Inside the University 1051 - Leg Drag to Bow and Arrow Choke

Inside the University 1051 - Leg Drag to Bow and Arrow Choke

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Now after Victor does the leg drag, he looks to take the back, first by gripping the pants or belt at the back and forcing his opponent onto his side. He feeds the top lapel to his choking hand and throws his hook over the body into place. Now he can sit back and grab the pants to finish the bow and arrow choke.


Inside the University 1050 - Leg Drag Drill

Inside the University 1050 - Leg Drag Drill

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Professor Victor Hugo shows a leg drag passing drill he uses when his opponent is playing De La Riva guard and grabbing his pants. Victor first turns his knee outside to break the hook, and then grabs the other leg at the knee and heel to pull it across his body. He finishes by grabbing the collar and keeping the leg pinched to his body.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 5 - Foot Lock while Passing the Guard

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 5 - Foot Lock while Passing the Guard

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Now Masakazu is passing the guard toreando style, and his opponent reacts by bringing his foot up to Masakazu's hip. He grabs the foot as he would a guillotine, with his forearm under the achilles tendon, and his hand on his own stomach. He turns outside to face the leg he's attacking, and his far knee puts pressure on the thigh while finishes. He can finish standing up, or he can sit down with his hips tight against the thigh. He can also turn to the outside to help finish faster.

Inside the University 1044 - Finishing the Brabo Choke Using Your Opponent's Arm

Inside the University 1044 - Finishing the Brabo Choke Using Your Opponent's Arm

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Often when setting up the Brabo choke, Gustavo's opponent will frame with his arms and try to push Gustavo away. In this case, Gustavo leans back and does like a biceps curl to pull his opponent's head off the ground. Now he pulls at the far elbow to bring the arm across the neck, and drops his chest on top of the shoulder to finish the choke.

Inside the University 1043 - Immobilizing the Hip for the Brabo Choke

Inside the University 1043 - Immobilizing the Hip for the Brabo Choke

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Gustavo covers an important detail of where to place your knee when applying the Brabo choke. After he frees it and cuts it to the other side, he drops it to the mat and uses it to pin and immobilize his opponent's hip. He does not fully commit his knee cut as if he was trying to pass. Instead he stays above his opponent where he can apply top pressure and finish the choke.

Inside the University 1042 - Finishing the Brabo Choke

Inside the University 1042 - Finishing the Brabo Choke

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After switching his hips and freeing his knee, Gustavo drops his knee to the mat and posts his free leg, almost if he's in a knee cut position. He feeds the lapel to his other hand with a palm up grip, and drops his elbow and shoulder heavy on his opponent. His other hand reaches for a cross collar grip, and he now he pulls his elbows in and lowers his chest to finish the Brabo choke.

Inside the University 1041 - Setting Up the Brabo Choke from Half Guard

Inside the University 1041 - Setting Up the Brabo Choke from Half Guard

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Gustavo is on top in his opponent's half guard, and is unable to get the underhook, but has a good cross face control. He opens the far lapel and feeds it under the armpit to his hand controlling the cross face for a stronger control. Now he can switch his hips to face his opponent and begin to free his knee from the half guard. From here he has options to pass the guard or look for the choke, which he will go over next.

Inside the University 1029 - Setting Up Your Angle to Pass the Guard

Inside the University 1029 - Setting Up Your Angle to Pass the Guard

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Gustavo goes over some details of setting up your angle and positioning yourself as you stand up in the guard, so you are ready to pass as soon as you open your opponent's legs.

Inside the University 1028 - Two Passes from Closed Guard

Inside the University 1028 - Two Passes from Closed Guard

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Now that Gustavo has opened the guard, he is ready to pass. The first pass he shows is a basic knee cut, where he pushes the leg to the mat and slides his knee across. In the second pass, his opponent tries to throw his leg over Gustavo's head, so Gustavo underhooks the leg and passes to the outside.

Inside the University 1027 - Turning Your Body to Open the Guard

Inside the University 1027 - Turning Your Body to Open the Guard

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Gustavo shows how can open his opponent's guard by positioning his body and turning at angle, without using his hands to push the knee. Once the legs are open, he controls the bottom leg and is ready to set up his guard passes.

Inside the University 1026 - Keeping Posture and Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 1026 - Keeping Posture and Opening the Closed Guard

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Gustavo covers some key points in maintaining a strong posture when your opponent is trying to pull you down. He creates space between his knees and his opponent's hip, and his first step he places his foot by the hip and his knee pinches staying connected to the leg. His other leg steps to the side and he angles his body when pushing the knee to open the guard.

Inside the University 1025 - Standing Up Inside the Closed Guard

Inside the University 1025 - Standing Up Inside the Closed Guard

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Before getting into the lesson of passing the closed guard, Gustavo goes over simply standing up first. With his hands pressing down on his opponent's chest, he steps one foot up, then the other, and stands up with a strong base and posture.