Inside the University 711 - Butterfly Hook Sweep with Over Belt Grip

Inside the University 711 - Butterfly Hook Sweep with Over Belt Grip

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Now Xande is in his butterfly guard and his opponent is staying tight, pinching Xande's legs with his elbows. Xande reaches over and across the back to grab the belt, and his other hand grabs the knee. He gets on his elbow to the half sit position, and begins to build his jack. He clamps down his elbow on the back to keep his opponent close, and as he keeps raising, he can easily sweep his opponent.


Inside the University 710 - When to Release Your Hook

Inside the University 710 - When to Release Your Hook

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Answering a question on whether or not it's OK to release your hook when applying the armbar, Xande shows why he prefers to keep the hook in. It allows him to keep his opponent at bay if he tries to pressure Xande down. However, if he stands up and tries to back out, Xande releases the hook and places both feet on the hips, and can still finish the armbar.

Inside the University 709 - Greco Grip and Tight Grip

Inside the University 709 - Greco Grip and Tight Grip

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Further explaining how to grip the arm when finishing the armbar, Xande shows two variations. The first is what he calls the Greco grip, where each hand grabs the other forearm. The second he calls the tight grip, where one hand grabs his biceps and the other the outside of his elbow. He also shows how to turn the position into an arm drag if your opponent slides his arm free.

Inside the University 708 - Reverse Armbar from Butterfly Guard

Inside the University 708 - Reverse Armbar from Butterfly Guard

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Now Xande pulls himself underneath his opponent from butterfly guard, and lifts him off the ground. When his opponent posts his arms on the mat to keep his base, Xande kicks out the hook on the opposite side of the arm he wants to attack. With his opponent stretched out, he traps the arm between his head and shoulder, and clamps down to finish the reverse armbar. If he is unable to finish, he has other options such as sweeping or taking the back.

Inside the University 707 - Butterfly Lift

Inside the University 707 - Butterfly Lift

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Xande first discusses how to gauge your distance and find the correct positioning to play your butterfly guard. When lifting his opponent, his elbow goes up as he turns the wheel, and his knee follows behind. As soon as he lifts his hip off the mat, his head touches the mat and stays until he finishes the sweep.

Inside the University 706 - Butterfly Hook Jack Lever Drill

Inside the University 706 - Butterfly Hook Jack Lever Drill

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Before showing the details of the butterfly hook sweep, Xande first goes over his jack lever / turning the wheel drill. From his butterfly guard, he grabs both sleeves by the triceps and tucks one foot in behind his hook foot. He turns the wheel with the sleeves and falls down to his shoulder. As he goes, he lifts his jack, which is his hook foot, raising his opponent off the mat. As he completes his roll to the side, he sweeps his opponent and establishes top position.

Inside the University 662 - Hook Sweep to Under Guard Sweep

Inside the University 662 - Hook Sweep to Under Guard Sweep

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Xande goes for his hook sweep, but his opponent defends by posting his leg out. Xande reaches his arm all the way under the leg and uses his foot on the mat and his hook to pull himself underneath, forcing his opponent to base himself. Xande lets go of the belt to push the chest and hugs the leg with his shoulder. Now he straightens his leg to stretch his opponent away and post on his hand, giving him the space he needs to do a technical stand up and finish the sweep.

Inside the University 661 - Reverse Armbar from Butterfly Guard with Double Underhooks

Inside the University 661 - Reverse Armbar from Butterfly Guard with Double Underhooks

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First off, Xande shows a few different grips, and why the wrist to wrist grip is the strongest, and his preferred grip for this armbar. From the butterfly guard, he uses the same setup from the last technique to establish his double underhooks. He tries to stretch him out but this time his opponent stays heavy and posts his hands on the mat. Xande swims under the arm and catches his wrist to wrist grip at the triceps. From here he flares his elbow up and brings the arm to his neck, while stretching his legs. Now he has the space and leverage to squeeze and finish the reverse armbar.

Inside the University 660 - Inserting Your Underhook

Inside the University 660 - Inserting Your Underhook

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In this scenario, Xande's opponent is staying low and tight, and not allowing him to get his underhook. Xande makes a grip on the back of the gi on the opposite side he wants his underhook. Next he stretches his leg on the other side, opening up the space he needs to insert his underhook. He squares his body back to the center and gets his second underhook. Now he can stretch both his legs to push his opponent back, then sit up and set himself up for the sweep.

Inside the University 659 - Staying Connected While Sweeping

Inside the University 659 - Staying Connected While Sweeping

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Xande touches on a few key details about staying connected, first off with your forehead. While setting up his sweep, he keeps his forehead connected to his opponent's body. While coming up to the top after sweeping, he keeps his forehead connected to the ground, which allows him the leverage he needs to get up. Another important detail is that his hook stays connected while sweeping, rather than trying to kick his opponent up and off his hook, which will not work against a resisting opponent.

Inside the University 658 - Butterfly Guard Hook Sweep

Inside the University 658 - Butterfly Guard Hook Sweep

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With his opponent on his knees, Xande sets up his butterfly guard with an underhook and his head on the opposite side of the body, always staying connected. Depending on whether his opponent posts his hand on the mat or on Xande's knee, Xande grabs the triceps or the wrist, and traps the arm to his body. Now he rolls to the side, staying tight with his hook and pushing off the mat with his free foot. Using the momentum, he comes to the top already in position to pass the guard.

Inside the University 656 - Triangle from Butterfly Guard

Inside the University 656 - Triangle from Butterfly Guard

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Victor Hugo shows the triangle setup he used to finish his final fight. After pulling guard, he tries for a hook sweep, but his opponent keeps a heavy base and posts on Victor's knee. Victor grabs the wrist and pushes it in, and brings his bottom foot to the thigh and his top leg over the shoulder as he would for an omoplata. His opponent reacts by posturing up, so Victor throws his legs up and locks his feet to set up his triangle. Now he can bring the arm across and adjust the triangle to submit.