Claudia do Val Series 5 - Omoplata to Triangle from Closed Guard

Claudia do Val Series 5 - Omoplata to Triangle from Closed Guard

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Because of a knee injury, Claudia had to adjust her spider guard game, so she started her attacks from the closed guard instead. She controls one side with both a sleeve grip and cross collar grip, and brings her knee behind her opponent's shoulder. The common reaction by her opponent is to push down on her other knee in an attempt to pass the guard, so Claudia uses the space to bring her foot inside the arm and push it away at the shoulder. Now she can pull her grips and throw her leg over the shoulder for the omoplata. If her opponent defends the omoplata by posturing up, Claudia can easily switch to the triangle.


Claudia do Val Series 4 - Spider Guard Swinging Drill

Claudia do Val Series 4 - Spider Guard Swinging Drill

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Now Claudia shows a great drill she practices to get her body used to the motion of the sweep she taught in the previous technique. After setting up her spider guard with her foot in the biceps and her leg stretching the arm away from her, she swings her free leg to her opponent's leg. While swinging, her spider leg bends to load her opponent and then stretches again as her swinging leg hits her opponent's leg. Now she swings back to her original position and swings again, repeating the drill several times.

Claudia do Val Series 3 - Spider Guard Sweep

Claudia do Val Series 3 - Spider Guard Sweep

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Claudia sets up her spider guard, placing her foot in the biceps and stretching her leg. For whatever reason, she is unable to get the triangle or omoplata, so she opens her free leg wide and swings it low at her opponent's knee. As she swings, her spider leg bends and her hips switch to face the outside. As her swinging leg chops at the knee, Claudia stretches her spider leg again, knocking her opponent over and coming to the top to finish the sweep.

Claudia do Val Series 2 - Triangle and Omoplata from Spider Guard

Claudia do Val Series 2 - Triangle and Omoplata from Spider Guard

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Claudia sets up her spider guard, first placing her foot in the biceps and stretching her leg, and bringing her other foot to the hip. Her opponent's posture is already broken some, so she can easily raise her hips and throw her spider grip leg over the back of the neck and lock the triangle. For the omoplata, she brings her free leg thigh to the triceps, then throws the leg over the shoulder and across the face to lock the omoplata.

Claudia do Val Series 1 - Controlling and Maintaining Spider Guard

Claudia do Val Series 1 - Controlling and Maintaining Spider Guard

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Claudia do Val is one of the top female competitors today, having won the World Championship at both brown and black belt. She begins her series by explaining her approach to playing spider guard. With both sleeves controlled, Claudia chooses a side and slides her foot into the biceps, and then stretches her leg. She turns her body so her hips are facing in that direction. When her opponent reacts, Claudia can slide her other foot in the other biceps, and then stretch that leg out. She drills this movement back and forth, and in a match, she can eventually confuse her opponent and take the opportunity to set up a sweep or submission.

Inside the University 411 - Berimbolo from Three Quarter Mount

Inside the University 411 - Berimbolo from Three Quarter Mount

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Again from three quarter mount, Victor's opponent is keeping curled up to defend, so Victor slides his weight down and locks a triangle with his legs, trapping his opponent's leg. Now Victor brings his top shoulder toward his opponent's butt, and does a front roll, forcing his opponent to roll with him. After his roll, he plants his free foot on the mat to escape his hips, and creates the space to place his second hook and establish back control.

Inside the University 410 - Back Take from Three Quarter Mount

Inside the University 410 - Back Take from Three Quarter Mount

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Again from three quarter mount, Victor slides his body down and keeps his weight on his opponent's leg and looks to get the cross face. But this time his opponent is defending by staying on his side and blocking Victor's arm. Now Victor uses his stomach to trap the arm, and reaches around behind the head and grabs the wrist. Next he brings his free leg up so his knee is behind the shoulders, and he feeds his other hand through, connecting his Kimura grip. From here he just opens his knee and sits back, pulling his opponent on top of him before rolling to the other side, where he can throw on his second hook and establish back control.

Inside the University 407 - X-Guard Sweep Variation

Inside the University 407 - X-Guard Sweep Variation

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Starting again from collar and sleeve guard, Victor sets up his hook and pulls his opponent on top, the same as he did in the previous technique. This time after he swims his arm under the leg, his opponent stands up. Now Victor reaches to grab the pants on the far leg, and with one foot still on the hip and the other hooked behind the knee, he raises his hips to knock his opponent backward. Here he can come to the top to finish the sweep, and begin to set up whatever guard pass he likes.

Inside the University 406 - X-Guard Sweep Set Up from Collar and Sleeve Guard

Inside the University 406 - X-Guard Sweep Set Up from Collar and Sleeve Guard

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Professor Victor is playing classic collar and sleeve guard, but he can't move his opponent because his base is too heavy. He drops his bottom foot between his opponent's legs, releases the sleeve grip to grab the pants at the knee, and uses his top foot to make a hook inside the thigh. Now he straightens his bottom leg as he pulls his opponent on top of him and then pushes him away, making space to bring his foot around the leg and on the hip. Next he swims his arm under the leg, and moves his foot from the hip to make a hook under the leg. He stretches his legs to push his opponent away, and stands up in base to come to the top, immediately looking to throw the leg and pass the guard.

Nathiely de Jesus Series 7 - Omoplata from Spider Guard

Nathiely de Jesus Series 7 - Omoplata from Spider Guard

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Nathiely starts in guard with a sleeve and cross collar grip, with one foot on the hip and the other in the biceps, stretching her opponent's arm away. She pulls the collar to bring her opponent down, throws her leg over the shoulder and locks her triangle on the arm. Next she sits up to reach over the back and scoots her hips away, causing her opponent to lay face down on the mat. From here, Nathiely can sit up to finish the omoplata.

Nathiely de Jesus Series 6 - Triangle Choke from Spider Guard

Nathiely de Jesus Series 6 - Triangle Choke from Spider Guard

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Starting from spider guard with both feet in the biceps, Nathiely puts one foot on the hip and stretches her other leg, pulling her opponent forward. Now she can easily slide her leg over the back of the neck and lock the triangle with her other leg. To finish she simply pulls the arm across the body and pulls the head down with her legs.

Nathiely de Jesus Series 5 - Pendulum Sweep Variation from Closed Guard

Nathiely de Jesus Series 5 - Pendulum Sweep Variation from Closed Guard

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Nathiely tries to set up the choke and armbar combination shown in the two previous techniques, but for whatever reason, she is unable to finish either submission. Instead, she swims her arm under the near leg and opens her legs wide, swinging them like a pendulum to sweep to the mount.