Dennis Hallman Series 10 - Kneebar from Half Guard on Top

Dennis Hallman Series 10 - Kneebar from Half Guard on Top

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Dennis is on top in his opponent's half guard, and when his opponent lays flat, he turns away planting his right hand on the mat and stepping his left leg backward to a sitting a position. From here he hugs his opponent's leg and lays back to finish the kneebar. If his opponent figure fours his legs to defend, Dennis can easily peal the leg off with his hand.


Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 8 - Passing to Mount with Cross Collar Grip

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 8 - Passing to Mount with Cross Collar Grip

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Rafael works for the same pass shown in the previous technique, but this time his opponent brings his inverted De La Riva hook to the the other side. Now when Rafael frees his trapped leg, he puts his knee forward to pin his opponent's thigh, most likely ending up in 3/4 mount position. Since he already has his cross collar grip, he can attack the neck and most likely his opponent will try to bridge to escape. This allows Rafael to settle in to full mount and work to submit.

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 7 - Passing with the Thumb In Cross Collar Grip

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 7 - Passing with the Thumb In Cross Collar Grip

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While working from his headquarters position, Rafael's opponent turns and switches to an inverted De La Riva guard. With one hand already gripping the pants, Rafael turns his shoulder and toes to the knee and reaches across with his other hand to make the thumb in cross collar grip. He drops his outside knee to the mat for a solid base and pins the head using his forearm. Now he just stretches his leg until he breaks his opponent's grip and can pass to the side.

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 6 - Transitioning Between Knee Cut and Side Smash

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 6 - Transitioning Between Knee Cut and Side Smash

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Rafael touches on a few points of his passing game, including how he can transition between the knee cut and side smash passes. While working the knee cut, if his opponent tries to turn into the knee the opposite direction Rafael is facing, this is the time to go with his momentum and settle in on the side smash. From here he can go back the knee cut if necessary, and keep going back and forth until something opens up for him.

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 5 - Modified Guillotine Choke with Cross Collar Grip

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 5 - Modified Guillotine Choke with Cross Collar Grip

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Rafael uses his knee cut to pass the guard with his four fingers in cross collar grip, and his opponent begins to turn in to him and try to turtle. Rafael lets him turn a little and then stops him using shoulder pressure on the arm, and with his free arm, he reaches over the shoulder and grabs the belt. Now he flexes his wrist on the neck and clears his opponent's bottom arm with his knee, before switching his hips and dropping them to the mat. From here he keeps his ribs heavy on his opponent's face, squeezes with his elbow and wrist, and steps his leg over the body to finish the choke.

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 4 - When to Use the Thumb In Collar Grip

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 4 - When to Use the Thumb In Collar Grip

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When using the cross knee or knee cut pass, the most important thing for Rafael is that he can use his elbow to put pressure on his opponent’s neck and face. With the thumb in collar grip, he has a hard time utilizing his elbow pressure, so he prefers to go four fingers in. However, in almost every other situation, Rafael will use the thumb in grip. This does not necessarily mean either is right or wrong, but this is what works for him.

Inside the University 451 - Deep Half Guard Sweep to Foot Lock

Inside the University 451 - Deep Half Guard Sweep to Foot Lock

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Leonel hits his deep half guard sweep after his opponent cross faces him, as shown in the previous technique, and has established top position. He steps his knee up so that both of his opponent's legs are on top of his thigh. While still controlling the sleeve grip, his other arm wraps around the ankle to begin his foot lock attack, and he pulls the top leg across the bottom leg, and tucks his elbow in between. Now he steps his other leg so his knee is on the belly, and he sits back perpendicular, making sure to squeeze his knees the whole time as he finishes the foot lock.

Claudia do Val Series 6 - Submission Series from Half Guard

Claudia do Val Series 6 - Submission Series from Half Guard

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Claudia is on top in her opponent's half guard, and because of her shoulder injury, she could not put a heavy cross face on her opponent. Instead she switches her base so that her hips are facing her opponent, and she traps the hips with her knee and forearm. If her opponent leaves her arm over Claudia's arm, Claudia raises her elbow up to the armpit, then swims her arm through and across the neck, where she can wrap it around the head and attack the Kata Gatame. If her opponent swims her arm under Claudia's arm, Claudia traps it with her elbow and grabs the wrist. From here, she can either attack the wrist lock, or make a Kimura grip and straighten the arm to submit with an arm lock.

Inside the University 410 - Back Take from Three Quarter Mount

Inside the University 410 - Back Take from Three Quarter Mount

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Again from three quarter mount, Victor slides his body down and keeps his weight on his opponent's leg and looks to get the cross face. But this time his opponent is defending by staying on his side and blocking Victor's arm. Now Victor uses his stomach to trap the arm, and reaches around behind the head and grabs the wrist. Next he brings his free leg up so his knee is behind the shoulders, and he feeds his other hand through, connecting his Kimura grip. From here he just opens his knee and sits back, pulling his opponent on top of him before rolling to the other side, where he can throw on his second hook and establish back control.

Inside the University 409 - Passing the Three Quarter Mount to Mount

Inside the University 409 - Passing the Three Quarter Mount to Mount

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Victor is on top of his opponent, almost in the mount position, except his foot is trapped, leaving him in three quarter mount. First he slides his free leg down, and sits his weight on his opponent's thighs. Now he puts his arm behind the head, grabbing the back of the gi, and connects his shoulder to the chest. Using his foot to push off the mat, Victor drives his weight toward the side of his free leg, and puts heavy pressure on his opponent and drives forward until he can free his foot and establish the mount.

Inside the University 408 - Brabo Choke from Half Guard

Inside the University 408 - Brabo Choke from Half Guard

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From inside his opponent's half guard, Professor Kayan pulls his opponent's far lapel out of the belt, feeds it under the armpit and behind the neck to his other hand, establishing a strong cross face. Next he switches his hips so he is facing him, and then stands up to free his knee from the half guard, and cuts it across the thigh so his hips are facing away now. Now he changes the lapel grip to his other hand, with his wrist tight to the back of the neck. From here he has two options to finish. He can grab the gi at the shoulder and finish with a cross choke, or he can pull his opponent's far arm across his neck and drop his weight with his chest on the arm to finish the choke.

Inside the University 399 - Maintaining Pressure While Passing

Inside the University 399 - Maintaining Pressure While Passing

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Gustavo covers some important details for his guard pass. Here he emphasizes putting pressure on his opponent during the smash, with his shoulder on the hips and his head on the chest. Also, he stays on his toes rather than dropping to his knees. This way he can drive his weight forward.