Inside the University 737 - Moving Your Hips Back and Forth

Inside the University 737 - Moving Your Hips Back and Forth

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Saulo breaks down the fundamental movement of the hips while recovering guard. After his bridge, while still on his side, he is using a back and forth motion to gain momentum, whether he goes to recover guard or turn belly down. If he recovers, his inside leg now becomes a frame against his opponent's body, and a new point of leverage to use.


Inside the University 736 - Recovering Guard

Inside the University 736 - Recovering Guard

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Saulo's opponent is passing his guard, so as soon as he gets around the legs, Saulo's first move is to turn on his side at his 45 degree angle, with both elbows attached to his body. His opponent drops his weight to put pressure, so Saulo bridges to create space. If he now has room to move his hips, he brings his legs in to recover guard.

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.

Inside the University 717 - Reverse Hook Sweep from the Arm Drag

Inside the University 717 - Reverse Hook Sweep from the Arm Drag

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From his butterfly guard, Xande gets to his side and attacks the reverse armbar as previously shown. His opponent defends and slides his arm out, so as soon as Xande realizes he won't finish the arm lock, he reaches across to grab the arm and pulls it across his body. Now he can reach over the back for the belt. From here he grabs the posting arm at the elbow and uses his hooks to switch his hips to the other side, where he can sweep his opponent toward the trapped arm.

Inside the University 716 - Active Drill for Reaching the Belt

Inside the University 716 - Active Drill for Reaching the Belt

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Xande puts together a drill for students to practice reaching over the back and grabbing the belt. With his opponent giving some light resistance, he pulls himself underneath, stretches him out and reaches for the belt. Once he has the belt, his opponent will stop resisting and allow him to practice the sweep.

Inside the University 715 - Setting Up the Half Sit Position

Inside the University 715 - Setting Up the Half Sit Position

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Starting from his knees, Xande grabs both lapels and sits to his butterfly guard one hook at a time. He pulls himself in to try the butterfly lift, but his opponent keeps his weight back and doesn't let Xande lift him. Now Xande extends his legs to kick his opponent away, and folds one leg in, settling in the half sit position. From here he can attempt his sweeps as shown before.

Inside the University 714 - Butterfly Lift Drill

Inside the University 714 - Butterfly Lift Drill

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Before continuing on the butterfly guard lessons, Xande begins class with a drill to practice lifting and sweeping your opponent. He grabs both sleeves under the triceps and pulls his hips in to his opponent, before rolling back and lifting him off the mat. As he lowers him back down, he extends his legs to create the space again. Now builds his jack lever and rolls to his shoulder, turning the wheel to sweep his opponent.

Inside the University 713 - Hook Sweep with Whizzer

Inside the University 713 - Hook Sweep with Whizzer

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In the case that his opponent's belt has fallen off, or even in a no gi situation, instead of reaching over the back, Xande uses a whizzer or arm wrap to trap his opponent's arm and keep it tight to his body. With the whizzer, he can still look for his same butterfly sweeps and arm locks. Also showing the defense to the whizzer, if Xande is stuck on top, he turns his thumb down to give him the angle to pull his arm out.

Inside the University 712 - Butterfly Base Foot Hop

Inside the University 712 - Butterfly Base Foot Hop

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Xande sets up his over the belt hook sweep, and gets to the half sit position. His opponent knows the sweep is coming and posts his hand and foot to keep his base. Xande sweeps the arm from underneath and pulls it to his body. Now he moves step by step, forcing his opponent to hop until he has the leverage to sweep him.

Inside the University 711 - Butterfly Hook Sweep with Over Belt Grip

Inside the University 711 - Butterfly Hook Sweep with Over Belt Grip

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Now Xande is in his butterfly guard and his opponent is staying tight, pinching Xande's legs with his elbows. Xande reaches over and across the back to grab the belt, and his other hand grabs the knee. He gets on his elbow to the half sit position, and begins to build his jack. He clamps down his elbow on the back to keep his opponent close, and as he keeps raising, he can easily sweep his opponent.

Inside the University 710 - When to Release Your Hook

Inside the University 710 - When to Release Your Hook

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Answering a question on whether or not it's OK to release your hook when applying the armbar, Xande shows why he prefers to keep the hook in. It allows him to keep his opponent at bay if he tries to pressure Xande down. However, if he stands up and tries to back out, Xande releases the hook and places both feet on the hips, and can still finish the armbar.

Inside the University 709 - Greco Grip and Tight Grip

Inside the University 709 - Greco Grip and Tight Grip

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Further explaining how to grip the arm when finishing the armbar, Xande shows two variations. The first is what he calls the Greco grip, where each hand grabs the other forearm. The second he calls the tight grip, where one hand grabs his biceps and the other the outside of his elbow. He also shows how to turn the position into an arm drag if your opponent slides his arm free.