Inside the University 894 - Redirecting Your Opponent

Inside the University 894 - Redirecting Your Opponent

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Answering a student's question, Xande breaks down the importance of redirecting his opponent's force to create angles that allow him to make space and gain leverage to recover his guard.


Inside the University 893 - When to Prop Your Forearm to Recover Guard

Inside the University 893 - When to Prop Your Forearm to Recover Guard

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Xande explains when and how to prop yourself up on your forearm while your opponent is trying to keep pressure on you and pass your guard. He also explains the importance of using your prop to create distance and leverage so you can recover your guard.

Inside the University 891 - Recovering Guard from the Superhold

Inside the University 891 - Recovering Guard from the Superhold

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Now Xande goes over how he uses these movement principles to recover his guard when his opponent has a superhold grip on him. First he bumps to create space so he can insert his shield, which he uses to push off and extend his body so he can insert his frame. Next he likes to bring in his pedal and look to recover guard or go right into setting up some attacks.

Inside the University 890 - The Difference Between Exercise and Technique

Inside the University 890 - The Difference Between Exercise and Technique

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Xande explains to some newer students the difference between drilling an exercise and drilling a technique. In this case, he saw some of the white belts rolling to their bellies like they did during the warm up drill, and explains how the rolling is practice to get the movement down but not to be used in a practical situation.

Inside the University 889 - Creating Space and Leverage by Rotating Your Body

Inside the University 889 - Creating Space and Leverage by Rotating Your Body

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Going back to the side roll mobility warmup drill from last week, Xande shows one way he applies that movement into his Jiu Jitsu, in this case from his knee shield guard. After placing his shield and pushing off with it, he not only extends his upper body, but rotates it as he did in the rolling drill. This gives him the space and leverage he needs to prop himself up on his elbow and recover to a better position. The scissoring of the legs and rotation of the body are the keys to this movement.

Victor Hugo No Gi Worlds 2019 Series 4 - Knee Bar Setup from Single Leg X Guard

Victor Hugo No Gi Worlds 2019 Series 4 - Knee Bar Setup from Single Leg X Guard

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Victor sets up a single leg X guard with his hook on the outside leg, and he grabs his opponent's leg to begin his attack. His opponent tries to pull it out, so Victor readjusts his grip and brings the leg across to a 50/50 guard. From here he grabs the other leg and feints a sweep, causing his opponent to base his leg, which gives Victor the leverage he needs to finish the knee bar.

Victor Hugo No Gi Worlds 2019 Series 3 - Ankle Pick Sweep

Victor Hugo No Gi Worlds 2019 Series 3 - Ankle Pick Sweep

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Victor is playing the seated guard and pulls his opponent's head down, causing him to react by posturing back up. Victor uses this opportunity to grab the heel and push his opponent back as he comes up to finish the ankle pick sweep.

Inside the University 859 - Closed Guard Arm Drag to the Back

Inside the University 859 - Closed Guard Arm Drag to the Back

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Now when Professor Alex does his arm drag from the closed guard, he looks to climb onto the back. After dragging the arm, he adjusts himself to a side closed guard. From here he posts on his elbow and climbs his way to the back, where he looks to sink in both hooks and secure back control.

Inside the University 854 - Back Take from Deep Half Guard on Top

Inside the University 854 - Back Take from Deep Half Guard on Top

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After his opponent gets deep half guard on him, Victor establishes his base and now looks to take the back. He swims his arm underneath his own leg and grabs his opponent's knee with his other hand. Now he rolls over his shoulder, kicks his opponent's legs away and escapes his hips to get the back control.

Josh Hinger Guillotine Series 2 - Guillotine Setup to Anaconda Choke

Josh Hinger Guillotine Series 2 - Guillotine Setup to Anaconda Choke

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In this situation, Josh has sprawled on his opponent after he shot on him. After securing his guillotine grip, Josh sits into his "Gangster" guard and is able to put his opponent on his side with very limited mobility. Here Josh is able to trap arm with his legs and drag it across the neck, so he can lock up a tight anaconda choke.

Inside the University 845 - Omoplata from Classic Guard

Inside the University 845 - Omoplata from Classic Guard

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Now showing one of his favorite go to attacks from the classic guard, Xande breaks down his omoplata. When his opponent walks to the side and steps over his leg, Xande uses his legs to scissor his opponent's leg and stop his progress. He brings his bottom foot to the far hip and squares his hips, using his momentum to continue his hip rotation and attack the omoplata right away.

Inside the University 844 - Shin to Hip Connection in Classic Guard

Inside the University 844 - Shin to Hip Connection in Classic Guard

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Xande breaks down some core concepts of the classic guard, and explains how getting in position to scissors sweep is his go to first action. From here he can look for other attacks and come back to the scissors if they don't succeed. He also stresses the importance of your shin bone staying connected to your opponent's hip bone while playing classic guard.