your Shoulder and Blocking with Your Shin

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Saulo covers a few key details including how to create force in your bridge by pushing off your shoulder. He also breaks down that you must first use your shin to block, then extend your body in order to create the space you need to recover guard. You will not be able to recover directly from the bridge without these steps.