Inside the University 1044 - Finishing the Brabo Choke Using Your Opponent's Arm

Inside the University 1044 - Finishing the Brabo Choke Using Your Opponent's Arm

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Often when setting up the Brabo choke, Gustavo's opponent will frame with his arms and try to push Gustavo away. In this case, Gustavo leans back and does like a biceps curl to pull his opponent's head off the ground. Now he pulls at the far elbow to bring the arm across the neck, and drops his chest on top of the shoulder to finish the choke.


Inside the University 1043 - Immobilizing the Hip for the Brabo Choke

Inside the University 1043 - Immobilizing the Hip for the Brabo Choke

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Gustavo covers an important detail of where to place your knee when applying the Brabo choke. After he frees it and cuts it to the other side, he drops it to the mat and uses it to pin and immobilize his opponent's hip. He does not fully commit his knee cut as if he was trying to pass. Instead he stays above his opponent where he can apply top pressure and finish the choke.

Inside the University 1042 - Finishing the Brabo Choke

Inside the University 1042 - Finishing the Brabo Choke

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After switching his hips and freeing his knee, Gustavo drops his knee to the mat and posts his free leg, almost if he's in a knee cut position. He feeds the lapel to his other hand with a palm up grip, and drops his elbow and shoulder heavy on his opponent. His other hand reaches for a cross collar grip, and he now he pulls his elbows in and lowers his chest to finish the Brabo choke.

Inside the University 1041 - Setting Up the Brabo Choke from Half Guard

Inside the University 1041 - Setting Up the Brabo Choke from Half Guard

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Gustavo is on top in his opponent's half guard, and is unable to get the underhook, but has a good cross face control. He opens the far lapel and feeds it under the armpit to his hand controlling the cross face for a stronger control. Now he can switch his hips to face his opponent and begin to free his knee from the half guard. From here he has options to pass the guard or look for the choke, which he will go over next.

Inside the University 1002 - Knee Cut Pass

Inside the University 1002 - Knee Cut Pass

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Answering a student's question on how to knee cut pass, Nick shows his preferred method. Starting from a headquarters position, he controls the outside lapel and inside knee, and cracks the whip to force his opponent on his side. This is when he cuts his knee across and begins his pressure passing. He also discusses how each person will adapt different ways to perform the same technique based on their body and abilities.

Inside the University 1001 - Avoiding the Knee Shield

Inside the University 1001 - Avoiding the Knee Shield

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Summing up the lesson, Nick talks about a doing proper knee cut pass which would be avoiding the knee shield all together. That should be the ultimate goal, but obviously won't always happen, which is when sprawling on the knee to pass comes into play.

Inside the University 1000 - Knowing When to Sprawl

Inside the University 1000 - Knowing When to Sprawl

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Nick watches students work the pass and corrects key details to the sprawl. The big point is to anticipate when your opponent will be trying to replace the half guard and sprawling on his leg to smash him.

Inside the University 999 - Smashing the Knee Shield

Inside the University 999 - Smashing the Knee Shield

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In this scenario, Nick is working his knee cut pass but his opponent has a good knee shield in blocking him from passing. Rather than trying to fight through it, Nick sprawls and drops his weight to smash the knee. His opponent reacts by straightening his leg in effort to replace half guard, so Nick times it and sprawls again to get away from the leg. Now he can work his way to the side and pass.

Inside the University 979 - Passing a High Knee Shield

Inside the University 979 - Passing a High Knee Shield

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This time Gustavo's opponent is playing a high knee shield guard with his knee up at Gustavo's chest, making it difficult to smash as he did before. In this case he puts his knee through the legs, controls the belt and brings his hips up high so can bend down and get his torso over the knee. Now he looks to smash and finish his pass by bringing his knee through.

Inside the University 978 - Controlling the Upper Body While Passing

Inside the University 978 - Controlling the Upper Body While Passing

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Now Professor Gustavo shows a couple ways how he can use his free hand to control the upper body while he is passing the knee shield. One way is to make a collar grip and pull his opponent in so his torso is curled and he can't stretch himself away from you. Another way is to grab his opponent's wrist and pin it to the mat.

Inside the University 977 - Knee Cutting Through the Knee Shield

Inside the University 977 - Knee Cutting Through the Knee Shield

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In this lesson Professor Gustavo goes over some half guard passing, beginning with his opponent playing the knee shield. His first objective is to put pressure on his opponent and smash his legs together. He controls the belt with a tight elbow to the body and drives his head underneath the chine. With his weight on his toes, he looks to drive his knee through and work his knee cut pass.

Inside the University 976 - Half Guard Q&A

Inside the University 976 - Half Guard Q&A

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Nick wraps up class with a Q&A session where he answers any questions his students have about all the techniques taught during this lesson.