Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 6 - Breaking Down the Side Closed Guard

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 6 - Breaking Down the Side Closed Guard

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After Xande fought his way to get on top, Roger was able to get a side closed guard and reach over Xande's back to get a sleeve grip. Xande breaks down some mistakes he made while stuck in the position, and also covers some things he would have been looking to do if he was in Roger's position.


Victor Hugo No Gi Worlds 2019 Series 1 - Muscle Sweep to Triangle Choke

Victor Hugo No Gi Worlds 2019 Series 1 - Muscle Sweep to Triangle Choke

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In this series, Victor Hugo goes over some of the techniques he used on the way to become Absolute Champion at the 2019 No Gi Worlds. First is a submission from the closed guard. When his opponent stands up, he wraps the leg and goes for the muscle sweep, but his opponent does not accept the sweep and tries to get back up. Victor now uses the space to pull his leg out and throw it over the shoulder to lock a triangle choke.

Inside the University 865 - 2 on 1 Sleeve Sweep to Triangle

Inside the University 865 - 2 on 1 Sleeve Sweep to Triangle

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This time when Victor uses the 2 on 1 grip to drag the arm across and go for the sweep, his opponent resists and fights to get back to the top. Victor allows his opponent to come back to the top position, but pulls his leg out and throws it over the shoulder to lock a triangle as his opponent is coming back up.

Inside the University 864 - 2 on 1 Sleeve Control Sweep to Mount

Inside the University 864 - 2 on 1 Sleeve Control Sweep to Mount

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Victor gets his 2 on 1 sleeve control and escapes his hips a bit to bring his leg into the armpit, as if he was going for an armbar. In this case, it's too difficult to hit the armbar, so he hits hard with his leg to sweep and comes on top to mount.

Inside the University 863 - Setting Up 2 on 1 Sleeve Control

Inside the University 863 - Setting Up 2 on 1 Sleeve Control

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Once he has his opponent in his closed guard, Victor likes to drag the arm across his body and get a two on one grip, controlling the sleeve and the triceps. Here he goes into detail on how he breaks his opponents grip, and what angle of leverage he uses depending on how his opponent is gripping.

Inside the University 862 - Pulling Closed Guard

Inside the University 862 - Pulling Closed Guard

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Fresh off his Open Weight No Gi World Championship, Professor Victor Hugo shows how he likes to pull closed guard. After getting his collar and sleeve grip, he steps to the side at a 45 degree angle, places his opposite foot on the hip and drops to closed guard. The side step helps him prevent his opponent from getting his knee in between them.

Josh Hinger Guillotine Seminar Trailer

Josh Hinger Guillotine Seminar Trailer

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If you haven't already, make sure you go back and check out Josh Hinger's guillotine seminar at the University. Learn the ins and outs of finishing a killer guillotine from a 3X No Gi World Champion.

Inside the University 861 - Closed Guard Arm Drag to Armbar

Inside the University 861 - Closed Guard Arm Drag to Armbar

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This time when Alex drags the arm across, his opponent steps his leg up on the side his arm was dragged from. Alex steps on the hip and locks his legs, trapping the arm. From here, depending on how his opponent reacts, Alex can finish a straight armbar, Americana or wrist lock.

Inside the University 860 - Arm Drag Sweep to Mount

Inside the University 860 - Arm Drag Sweep to Mount

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Alex drags the arm and shifts his hips to get to the side closed guard, but this time his opponent drives his weight into him, trying to prevent the back take. Alex reaches to grab the pants at the knee, pulls it to him and sweeps in the direction his opponent is pushing, ending up in the mount.

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 858 - Closed Guard Arm Drag

Inside the University 858 - Closed Guard Arm Drag

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When playing closed guard, Alex's first objective is to break his opponent's grip on him, and drag the arm across his body. Then he will shift his hips to the side and reach over the back, where he has some options he will cover next. Sometimes, he is able to get a quick wrist lock if his opponent insists on keep his grip.

Inside the University 857 - Basics of the Closed Guard

Inside the University 857 - Basics of the Closed Guard

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To begin his lesson, Professor Alex discusses some basic concepts of playing the closed guard, emphasizing how he prefers to sit on his opponent's lap rather than the floor. Before showing techniques he has the students work on opening the guard, so everyone can get an idea of where he's going next.