Inside the University 821 - No Grips Guard Passing Drill

Inside the University 821 - No Grips Guard Passing Drill

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To start off class, Professor Rene has the students do a guard passing drill where they do not make any grips on the pants. Instead, they can grab the shins and focus on their footwork to get around the legs. The person on bottom works on their guard recovery, also not making grips.


Inside the University 819 - Leg Drag to Bow and Arrow Choke

Inside the University 819 - 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 818 - Leg Drag Drill

Inside the University 818 - 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.

Inside the University 817 - Side to Side Passing and Taking the Back Drill

Inside the University 817 - Side to Side Passing and Taking the Back Drill

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Continuing from the previous side to side passing drill, after Tyrone jumps back to the original side, he now looks to take the back. Using his head and shoulder, he pushes to raise his opponent's hips off the mat, creating space to slide his first hook in. Now he can throw the second hook over and establish back control.

Inside the University 816 - Side to Side Passing Drill

Inside the University 816 - Side to Side Passing Drill

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Now Tyrone shows a favorite passing drill of his. He begins with a leg drag and his opponent reacts by bringing his other leg over. Now Tyrone traps the legs and knee slides through to the other side. When his opponent escapes his hips, Tyrone hops back to the other side to get on the back.

Inside the University 814 - Back Stepping Out of Deep Half Guard

Inside the University 814 - Back Stepping Out of Deep Half Guard

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Going in to more detail about what happened in his fight, Gustavo shows how his opponent actually grabbed his sleeve while looking to sweep him from the deep half. To avoid this control, Gustavo was able to back step his top leg and bug the neck, forcing his opponent to abandon his grip. Now Gustavo can go to three quarter mount and continue his pass he's been showing.

Inside the University 813 - Deep Half Guard Pass with an Underhook

Inside the University 813 - Deep Half Guard Pass with an Underhook

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Using the same setup as the previous technique, Gustavo transitions to the three quarter mount like position while his opponent is in deep half guard. Now he reaches his arm to get the underhook and makes a grip on the belt, which he can use to pull and make himself heavier. When he steps his leg over the head to pass, he already has the underhook and can establish a good side control.

Inside the University 812 - Deep Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 812 - Deep Half Guard Pass

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Now Gustavo's opponent has him in the deep half guard, so Gustavo gets a good base. When his opponent tries to sweep him backward, Gustavo leans forward, and when his opponent tries to come back, Gustavo transitions to a three-quarter mount. From here he looks to bring his other leg over the head, putting him in a position he can easily pass the guard.

Inside the University 806 - Reverse Torreando Pass

Inside the University 806 - Reverse Torreando Pass

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When Saulo is passing and gets to the north-south position while standing, he uses a variation of the torreando pass. He keeps his elbows on the inside while gripping the knees, and moves the legs until he finds the gap to collapse the legs and lower his level to establish his pass.

Inside the University 805 - Passing when Your Opponent Inverts

Inside the University 805 - Passing when Your Opponent Inverts

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This time when Saulo is passing, his opponent inverts to keep Saulo in the guard. Now Saulo continues going around til he is around the head in a north south position. From here he forces the legs down and drops his weight to establish side control.

Inside the University 804 - Hitting Through the Defense

Inside the University 804 - Hitting Through the Defense

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Saulo points out the difference of hitting through the defense and going around it. In this type of guard passing, he is using his hips to power his way through his opponent's defense. In order to power through, he drops his base low.

Inside the University 803 - Passing Around Your Opponent's Frames

Inside the University 803 - Passing Around Your Opponent's Frames

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In this position, when Saulo begins to pass to the side, his opponent puts up his frames on Saulo's arm to stop or slow him down. When passing, Saulo likes to have the same side collar and pants grip as he works his way around. In order to get around the frames, he drops his level and aggressively bumps the arms with his hips. Here he shows two options where he can stay on the same side or go around the head to establish side control on the other side.