Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 28 - Pose One Explained  - Defense and Transition

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 28 - Pose One Explained - Defense and Transition

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Xande goes into detail on pose one, which is when he is on one hip with his bottom foot in front and his top foot posted in back. This is the primary pose for any defensive position. This pose can also be used from a top position, but should be more of a transitional position rather than one of control.


Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 23 - Understanding How to Apply Pressure

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 23 - Understanding How to Apply Pressure

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Xande covers some basic concepts of how to use your body to apply pressure from the top, and conversely how to react to your opponent applying pressure. He also breaks down how he uses the sidewinder movement drill to get to his knees when escaping out the backdoor.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 22 - Coming out the Backdoor from Half Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 22 - Coming out the Backdoor from Half Guard

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Now from half guard Xande gets an underhook and reaches across the back to control his opponent's belt, and his free elbow comes down to block the knee. His opponent will likely grab Xande's elbow, and now he lifts his under hook to create space to come out the backdoor and get to his knees.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 21 - Using the Shoulder Check to Replace Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 21 - Using the Shoulder Check to Replace Guard

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Now from half guard, Xande focuses on his shoulder check, which is his hand on his opponent's shoulder, or can also be his fist with a cross collar grip. His opponent brings his chest down to flatten him out, and he uses the shoulder check to push his opponent away as he bridges and escapes his hips, opening up the space to replace his guard.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 20 - Understanding the Concepts and Leverage of Frames

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 20 - Understanding the Concepts and Leverage of Frames

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Xande goes over some fundamental concepts of frames and breaks down how to find the right leverage and use them in many different scenarios.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 19 - Recovering Guard Based on Your Opponent's Actions

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 19 - Recovering Guard Based on Your Opponent's Actions

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For the next drill, Xande wants you to recover guard using the appropriate technique based on your opponent's actions. If he moves his head, insert your frame, bridge and recover guard. If he sprawls his leg to address your elbow, bridge and hip escape to place your knee shield, then insert your frame and recover guard.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 18 - Proper Body Alignment When Recovering Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 18 - Proper Body Alignment When Recovering Guard

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Xande covers some important details about body alignment and angles while recovering the guard. The person on the bottom must have the goal of aligning his spine with his opponent on top. If they are at an angle, the advantage of control goes to the top player, so the bottom player must always recognize this.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 17 - Blocking Your Opponent's Hip from Half Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 17 - Blocking Your Opponent's Hip from Half Guard

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Xande shows some different half guard scenarios, but always focuses on first getting his elbow to his ribs, then his hand to his opponent's hip. This is when he can push with his forearm and slide his shin though to begin recovering guard. In the case his opponent lets his superhold loose, Xande inserts his forearm frame across the neck and begins to create space.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 16 - Defeating the Superhold from Half Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 16 - Defeating the Superhold from Half Guard

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Xande shows what a strong superhold from half guard looks like, and how it will flatten your opponent. Now he instructs the student how to defeat the superhold by protecting his landmarks and using the hip switch movement to recover guard.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 15 - Using the Hip Switch from Half Guard to Recover Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 15 - Using the Hip Switch from Half Guard to Recover Guard

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Xande's opponent begins inside his half guard with a superhold, so Xande reaches over the arm to grab the belt. His first goal to bring his elbow to his ribs (landmark one). If his opponent stays on his knees, Xande then looks to bring his forearm to the knee (landmark three) and slide his knee inside. From here he can begin to work his hip switch to recover guard.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 10 - Hip Switch from Half Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 10 - Hip Switch from Half Guard

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Now Xande goes into some details on switching the hips and recovering guard when your opponent is on top with a lot of control and restricting your movement. In this case, he probably cannot use a lot of force for a big movement, so he focuses on just sneaking the knee in and switching his hips to recover.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 5 - Protecting the Inside to Facilitate Knee Shield Insertion

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 5 - Protecting the Inside to Facilitate Knee Shield Insertion

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Now Xande covers how to insert his knee shield and how protecting the inside helps facilitate it. From half guard he first protects the inside by bringing his elbow to his hip, inside his opponent's leg. This movement puts him on his side and gives him the leverage to push his opponent and insert his knee shield.