Takamasa Watanabe Series 7 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Takamasa Watanabe Series 7 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

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With his opponent on his back playing open guard, Takamasa engages by grabbing the pants on one leg and underhooking the knee on the other. He pins the bottom leg to the mat and hugs the knee tight to his body. From here, he lets go of the knee and his arm wraps over the top and grips the bottom leg underneath, and his other hand makes a collar grip. Now he cuts his knee across the bottom shin, and works his way to the side. His collar grip now moves to a grip on the back, and he uses shoulder pressure to flatten his opponent, where he can establish side control.


Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 35 - Protecting the Inside from Classic Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 35 - Protecting the Inside from Classic Guard

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Xande covers the importance of protecting the inside from the classic guard, which is essentially preventing your opponent from controlling your hip with his knee and forcing the half guard. In the case his opponent is able to force the half, Xande shows how to use your elbow and hand to regain the inside, insert the shield and recover guard.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 34 - Threatening the Neck and Avoiding the Leg Smash Pass from Classic Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 34 - Threatening the Neck and Avoiding the Leg Smash Pass from Classic Guard

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Xande covers another way to maintain his classic guard by threatening his opponent's neck whenever he begins to apply pressure on Xande. If he doesn't get the choke, he can retain his guard. If his opponent is strong enough to smash his legs, Xande becomes elegant and posts on his forearm so he can turn his body down and pull his leg free to recover guard.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 33 - Maintaining Classic Guard with Knee Shield

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 33 - Maintaining Classic Guard with Knee Shield

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Xande covers the basics of maintaining his classic collar and sleeve guard, whether his opponent stands up to back away or kneels down to apply pressure. Xande uses his knee shield to create space, and his foot on the hip or pedal to create leverage. Another concept he comes back to is using the archer pose, when he pulls the sleeve up high, to create space to establish his pedal.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 5 - Protecting the Inside to Facilitate Knee Shield Insertion

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 5 - Protecting the Inside to Facilitate Knee Shield Insertion

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Now Xande covers how to insert his knee shield and how protecting the inside helps facilitate it. From half guard he first protects the inside by bringing his elbow to his hip, inside his opponent's leg. This movement puts him on his side and gives him the leverage to push his opponent and insert his knee shield.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 3 - Protecting the Inside and Defending the Forced Half Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 3 - Protecting the Inside and Defending the Forced Half Guard

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n this series Xande covers what he calls protecting the inside, which is his concept of defending from the bottom in half guard, mount, side control, etc., by wedging his elbow between his hip and his opponent. First in half guard, he shows his Landmark 2 position, which is staying on his side and bringing his elbow to his hip. Ultimately Xande will look to get to Landmark 3, which is his knee between his hip and elbow. While protecting the inside, it is crucial he stays on his side and does not allow his opponent to flatten him. After establishing Landmark 3, he can work his hip switch to recover his guard.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 2 - Understanding Landmarks One (Ribs), Two (Hips) and Three (Knees)

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 2 - Understanding Landmarks One (Ribs), Two (Hips) and Three (Knees)

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Xande explains what he calls landmarks one, two and three, which are your ribs, hips and knees, and how he applies this concept to his Jiu Jitsu. During the fight, especially while defending, he will always be either protecting his landmarks or looking to connect them. These concepts will become more clear as the lesson progresses.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 13 - Omoplata Sweep to Armbar

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 13 - Omoplata Sweep to Armbar

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From the omoplata, Masakazu's opponent postures up, not allowing him to reach over the back. Instead, he swims his arm underneath the body to wrap it around his torso. He rolls to the side, landing on top from the omoplata sweep. Now he grabs the elbow, places his hand on the mat, and steps back, placing his leg across the face and sitting back right into the armbar.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 11 - Knee On Belly Escape to Heel Hook

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 11 - Knee On Belly Escape to Heel Hook

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Masakazu's opponent has knee on belly, so he brings his knee behind the leg and grabs it with his arm, also behind the leg. He bumps him to the side, landing with the leg next to him, in perfect to position to grab the foot and finish the heel hook. He also shows a variation where he comes to the top and passes right away.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 7 - Takedown to Heel Hook

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 7 - Takedown to Heel Hook

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From behind, Masakazu wraps his arms around the waist, and steps his leg between his opponent's legs. He falls to the mat and turns, using his leg to sweep his opponent back in the 50/50 guard, as he slides his arm down the leg and traps the foot. Using his arm, he torques the heel to finish the submission.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 1 - Imanari Roll

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 1 - Imanari Roll

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In this series, Masakazu Imanari shows his famous Imanari Roll, and many other leg locks he uses in grappling and MMA. He starts off with a drill to practice the Imanari Roll. From a seated guard, with one leg between his legs, he reaches to the far leg, inverts and spins to the other leg, much like the kiss of the dragon. As he spins, his active leg wraps around his opponent's leg and his foot hooks behind the butt. Pinching the leg with both his legs, Imanari sweeps his opponent backward, landing with the foot in his side, ready to be finished with a heel hook.

Inside the University 1039 - Bumping the Knee to Sit Up to the Back

Inside the University 1039 - Bumping the Knee to Sit Up to the Back

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Gustavo goes over some details students have trouble with, and shows how he releases the knee from his grips in order to sit up to the back. He also shows a nice transition to the knee bar.