Takamasa Watanabe Series 11 - Back Take from Closed Guard

Takamasa Watanabe Series 11 - Back Take from Closed Guard

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From the closed guard, Takamasa pulls his legs in to break his opponent's posture, as he pushes his arm across his body using a sleeve grip. His other hand reaches over the back and grips the shoulder blade. Next, he escapes his hips so he is on the side of his opponent, not underneath. He extends his shoulder, posts his head on the mat, stretches his top leg and slides his bottom leg to make a hook. Now he posts his hand on the mat and climbs the back and makes the second hook.


Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 27 - Pose Zero Explained - Controlling and Resetting

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 27 - Pose Zero Explained - Controlling and Resetting

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Xande explains what pose zero is and how he applies it to his Jiu Jitsu. It is a neutral position which he can use to control his opponent from top or bottom, most commonly in side control or closed guard.

Xande VS Fellipe Trovo Fight Analysis 3 - Setting Up the Armbar from Closed Guard

Xande VS Fellipe Trovo Fight Analysis 3 - Setting Up the Armbar from Closed Guard

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Xande goes over how he was able to set up his armbar attempt on Fellipe, and it all started with controlling his head from the closed guard. As Fellipe stood up to try escaping, Xande found the time and space he needed to shoot the armbar, and fortunately the attempt was enough to earn him the judge's decision.

Xande VS Fellipe Trovo Fight Analysis 1 - Crossing Your Feet in the Armbar

Xande VS Fellipe Trovo Fight Analysis 1 - Crossing Your Feet in the Armbar

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For this segment Xande goes over some analysis of his match at Fight 2 Win 178 vs. Fellipe Trovo. To begin he discusses whether or not you should cross your feet while going for the armbar, how it can be good or bad, and how it effected his armbar attempt.

Inside the University 1049 - Attacking the Arm with a Low Bent Elbow

Inside the University 1049 - Attacking the Arm with a Low Bent Elbow

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Now showing a more practical situation when your opponent is experienced in Jiu-Jitsu, Gustavo's opponent is keeping his elbow bent and tight on Gustavo's body. With his collar grip already in place, Gustavo throws his free arm over his opponent's arm as he spins to trap the armbar.

Inside the University 1048 - Threatening the Neck to Get the Armbar

Inside the University 1048 - Threatening the Neck to Get the Armbar

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Showing a more advanced and practical setup for the armbar, Gustavo first makes a cross collar grip and threatens the choke by trying to reach across to make his other grip. His opponent naturally defends by blocking Gustavo's arm, giving Gustavo the perfect opportunity to now attack the outstretched arm.

Inside the University 1047 - Armbar Drill Alternating Sides

Inside the University 1047 - Armbar Drill Alternating Sides

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Using the same concepts, Gustavo combines the armbar movements in a more fluid manner and shows a drill attacking the arms and switching sides every time. It is important that his head moves as he spins, and his body follows so that he ends up perpendicular to his opponent when finishing the armbar.

Inside the University 1046 - Exaggerating Hip Movement While Practicing the Armbar

Inside the University 1046 - Exaggerating Hip Movement While Practicing the Armbar

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Gustavo covers a little more detail in the armbar steps, but really emphasizing the movement in your hips. Not only when swinging your hips in rotation, but really elevating off the mat to capture the arm. Also, it is very important to bite down with your leg over the head, and prevent your opponent from moving you in any direction.

Inside the University 1045 - Armbar from Closed Guard in a Self Defense Situation

Inside the University 1045 - Armbar from Closed Guard in a Self Defense Situation

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Starting off with a common self defense scenario, Gustavo is in closed guard with his opponent trying to choke him with both hands around his neck. Gustavo grips an arm behind the elbow and his other arm goes under the leg, gaining leverage as he spins his hips. He raises his hips and bites down over the head with his leg to trap the arm and get the submission.

Inside the University 1014 - How to Use a Triangle in a Self Defense Situation

Inside the University 1014 - How to Use a Triangle in a Self Defense Situation

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While showing how effective a triangle can be in a self defense situation, Nick goes over a very important detail. If your opponent attempts to pick you up and slam you, you can stop this by simply hooking his leg with your arm.

Inside the University 1012 - Triangle from Closed Guard

Inside the University 1012 - Triangle from Closed Guard

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After breaking his opponent's posture as shown previously, Nick gets the overhook, escapes his hips and pulls the head down. When his opponent makes a move to push his knee, Nick grabs the wrist and pins it to his opponent's body. From here it's easy for him to bring his leg over the top and cross his feet to start setting up the triangle.

Inside the University 1011 - Breaking Your Opponent's Posture in Closed Guard

Inside the University 1011 - Breaking Your Opponent's Posture in Closed Guard

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Nick shows two ways to break your opponent's posture while in closed guard. In the first one, he swims his arms inside and pushes his opponent's arms off his belly while he pulls in with his legs. He finishes with an overhook and head control. In the second, his opponent puts his knee in Nick's but looking to open the guard, and Nick times his pull with his legs to break posture and then gets head control.