Inside the University 744 - Guard Passing Drills

Inside the University 744 - Guard Passing Drills

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Now Xande shows a bullfighter speed passing drill, using the same technique of passing, but going side to side at a faster pace. Also, he explains partial training to his students, in which one person starts inside the closed guard and his objective is to open the guard, while his opponent looks to sweep or submit.


Inside the University 743 - Bullfighter Pass

Inside the University 743 - Bullfighter Pass

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After opening his opponent's guard, Xande grabs both pant legs and pushes the legs in. When he feels his opponent react by pushing back, Xande steps to the side and goes around the legs to establish his knee on belly position. Once he has his knee in place, he lets go of the near pant leg to make a grip on the collar, giving him better control of his opponent.

Inside the University 735 - Knee Cut Pass from Headquarters

Inside the University 735 - Knee Cut Pass from Headquarters

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Now while in headquarters, Nick's opponent has a grip on his pants or ankle, keeping him from kicking his leg back for the X-pass. Instead, he whips his body along with his grips to the side, setting himself up in a knee cut position. His opponent will turn into him, and Nick finds the space with his elbow to control the body as he cuts his knee through to pass the guard.

Inside the University 734 - X-Pass from Headquarters

Inside the University 734 - X-Pass from Headquarters

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Nick is in his headquarters position, keeping his base low while holding a collar and pants grip. In this scenario, his opponent is gripping either his collar or sleeve, and not addressing Nick's leg. Nick shifts his weight toward the side of the trapped leg, leans forward into his collar grip and kicks his leg back in the air to clear his opponent's legs. He punches his pant grip away as he brings his leg back down, establishing knee on belly. He still has control of both grips and his arms now form an X.

Inside the University 733 - Getting to Headquarters

Inside the University 733 - Getting to Headquarters

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There are many ways to get to headquarters, but in this case Nick is starting in his opponent's De La Riva guard. He first makes a collar grip and grabs the pants on the leg that is in his hip. Now he straightens his legs to pop the De La Riva hook off his leg, and at the same time kicks his other leg back to step over his opponent's leg, settling in a strong headquarters position.

Inside the University 701 - Cross Collar Choke Setup from Headquarters

Inside the University 701 - Cross Collar Choke Setup from Headquarters

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Now Victor Hugo is on top, in his opponent's open guard. He steps over the leg to headquarters position and inserts his knee to the hip, while controlling the cross collar grip. He finds a stable base here and his opponent will turn in to him, trying to stop him from passing. Victor uses his elbow to control the turn, and can pull him on his side more, sinking his cross grip in deep. Now he can grab the gi on the other side of the neck and finish a choke.

Inside the University 689 - Keeping a Strong Base

Inside the University 689 - Keeping a Strong Base

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Xande discusses some details about keeping a strong base while standing up to pass the guard. When he gets into his combat stance, his knees are bent, his back is straight and his forearm is rested on his thigh. This gives him a strong base to work his passes and defend attacks.

Victor Hugo Series 3 - Single X-Guard Pass to Mount

Victor Hugo Series 3 - Single X-Guard Pass to Mount

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Once again from his opponent's single leg X-guard, Victor controls both legs, pulling the one on his hip and pushing the one hooking his thigh. When the hook is behind his knee, he turns his own knee in and windshield wipers his leg over the hook. Now he stretches the leg back away from him and drops his outside knee to the mat, placing himself in the three quarter mount. From here he can get his underhooks up high and free his leg to take the mount.

Victor Hugo Series 1 - Single Leg X-Guard Pass

Victor Hugo Series 1 - Single Leg X-Guard Pass

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In this series, 7X World Champion and one of the top current Brown Belt Competitors, Victor Hugo shows some of his favorite techniques. First, from his opponent's single leg X-guard, Victor keeps a low base with his knee turned to the inside. He breaks his opponent's grip on his sleeve and then peels the foot off his hip. Now he plants his hand on the mat, long steps his leg back and establishes side control.

Inside the University 666 - Leg Weave Pass

Inside the University 666 - Leg Weave Pass

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To set up the leg weave pass, Xande weaves his arm under the knee shield and cups the thigh of the bottom leg. He drops his weight so he that the side of his head puts pressure down on the chest, and then gets up on his toes to drive in with more pressure. He grabs his opponent's arm at the sleeve and pulls it tight to his body. Now to pass his leg, he can either windshield wiper or knee cut.

Inside the University 665 - Keeping Your Hips Flat

Inside the University 665 - Keeping Your Hips Flat

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Xande points out a key detail of not angling your hip too much when in the over-under. While staying on his toes and keeping pressure with his shoulder, he turns his hips just enough so his thigh can block his opponent's leg. He does not want to turn so much that he eases his pressure or gets himself off balance.

Inside the University 664 - Over-Under Pass from Combat Base

Inside the University 664 - Over-Under Pass from Combat Base

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Now starting on his feet from the combat base, Xande holds one knee and grabs the pants at the inside of the other knee before stepping to that side. As his opponent turns and looks to block Xande, he lowers his level, brings his elbow inside, shrugs his shoulder to his head and dives in with his head hitting the thigh. He reaches under to grab the belt and drops his shoulder and head into position. After establishing his over-under position, he can pass either way that he's shown.