Inside the University 506 - Flipping the "S"

Inside the University 506 - Flipping the "S"

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Touching on some details of the collar drag, Saulo first notes the importance of not stretching your leg too much when your foot is on the hip, which can allow your opponent to easily pass your guard. Another key point is to not pull your opponent on top of you when dragging the collar. To avoid this, he puts his weight on his posted hand and foot on the hip, keeping his own hip off the mat. Now when he drags the collar, he can easily shift his body to the outside. This is when he flip the "S" by rotating his legs and hips to face the other side, placing him in a position next to his opponent where he can easily climb to the back or finish on top.


Inside the University 505 - Setting Up Attacks after Pulling Guard

Inside the University 505 - Setting Up Attacks after Pulling Guard

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Now Saulo steps to the side and pulls guard, immediately setting up his classic guard collar and sleeve grips. He turns to his side and pinches with his knees, places his foot in the hip and posts his hand to sit himself up into an attacking position. From here he has many attacks depending on how his opponent reacts. The three he shows now are the collar drag, loop choke and butterfly sweep.

Inside the University 496 - Single Leg Trap Sweep

Inside the University 496 - Single Leg Trap Sweep

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Using a similar set up as the last sweep, Xande is in position for the tripod sweep, and moves his foot on the hip to the mat between and behind his opponent's legs. Using his heel for leverage, he pulls himself underneath his opponent and wraps his leg around the leg, placing his heel on the hip, and his other foot moves from behind the far knee to behind the near thigh. Xande keeps his knees pinched together and his elbow closed tight, keeping the leg trapped. To knock his opponent down, he raises his hips and points his inside knee toward the trapped leg. Now he can easily sit up to his base and establish top position.

Inside the University 495 - Single Leg X-Guard Sweep to Foot Lock

Inside the University 495 - Single Leg X-Guard Sweep to Foot Lock

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Xande is playing his open guard and is in position for the first tripod sweep, but his opponent defends, so Xande turns his knee out, places it behind his opponent's knee and uses it along with his grips to pull his opponent closer to him. Next he moves his foot from the near hip to the far hip, making an X with his legs, and he wraps his arm around his opponent's leg and grabs his own collar. Now he drops his other foot from behind the knee down behind the heel, and straightens his leg as he pushes his opponent back, putting him on his butt. From here Xande can sit up to his base to finish the sweep, and then fall back on his side to attack the foot lock.

Inside the University 494 - Reverse Tripod Sweep from Open Guard

Inside the University 494 - Reverse Tripod Sweep from Open Guard

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Xande has his open guard sling shot position set up, with a cross collar and pants grip. His opponent breaks the collar grip and throws Xande's leg off his hip and to the side, leaving Xande with only a pants grip. Xande immediately turns his hips to face his opponent and puts his top leg in the hips. Now he brings his bottom foot right behind the heel and kicks it forward as he pushes the hips back, knocking his opponent backwards, allowing him to come to the top.

Inside the University 493 - Tripod Sweep from Open Guard

Inside the University 493 - Tripod Sweep from Open Guard

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Using a variation of his classic open guard, Xande has his foot on his opponent's hip, a cross collar grip and a same side pants grip, while his free leg can push the far thigh or biceps. Here he is pulling tight on his grips to break his opponent's posture and forcing him to bend over. Xande places his free leg behind the far knee, and now he pulls with that hook and his pant grip as he pushes with his foot on the hip, forcing his opponent to fall backward. As he comes to the top, he keeps his hook knee in the middle and steps his other leg outside, already in a good position to pass the guard.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 6 - Head Lock Sweep

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 6 - Head Lock Sweep

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It's Yan Lucas' turn to ask Leonel a question, so he starts in the deep half where Leonel has the sleeve grip under the leg and is framing with his arm. To defend the first sweep, Yan gets the cross face, places his head in Leonel's chest and sprawls his free leg back to stay low. Now Leonel brings his arm up, reaches over the back of Yan's head and grabs the armpit. From here he crunches his body, forcing Yan's head and knee together, and pushes off the mat with his feet to turn his hips to the outside and roll Yan over the top.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 5 - Hip Bump Sweep with Double Unders

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 5 - Hip Bump Sweep with Double Unders

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With the same grips and position set up as in the previous two techniques, now Xande has a question on what Leonel will do if he can break Leonel's sleeve grip. The first thing he does is feed the same side lapel to his hand and grips that instead of the sleeve. Then he swims his other arm under the leg and switches the grip to his other hand, and now uses his forearm as a frame to keep Xande from using his knee to pressure. By opening his elbow, Leonel creates space to bring his free arm between the legs and grabs the belt, pants or even other lapel if it's accessible. Now he can raise his hips and bridge to finish the hip bump sweep.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 4 - Sit Up Sweep

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 4 - Sit Up Sweep

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Showing another variation from the previous technique, Leonel begins with the sleeve grip under the leg and Xande's knee in the middle on his belly. This time however, Xande steps his outside leg up to keep a base. As soon as he does, Leonel swings his leg forward and sits up to an S position, keeping his knees pinched tight. With his free hand posted on the mat, he pulls himself up to his knees, pulling Xande's leg away and sweeping him in the process.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 3 - Sweep when Opponent Puts His Knee in the Middle

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 3 - Sweep when Opponent Puts His Knee in the Middle

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In this technique, Xande is inside Leonel's half guard and using his knee to put pressure on Leonel's belly. With his knees pinching Xande's leg, Leonel uses his knee to bump Xande forward, and he brings his arm under the leg and grips the sleeve. Xande's reaction is to get a cross face and try to smash Leonel, so Leonel reaches over the back and grabs the belt. Now he pushes off the mat with his feet to lift his hips, and turns the opposite direction his hips are facing, rolling Xande over him and finishing on top. To pass, he can easily kick his leg back and get to side control.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 2 - Hip Bump Sweep with Lapel Grip

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 2 - Hip Bump Sweep with Lapel Grip

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Answering Saulo's question about what to do if he can't get the sleeve grip, Leonel pulls the same side lapel and feeds it to his hand that is under the leg. Then he swims his far hand under the leg, and switches the lapel to that hand. From here it is common for his opponent to underhook his arm, but he can simply close his elbow and trap it. Now he grabs the pants with his inside hand, and bumps his hips as before to finish the sweep.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 1 - Hip Bump Sweep from Deep Half Guard

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 1 - Hip Bump Sweep from Deep Half Guard

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Leonel begins in half guard and Saulo is on top with a cross face grip and his hips turned toward Leonel. By framing his arm against Saulo's stomach, Leonel creates space and kicks his legs down so he can trap the lower leg between his knees. Now he has space to swim his arm under the leg and make a sleeve grip on Saulo's arm, and pulls it down so he can again frame his arm on the belly. Here he makes a grip on the knee, and bumps his hips up explosively as he punches the knee away, and bridges to come to the top.