Takamasa Watanabe Series 11 - Back Take from Closed Guard

Takamasa Watanabe Series 11 - Back Take from Closed Guard

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From the closed guard, Takamasa pulls his legs in to break his opponent's posture, as he pushes his arm across his body using a sleeve grip. His other hand reaches over the back and grips the shoulder blade. Next, he escapes his hips so he is on the side of his opponent, not underneath. He extends his shoulder, posts his head on the mat, stretches his top leg and slides his bottom leg to make a hook. Now he posts his hand on the mat and climbs the back and makes the second hook.


Takamasa Watanabe Series 10 - Loop Choke from Butterfly Guard

Takamasa Watanabe Series 10 - Loop Choke from Butterfly Guard

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From the butterfly guard, Takamasa makes a cross collar grip, and kicks his opponent's knee back on the opposite side of his collar grip, while simultaneously pulling his posture down. His free arm holds the head down behind the neck as he loops his collar grip over his own hand. Now he falls to the side and brings his far foot onto his opponent's back for leverage, and he finishes the choke.

Takamasa Watanabe Series 9 - Omoplata to Armbar

Takamasa Watanabe Series 9 - Omoplata to Armbar

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Takamasa sets up the omoplata in the same way as he showed in the previous technique, and is sitting up while gripping the cross sleeve, same as before. From here, he reaches his free arm between his legs and feeds it the sleeve from the other hand. Now he posts his outside leg on the mat, and kicks his other leg across his opponent's back in an explosive motion, causing his opponent to turn on his back. This sets Takamasa up in the perfect position to attack the armbar from the mount.

Takamasa Watanabe Series 8 - Omoplata from Spider Guard

Takamasa Watanabe Series 8 - Omoplata from Spider Guard

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From the spider guard with both sleeves controlled, Takamasa lassos his opponent's arm, and then pulls the other arm to his body as he pinches the elbow with his knee and swings his leg over the head. Next, he reaches around his leg and under his opponent's arm to feed the lassoed sleeve to his other hand. He releases his lasso leg and plants it to escape his hips, settling in the omoplata position. Now he sits up and lets go of the sleeve so he can reach over the back, and finish the omoplata.

Takamasa Watanabe Series 7 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Takamasa Watanabe Series 7 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

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With his opponent on his back playing open guard, Takamasa engages by grabbing the pants on one leg and underhooking the knee on the other. He pins the bottom leg to the mat and hugs the knee tight to his body. From here, he lets go of the knee and his arm wraps over the top and grips the bottom leg underneath, and his other hand makes a collar grip. Now he cuts his knee across the bottom shin, and works his way to the side. His collar grip now moves to a grip on the back, and he uses shoulder pressure to flatten his opponent, where he can establish side control.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 35 - Protecting the Inside from Classic Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 35 - Protecting the Inside from Classic Guard

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Xande covers the importance of protecting the inside from the classic guard, which is essentially preventing your opponent from controlling your hip with his knee and forcing the half guard. In the case his opponent is able to force the half, Xande shows how to use your elbow and hand to regain the inside, insert the shield and recover guard.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 34 - Threatening the Neck and Avoiding the Leg Smash Pass from Classic Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 34 - Threatening the Neck and Avoiding the Leg Smash Pass from Classic Guard

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Xande covers another way to maintain his classic guard by threatening his opponent's neck whenever he begins to apply pressure on Xande. If he doesn't get the choke, he can retain his guard. If his opponent is strong enough to smash his legs, Xande becomes elegant and posts on his forearm so he can turn his body down and pull his leg free to recover guard.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 33 - Maintaining Classic Guard with Knee Shield

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 33 - Maintaining Classic Guard with Knee Shield

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Xande covers the basics of maintaining his classic collar and sleeve guard, whether his opponent stands up to back away or kneels down to apply pressure. Xande uses his knee shield to create space, and his foot on the hip or pedal to create leverage. Another concept he comes back to is using the archer pose, when he pulls the sleeve up high, to create space to establish his pedal.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 28 - Pose One Explained  - Defense and Transition

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 28 - Pose One Explained - Defense and Transition

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Xande goes into detail on pose one, which is when he is on one hip with his bottom foot in front and his top foot posted in back. This is the primary pose for any defensive position. This pose can also be used from a top position, but should be more of a transitional position rather than one of control.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 27 - Pose Zero Explained - Controlling and Resetting

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 27 - Pose Zero Explained - Controlling and Resetting

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Xande explains what pose zero is and how he applies it to his Jiu Jitsu. It is a neutral position which he can use to control his opponent from top or bottom, most commonly in side control or closed guard.

Xande VS Fellipe Trovo Fight Analysis 3 - Setting Up the Armbar from Closed Guard

Xande VS Fellipe Trovo Fight Analysis 3 - Setting Up the Armbar from Closed Guard

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Xande goes over how he was able to set up his armbar attempt on Fellipe, and it all started with controlling his head from the closed guard. As Fellipe stood up to try escaping, Xande found the time and space he needed to shoot the armbar, and fortunately the attempt was enough to earn him the judge's decision.

Xande VS Fellipe Trovo Fight Analysis 1 - Crossing Your Feet in the Armbar

Xande VS Fellipe Trovo Fight Analysis 1 - Crossing Your Feet in the Armbar

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For this segment Xande goes over some analysis of his match at Fight 2 Win 178 vs. Fellipe Trovo. To begin he discusses whether or not you should cross your feet while going for the armbar, how it can be good or bad, and how it effected his armbar attempt.