Inside the University 742 - Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 742 - Opening the Closed Guard

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From inside his opponent's closed guard, Xande makes a grip on the collar and sleeve, puts his weight on his opponent's chest and stands both his legs up. He pinches his knees to keep contact with the legs. He stands straight up, keeping the sleeve grip and placing his elbow inside his thigh. His hand on the collar moves to the inside of the knee, and he pushes it down as he leans his body away from it. As he feels the guard open, he steps his way back and controls both pant legs, ready to pass the guard.


Inside the University 688 - Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 688 - Opening the Closed Guard

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Starting in his opponent's closed guard, Xande first makes his grip either on the lapel, belt or pants, and stands up with his knees pointing in to help keep his base. He makes a point of putting a lot of pressure in his opponent's stomach, and his other hand reaches back to open the legs. As soon as the legs open, he shifts his weight back and is ready to pass.

Inside the University 636 - Side Stepping

Inside the University 636 - Side Stepping

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Saulo shows the importance of stepping your leg up to the side as oppose to turning your body to face the side. When he steps to the side, it's almost as if he's circling his opponent from inside the guard.

Inside the University 635 - Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 635 - Opening the Closed Guard

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From inside his opponent's guard, Saulo places both hands under the rib cage, shimmies his way back on his knees and steps his leg up to the side. His same side arm stays attached to his body while his other hand pushes at the belt. He moves himself forward diagonally and stands up his other leg, keeping a solid base. Now his hand on the belt moves across to grab the pants at the hip, and he pushes himself back to open the guard and begin his pass.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 2 - Over-Under Pass from Closed Guard

Eduardo Inojosa Series 2 - Over-Under Pass from Closed Guard

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From inside the closed guard, Eduardo again uses the double lapel and sleeve grips to stand up and pushes the knee to open the guard. Before his opponent's hips lands on the ground, he swims his arm underneath the leg and makes a lapel grip, and then he stuffs the other leg between his own. Here he pinches the leg tight with his own legs and keeps a heavy shoulder pressure on his opponent. Now he walks toward the under side and steps over the leg to pass the guard and work to establish side control.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 1 - Closed Guard Pass Jumping Over the Leg

Eduardo Inojosa Series 1 - Closed Guard Pass Jumping Over the Leg

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Eduardo Inojosa is an active BJJ competitor and friends of the Ribeiro Brothers, as he comes from the same town in Manaus as they do. Here he shows one of his favorite passes from the closed guard. First he makes a double lapel grip with his elbow pressuring the hip, and his other hand makes a sleeve grip and pressures the arm into the stomach. He stands up and switches the sleeve grip to his other hand, and uses his free hand to press and open the knee. When the legs open, Eduardo switches his sleeve grip back to the same side lapel and uses his elbow to put pressure on the stomach, while his hand on the knee now makes a pants grip at the bottom of the leg and pushes it down. Now he jumps over the leg, and lands on the side with his shoulder pressuring the stomach. From here switches to the cross face and hugs the legs to establish his side control position.

Inside the University 460 - Three Guard Passing Options

Inside the University 460 - Three Guard Passing Options

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Having just opened the guard, and still gripping the belt and the knee, Xande now covers three options to pass right away. First, he can simply stuff the leg between his legs as he steps over it, and then step over with his other leg to get to the side. The next is basically the same pass, except he jumps both his legs over rather than stepping one at a time. Finally, he bends over and stretches his legs away, clearing space for him to step around his opponent's legs to pass.

Inside the University 459 - Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 459 - Opening the Closed Guard

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From inside his opponent's closed guard, Xande first likes to grab the belt and keep his palm pressing on the belly, with his elbows turned inside. Next he moves back just a little to feel his opponent's reaction. Now with one hand on the belly and one on the hip, he stands up and keeps his knees pointed inside. From here he moves his hand from the hip to the knee, and pushes it down to open the guard. Now he has many options to begin passing.

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brothers Game 1 - Opening Xande's Closed Guard

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brothers Game 1 - Opening Xande's Closed Guard

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In this seminar, Saulo and Xande take turns teaching how to stop each other's game. First up is Saulo with his method of dealing with Xande's dangerous closed guard. He begins by grabbing both lapels and pulling Xande to him a little, just before he jumps to his feet and establishes a strong base, trapping Xande's legs with his elbows and thighs. When Xande goes to adjust his position, Saulo pushes down and steps back a little and to the side as much as he can, forcing the legs open. Now he pushes down on the legs and begins his passing.

Inside the University 345 - Passing when Opponent Jumps Full Guard

Inside the University 345 - Passing when Opponent Jumps Full Guard

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Xande's opponent jumps full guard, so first he grips the lapel and begins pushing the other side knee down as he lowers his base. When his opponent's guard opens, he will most likely choose an ankle to grab and look to make a De La Riva hook or play another open guard. Xande immediately drives his knee to the ground, going shin across shin, makes the cross face grip and back steps out of the guard to establish side control.

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 4 - Back Take and Choke to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 4 - Back Take and Choke to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

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Again, Rafael's opponent goes for the sit up sweep, but this time Rafael pushes the knee with his free hand, and steps over his opponent's leg. He drops his knee down behind the back, as his other knee comes up, making his first hook. Immediately, Rafael looks to control the lapel, and folds it to get a better grip for the choke. Now he can finish with one of a few choking variations he shows.

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 3 - Knee Cut Pass to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 3 - Knee Cut Pass to Counter the Sit Up Sweep

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Rafael’s opponent attempts the sit up sweep he showed in the previous technique, so Rafael’s first reaction is to stop him from sitting up by stiff arming his body. Next, he brings his knee up on the side his opponent is trying to sweep him to, and slides his shin over the thigh. He reaches in to cross face, and his other arm hugs tight against the back. From here, Rafael chooses to lift his hips so he can use his inside leg to knee cut pass to side control.