Inside the University 693 - Recovering from Half Guard

Inside the University 693 - Recovering from Half Guard

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Now Xande shows how to approach the previous half guard passes if you are on bottom. His first detail is to never stay flat on your back. He immediately turns to his side and brings his elbow in. As his opponent reaches the arm over and turns his base, Xande pushes with his elbow frame, and escapes his hips. Sometimes he can take the back and sometimes he will just recover his guard.


Inside the University 687 - Super Hold Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 687 - Super Hold Half Guard Pass

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Showing his strongest position, from inside the half guard, Xande makes his super hold grip with his palm under the head facing down and the palm under the armpit facing up. He windshield wipers his outside leg so that his toes are in his opponent's calf, stapling the leg down. With his chin on top of his hand, he gets up on his toes and brings his knee of his trapped leg up high. From here he can work toward the mount or cut it to outside to knee slide pass.

Inside the University 668 - Hannette Staack - Half Guard Sweep

Inside the University 668 - Hannette Staack - Half Guard Sweep

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Starting from the same set up with the lapel already in her underhook hand, Hannette feels that Xande is blocking her from going to the back, so she reaches in and grabs his sleeve with her free hand. She tucks her elbows in and changes her legs so her outside foot is now hooking the inside of Xande's leg. Using her other foot planted on the mat, she shifts her hips underneath Xande several times until she is on the other side and he is completely off balance. Now she can easily roll and sweep Xande, keeping her head tight to his chest and she comes to the top.

Inside the University 667 - Hannette Staack - Back Take from Half Guard

Inside the University 667 - Hannette Staack - Back Take from Half Guard

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Special guest and multiple time world champion, Hannette Staack, shows a couple of her favorite half guard positions during her surprise visit to the University of Jiu Jitsu. Starting from half guard with her underhook reaching across the back and her head tight to the chest, Hannette opens the lapel with her free hand and feeds it to her underhook. Next she swims her free hand between herself and Xande, feeding the lapel to it, and her underhook reaches up to grab the back of the collar. Now she kicks her leg and pushes the collar, creating space for her to sit up to his back. With Xande in turtle, she can throw her free leg over the back and sink in her hook to establish back control.

Inside the University 616 - Push-Pull Off Balance to Deep Half Guard Sweep

Inside the University 616 - Push-Pull Off Balance to Deep Half Guard Sweep

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After answering some questions on the triangle, Gustavo does his push-pull and off balance, but this time his opponent keeps a good control of his leg and he is unable to break the grip. Now Gustavo lifts his leg and swims his arm underneath, while spinning his hips to establish deep half guard. From here he lets go of his own shin to bring his arm out and rolls inside to get the sweep.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 14 - Elevated Scissor Sweep from Half Guard

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 14 - Elevated Scissor Sweep from Half Guard

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Following the same set up as before, Eduardo traps the arm, hooks the leg and elevates his opponent. However, instead of looking to recover closed guard this time, he looks to sweep instead. Now when he brings his leg to the outside, he uses it like a scissor to sweep his opponent and establish his top position.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 13 - Replacing Closed Guard from Half Guard

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 13 - Replacing Closed Guard from Half Guard

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From the half guard, Eduardo attempts the bridge sweep shown in the previous technique, but he cannot get his leg on the outside of his opponent's far leg this time. So now he pulls his opponent on top of him, grabs the far knee and hooks the inside of the trapped leg. Using his hook, he lifts his opponent and creates space to bring his other leg around to close his guard.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 12 - Half Guard Bridge Sweep

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 12 - Half Guard Bridge Sweep

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Eduardo's opponent is on top in half guard with heavy shoulder pressure, so Eduardo locks the inside leg with a triangle and pushes the foot away with his foot. Now he grabs the hand that is pushing his knee, and pulls it down. He reaches over the arm and grabs the belt, trapping the arm now. Next he moves his legs so that his foot is now blocking the far leg rather than the near foot, and his other foot plants on the mat so he can bridge and sweep his opponent.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 11 - Pulling Half Guard to Sweep

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 11 - Pulling Half Guard to Sweep

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From standing, Eduardo gets his cross collar and sleeve grips, and kicks at his opponent's leg to make him step back. This opens the space for him to pull half guard. Now depending on his opponent's reaction, he can set up different sweeps. If his opponent stays on his knees, he shoves the wrist to the body and kicks back to roll his opponent. If he steps one leg up, Eduardo comes underneath to an X guard and sweeps.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 10 - Guillotine from Takedown Defense

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 10 - Guillotine from Takedown Defense

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From standing up, Eduardo has his arm resting on his leg to protect from takedowns. As his opponent shoots in for the single leg, he cups the chin, pushes the head to the outside and sets up his guillotine lock. From here he has the options to finish while standing up, or fall back to a closed or half guard to finish.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 7 - Escaping the Knee Cut Pass

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 7 - Escaping the Knee Cut Pass

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Eduardo's opponent is working to pass his guard with the knee cut, so his first line of defense is to block his arm at the biceps. Now he does a big bridge into his opponent, stretching his outside arm across as far as he can. This creates the space he needs to swim his head and body out from underneath, and get to a control position while his opponent is on his knees.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 4 - Elevator Sweep from Half Guard

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 4 - Elevator Sweep from Half Guard

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From the half guard, Eduardo reaches over his opponent's underhooking arm, and grabs the belt, trapping the arm. His other hand grabs the pants at the knee, and he escapes his hips so he can place his hook under the thigh on the same side of his belt grip. Now he plants his other foot on the mat, elevates his opponent with his hook and brings his other leg to the outside, using it to scissor his opponent's leg as he sweeps him.