Giva Santana Arm Collector Series 3 - Armbar from Closed Guard

Giva Santana Arm Collector Series 3 - Armbar from Closed Guard

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From the closed guard, Giva first reaches across to grab the upper arm on the sleeve, and his other hand reaches across to grab the shoulder and pull his opponent down. His foot comes to the hip, trapping the arm tight with his leg. His other leg comes up under the armpit as he rotates his body and further breaks his opponent's posture. Now he brings his leg over the head, and finishes by raising his hips and pulling the arm down at the wrist.


Xande's Omoplata Series 10 - Shoulder Catch from Muscle Sweep Attempt

Xande's Omoplata Series 10 - Shoulder Catch from Muscle Sweep Attempt

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Again Xande is in the closed guard with the cross sleeve grip, and his opponent stands up to try to pass. Xande swims his arm under the leg for the muscle sweep, but now his hips drop low, rather than stay up. Instead of swinging his leg for the ballerina catch, he brings his far foot onto the shoulder, and uses it to base as he picks up his hips and catches the omoplata with his other leg. He can also do the same shoulder catch using a pants grip rather than trapping the leg with his arm.

Xande's Omoplata Series 9 - Ballerina Catch from Muscle Sweep Attempt

Xande's Omoplata Series 9 - Ballerina Catch from Muscle Sweep Attempt

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From the closed guard, Xande has the cross sleeve grip and his opponent stands up to pass. Keeping the grip close to his chest, Xande hooks the leg and opens his guard. While keeping his hips up, he pushes off his near leg to swing his far leg, while punching the arm inward. Now he can catch the omoplata, and set up his next move from here.

Xande's Omoplata Series 8 - Omoplata from Closed Guard (Rubber Guard)

Xande's Omoplata Series 8 - Omoplata from Closed Guard (Rubber Guard)

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From the closed guard, Xande swims his arms inside his opponent's arms to spread them out and breaks his posture by pulling him in with his legs. One hand goes behind the neck and the other arm traps the arm he will attack. He opens his guard to escape his hips to the attacking side. His opponent postures up some, so he frames against his neck and swings his leg over the shoulder. If you are flexible, you can grab your leg to help pull it over. Once the leg is over the shoulder, adjust your hips and you are in the omoplata position, ready to use any of the previous finishes shown.

JT Torres 2nd Series 9 - Shoulder Lock from Triangle

JT Torres 2nd Series 9 - Shoulder Lock from Triangle

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JT starts with his triangle locked but just his feet are crossed. His opponent is protecting his arm by keeping it behind JT's hips. JT lifts his hips off the mat and grabs the elbow. His leg on the shoulder stays heavy and his other foot goes on the hip to help him walk his hips back. Now his foot on the hip goes to the rib cage and he closes his knees to finish the shoulder lock.

Inside The University 274 - Faceplant Collar Drag from Closed Guard

Inside The University 274 - Faceplant Collar Drag from Closed Guard

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From the closed guard, Xande makes a grip on the collar, opens his guard and moves himself back to a seated guard position. In this scenario, his opponent does not have any grips, so Xande posts his hand on the mat, raises his leg and switches his hips as he pull his opponent face first to the mat, making sure to land his elbow. Now Xande releases the collar and pushes off the mat as he reaches for his opponent's hip to gain back control.

Daisuke Nakamura Series 6 - Wrist Lock from Closed Guard

Daisuke Nakamura Series 6 - Wrist Lock from Closed Guard

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From his closed guard, Daisuke reaches for his opponent's lapel, but his opponent blocks by grabbing his wrist. With his free hand, Daisuke grabs his opponent's elbow and pulls it tight to his body. Now his pulls his knees to his body and rolls his body up, using his abs. He turns his arm in to finish the wrist lock.

Inside The University 246 - Triangle Choke Defense

Inside The University 246 - Triangle Choke Defense

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Saulo discusses one of his fights at the Pan Ams, and shows how he setup a triangle on his opponent, but focuses on how his opponent should have reacted to defend. Saulo drops his level and leans back to create space, allowing him to open his opponent's legs and escape the triangle.

Inside The University 237 - Pe de Pano Sweep from Closed Guard (James Puopolo)

Inside The University 237 - Pe de Pano Sweep from Closed Guard (James Puopolo)

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Continuing in the closed guard, James now climbs his legs up his opponent's back, causing him to pull his arm out. James swings his leg over the head to a near omoplata position as before. Keeping his hips off the ground, and maintaining the cross sleeve and pants grips, James kicks up to his shoulder, facing his opponent and rolls to complete the sweep. From here he can block the hip, trap the head and move to side control.

Inside The University 236 - Triangle or Omoplata from Closed Guard (James Puopolo)

Inside The University 236 - Triangle or Omoplata from Closed Guard (James Puopolo)

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James shows another favorite position of his from closed guard using a cross sleeve grip and a pants grip on his opponent. He first plants his foot on the ground and kicks his other leg as if he wants to sweep his opponent, which gives him the space to free his leg and close a triangle, or an omoplata, depending on his opponent's size and reaction.

Inside The University 235 - Arm Drag to Barrel Roll Sweep from Closed Guard (James Puopolo)

Inside The University 235 - Arm Drag to Barrel Roll Sweep from Closed Guard (James Puopolo)

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Guest Instructor, James Puopolo, shows some closed guard positions he really likes, and starts with the arm drag series. He starts by getting a 2-on-1 grip on the sleeve, drags the arm across, and begins climbing to the back and grabs the lapel if possible. His opponent can react many ways, but in this scenario, he tries to push back into James and pull his arm back. James counters by grabbing the pants, planting his foot and sweeping his opponent, and rolling on top to the mount.

Inside The University 234 - Muscle Sweep from Closed Guard

Inside The University 234 - Muscle Sweep from Closed Guard

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Starting in the closed guard, Saulo's opponent stands up to pass, so Saulo immediately hooks the leg with his arm and brings his shoulder close to the leg, hugging the leg tight while flexing his biceps. With his other hand gripping the cross sleeve, Saulo drops his hips and bumps the inside of his opponent's thigh, forcing the sweep. Saulo keeps the grip on the sleeve and uses it to help him come up to establish the technical mount position.