Xande's Classic Guard 2 - Creating Movement with the Jack Lever

Xande's Classic Guard 2 - Creating Movement with the Jack Lever

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Now Xande shows how he can keep his diamond posture and use his jack lever, or bottom foot, to keep himself moving and following his opponent. He can use this as a drill by having his partner walk around him, and he uses his foot to pull him and stay in front of his partner.


Xande's Classic Guard 1 - Flaring Your Shin Shield and Using Your Blades

Xande's Classic Guard 1 - Flaring Your Shin Shield and Using Your Blades

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In this series Xande covers his favorite topic, the classic guard. He begins with a lesson on using his flare, which is his shin shield that he flares open and uses to break his opponent's grips on him. When his shield flares open to break the grips, he refers to this as his blade cutting through the arm. By doing this he can control where his opponent's arm is and open things up for attack.

Inside the University 919 - Staying Elegant in the Classic Guard

Inside the University 919 - Staying Elegant in the Classic Guard

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Now Xande goes over staying elegant, which is when he is on his side and his body is extended. From here he shows how he can break grips, and how he can trap the leg with a scissors motion and use the leverage to recover and maintain his classic guard. Finally he shows how these movements can lead to his submission attempts.

Inside the University 918 - Catching the Triangle from Classic Guard

Inside the University 918 - Catching the Triangle from Classic Guard

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Diving into some specifics about setting up and catching the triangle, Xande shows how he needs to be squared up to his opponent when he pulls him in, rather than trying to go at an angle. If he pulls from an angle, he opens himself up to getting passed right away, but when he pulls straight, his opponent has to brace himself and gives Xande a better opportunity to catch the triangle.

Inside the University 917 - Using Your Shin in the Classic Guard

Inside the University 917 - Using Your Shin in the Classic Guard

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Now from his classic guard, Xande shows how he can continuously fight his opponent's hand on his hip by using his shin. He can either circle it in or circle it out to break his opponent's grip, and then options to go foot on the biceps or even shoot up for omoplatas and triangles.

Inside the University 916 - Framing and Recovering Classic Guard

Inside the University 916 - Framing and Recovering Classic Guard

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As his opponent tries to pass to the side, Xande goes over his framing techniques and how he uses his footwork to recover his classic guard. He also covers some options to break his opponent's pants grip and keep inside control of the arm with his leg.

Inside the University 915 - The Importance of Your Bottom Foot while Playing Classic Guard

Inside the University 915 - The Importance of Your Bottom Foot while Playing Classic Guard

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To begin class, Sensei Xande breaks down the basics of the classic guard, including how to place his shield, but more important in this lesson is how he is using his bottom foot. His bottom foot is the one that helps him pivot and follow his opponent as he tries to pass the guard.

Inside the University 905 - Staying Connected to the Ribs

Inside the University 905 - Staying Connected to the Ribs

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When using the pressure pass, Xande stresses the importance of staying connected to his opponent's ribs with his arm. Depending on his opponent's reaction and his own preference, Xande has many options to set up his pass from here, and his next point of control will be shoulder pressure.

Inside the University 894 - Redirecting Your Opponent

Inside the University 894 - Redirecting Your Opponent

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Answering a student's question, Xande breaks down the importance of redirecting his opponent's force to create angles that allow him to make space and gain leverage to recover his guard.

Inside the University 893 - When to Prop Your Forearm to Recover Guard

Inside the University 893 - When to Prop Your Forearm to Recover Guard

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Xande explains when and how to prop yourself up on your forearm while your opponent is trying to keep pressure on you and pass your guard. He also explains the importance of using your prop to create distance and leverage so you can recover your guard.

Inside the University 891 - Recovering Guard from the Superhold

Inside the University 891 - Recovering Guard from the Superhold

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Now Xande goes over how he uses these movement principles to recover his guard when his opponent has a superhold grip on him. First he bumps to create space so he can insert his shield, which he uses to push off and extend his body so he can insert his frame. Next he likes to bring in his pedal and look to recover guard or go right into setting up some attacks.

Inside the University 890 - The Difference Between Exercise and Technique

Inside the University 890 - The Difference Between Exercise and Technique

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Xande explains to some newer students the difference between drilling an exercise and drilling a technique. In this case, he saw some of the white belts rolling to their bellies like they did during the warm up drill, and explains how the rolling is practice to get the movement down but not to be used in a practical situation.