Inside the University 438 - Getting Full Rotation

Inside the University 438 - Getting Full Rotation

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Another detail while Gustavo turns his hips in the air is that he is rotating fully, until he is looking at the mat. From here, his opponent cannot continue to control his legs and will give up space for Gustavo to recover guard. Once he has recovered guard, Gustavo likes to immediately throw some attacks, like an omoplata, collar drag or anything available to keep his opponent defending.


Inside the University 437 - Avoiding Pressure

Inside the University 437 - Avoiding Pressure

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Focusing on a common mistake he sees his students making, Gustavo shows how some are crunching their bodies up and actually creating more pressure on themselves. Instead, they should be basing on their elbow and extending their body away from their opponent. Then he has the leverage to straighten his arm and bring his hips high in the air and turn to recover his guard.

Inside the University 436 - Finding Space Under the Head

Inside the University 436 - Finding Space Under the Head

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Answering a student's question about what to do when your opponent buries his head in your chest and doesn't give the space to make a collar grip, Gustavo just pushes the shoulder to defend the pass, and eventually his opponent will move and open the space. It is important, however, that he doesn't push his opponent's head. This will only make passing the guard easier for him.

Inside the University 435 - Defending the Leg Squeeze Pass

Inside the University 435 - Defending the Leg Squeeze Pass

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Professor Gustavo's opponent has both of his legs squeezed and is trying to pass his guard, so first Gustavo bases up on his elbow and reaches his other hand in for a cross collar grip and extends his arm. Pushing the edge of his foot off the floor, Gustavo raises his hips off the mat and turns facing down with his butt high in the air. As soon as he feels his opponent readjust his position, he turns back and replaces his guard.

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.