Inside the University 1029 - Setting Up Your Angle to Pass the Guard

Inside the University 1029 - Setting Up Your Angle to Pass the Guard

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Gustavo goes over some details of setting up your angle and positioning yourself as you stand up in the guard, so you are ready to pass as soon as you open your opponent's legs.


Inside the University 1028 - Two Passes from Closed Guard

Inside the University 1028 - Two Passes from Closed Guard

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Now that Gustavo has opened the guard, he is ready to pass. The first pass he shows is a basic knee cut, where he pushes the leg to the mat and slides his knee across. In the second pass, his opponent tries to throw his leg over Gustavo's head, so Gustavo underhooks the leg and passes to the outside.

Inside the University 1027 - Turning Your Body to Open the Guard

Inside the University 1027 - Turning Your Body to Open the Guard

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Gustavo shows how can open his opponent's guard by positioning his body and turning at angle, without using his hands to push the knee. Once the legs are open, he controls the bottom leg and is ready to set up his guard passes.

Inside the University 1026 - Keeping Posture and Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 1026 - Keeping Posture and Opening the Closed Guard

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Gustavo covers some key points in maintaining a strong posture when your opponent is trying to pull you down. He creates space between his knees and his opponent's hip, and his first step he places his foot by the hip and his knee pinches staying connected to the leg. His other leg steps to the side and he angles his body when pushing the knee to open the guard.

Inside the University 1025 - Standing Up Inside the Closed Guard

Inside the University 1025 - Standing Up Inside the Closed Guard

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Before getting into the lesson of passing the closed guard, Gustavo goes over simply standing up first. With his hands pressing down on his opponent's chest, he steps one foot up, then the other, and stands up with a strong base and posture.

Inside the University 850 - Standing Up in the Closed Guard

Inside the University 850 - Standing Up in the Closed Guard

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Before moving on to the next technique, Professor Rene goes over how to stand up in your opponent's closed guard. He makes a sleeve and collar grip, and presses both grips down on his opponent's torso. He steps his foot on the same side of the sleeve grip first, and the other foot second. As he stands, he makes sure he has good tall posture, and establishes a strong base before pushing the knee to open the guard.

Inside the University 799 - Creating the Angle to Open the Closed Guard

Inside the University 799 - Creating the Angle to Open the Closed Guard

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Here Saulo stresses the importance of walking to the side after establishing your base, in order to create the angle you need to force your opponent to open his guard. Once he has his angle, he pushes his hips back to force the feet to uncross, so he can begin to pass.

Inside the University 798 - Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 798 - Opening the Closed Guard

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To begin the lesson, Saulo first goes over opening the closed guard. Keeping his base low, he shifts over to one side and then stands, but still keeping a low base. He pushes the knee to open the guard and then immediately passes to that side.

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.