Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 6 - Birth of the Knee Shield

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 6 - Birth of the Knee Shield

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Xande is successful using his arm to block the crossface, but now when Saulo brings his arm over Xande's head, he also switches his base to smash with his hips. This is when Xande can punch his knee in between them and start shielding. Here he can start to extend his body away and push off Saulo's hips to create the space he needs to bring his leg all the way through and replace the guard.


Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 4 - Blocking the Armpit to Replace Guard

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 4 - Blocking the Armpit to Replace Guard

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Xande is in his guard and protecting his head against the cross face as before, so now Saulo brings his arm over Xande's head, looking to settle in a strong position. Immediately Xande uses his other arm as a shield in Saulo's armpit to block him. Now with his hand that was protecting his face, Xande pushes away at Saulo's hip or knee to keep the space open where he can slide his knee back through and replace his closed guard.

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 2 - Blocking Saulo's Cross Face

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 2 - Blocking Saulo's Cross Face

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After continually getting cross faced and dealing with heavy shoulder pressure, Xande began to train with his hand on his head and his forearm protecting his face. Now when Saulo goes to cross face, Xande is able to block it and focus on replacing his guard. This is a great drill to practice or use in live training.

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.

Xande's ADCC 2017 Review 4 - Climbing to the Back from Closed Guard (Xande VS Rustam Chsiev Part 1)

Xande's ADCC 2017 Review 4 - Climbing to the Back from Closed Guard (Xande VS Rustam Chsiev Part 1)

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Now analyzing his fight with Rustam Chsiev, Xande was again playing the closed guard, and after some threats to the arm, Rustam kept his elbows in tight on Xande's body. Xande pushed the elbow across, pulled down the head, and escaped his hips to create his angle. Staying tight, he reaches over the back and posts on his elbow so he can keep climbing. Using his top leg for leverage, he pushes off the back and brings his hips on top, where he can establish back control.

Inside the University 395 - Omoplata from Collar and Sleeve Guard

Inside the University 395 - Omoplata from Collar and Sleeve Guard

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Starting from the classic collar and sleeve guard, Victor is preventing his opponent from passing to the side his hips are facing, so his opponent squares up and looks to pass to the other side. As he is switching sides, Victor pulls the sleeve and pinches the shoulder down with his knee. From here he can throw his leg over the shoulder and lock the omoplata, and begin working to submit or sweep.

Ruotolo Twins Series 7 - Arm In De La Riva Back Take

Ruotolo Twins Series 7 - Arm In De La Riva Back Take

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Tye has the sleeve and collar grips, and sets up the the arm in De La Riva guard, with his other foot on Kade's hip. He pulls Kade in and elevates him off his feet, as he would for an overhead sweep. Tye takes out his De La Riva hook, and pushes with his foot on the hip, causing Kade to fall to the mat with his back taken. Tye now can place both hooks and already has Kade's arm trapped as well.

Ruotolo Twins Series 6 - Arm In De La Riva Triangle

Ruotolo Twins Series 6 - Arm In De La Riva Triangle

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Tye shoots his leg over Kade's arm to set up the arm in De La Riva again, but this time he is below the elbow and cannot do the armbar. He grabs the other sleeve and kicks out Kade's leg to break his posture. Now he raises his hips and shoots his hook leg over Kade's neck, and locks the triangle on him.

Ruotolo Twins Series 5 - Arm In De La Riva Armbar

Ruotolo Twins Series 5 - Arm In De La Riva Armbar

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From spider guard, Tye raises his hips off the mat and shoots his leg over Kade's arm, and pushes the arm away before he traps it with a De La Riva hook. Now Tye swims his arm under Kade's arm and places his hand on his own knee. By raising his elbow from here, he can force Kade to tap from the armbar.