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.

Inside the University 1017 - Double Unders Pass to Mount

Inside the University 1017 - Double Unders Pass to Mount

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Continuing with the double unders pass, now when Nick gets to side control his opponent turns to face him. Nick is expecting him to do this and he times his movement to mount as his opponent turns. Still with his collar grip, Nick has some options to look for the choke now.

Inside the University 1016 - Double Unders Pass

Inside the University 1016 - Double Unders Pass

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While passing the guard, Nick gets both his arms under his opponent's legs and clasps his hands above the hips. Next he lifts his opponent's hips and pulls him on top of his thighs. Now one arm reaches across to grab the far lapel, and stacks his opponent putting very heavy pressure on him, and inches his way to the side until his opponent willingly accepts side control because of the pressure.

Inside the University 1006 - Breaking a De La Riva Pants Grip

Inside the University 1006 - Breaking a De La Riva Pants Grip

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Now Nick quickly covers a trick of his to break a pants grip when your opponent is playing De La Riva guard. He simply reaches down and grabs his own pants and makes a fist. This will make the pants squeeze his opponent's fingers and he'll let go. You may want to save this one for competition, as the pain is bound to upset some of your training partners.

Inside the University 1005 - Leg Drag Pass the De La Riva Guard

Inside the University 1005 - Leg Drag Pass the De La Riva Guard

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Now covering how to deal with the De La Riva guard when your opponent has a pants grip, first pushes the hook leg down and grabs the toes. He turns the foot in and grips the other shin. He brings the hook leg across his body and his opponent reacts by placing his other foot on Nick's hip. Timing his move, Nick drags both legs across and settles into a nice leg drag passing position.

Inside the University 1004 - Breaking the Grip on Your Heel While Passing Open Guard

Inside the University 1004 - Breaking the Grip on Your Heel While Passing Open Guard

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Going over some principles of passing the open guard, Nick first covers the importance of keeping your legs at a distance, so your opponent can't get a hold of your feet. However, if he is able to grab your heel, the proper defense is to turn your foot to the inside and kick away from his grip.

Inside the University 1002 - Knee Cut Pass

Inside the University 1002 - Knee Cut Pass

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Answering a student's question on how to knee cut pass, Nick shows his preferred method. Starting from a headquarters position, he controls the outside lapel and inside knee, and cracks the whip to force his opponent on his side. This is when he cuts his knee across and begins his pressure passing. He also discusses how each person will adapt different ways to perform the same technique based on their body and abilities.

Inside the University 1001 - Avoiding the Knee Shield

Inside the University 1001 - Avoiding the Knee Shield

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Summing up the lesson, Nick talks about a doing proper knee cut pass which would be avoiding the knee shield all together. That should be the ultimate goal, but obviously won't always happen, which is when sprawling on the knee to pass comes into play.