Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 8 - Passing to Mount with Cross Collar Grip

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 8 - Passing to Mount with Cross Collar Grip

Add to Favorites Remove From Favorites 534 8 days ago

Rafael works for the same pass shown in the previous technique, but this time his opponent brings his inverted De La Riva hook to the the other side. Now when Rafael frees his trapped leg, he puts his knee forward to pin his opponent's thigh, most likely ending up in 3/4 mount position. Since he already has his cross collar grip, he can attack the neck and most likely his opponent will try to bridge to escape. This allows Rafael to settle in to full mount and work to submit.


Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 7 - Passing with the Thumb In Cross Collar Grip

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 7 - Passing with the Thumb In Cross Collar Grip

Add to Favorites 603 Remove From Favorites 9 days ago

While working from his headquarters position, Rafael's opponent turns and switches to an inverted De La Riva guard. With one hand already gripping the pants, Rafael turns his shoulder and toes to the knee and reaches across with his other hand to make the thumb in cross collar grip. He drops his outside knee to the mat for a solid base and pins the head using his forearm. Now he just stretches his leg until he breaks his opponent's grip and can pass to the side.

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 6 - Transitioning Between Knee Cut and Side Smash

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 6 - Transitioning Between Knee Cut and Side Smash

Add to Favorites 550 Remove From Favorites 10 days ago

Rafael touches on a few points of his passing game, including how he can transition between the knee cut and side smash passes. While working the knee cut, if his opponent tries to turn into the knee the opposite direction Rafael is facing, this is the time to go with his momentum and settle in on the side smash. From here he can go back the knee cut if necessary, and keep going back and forth until something opens up for him.

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 4 - When to Use the Thumb In Collar Grip

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 4 - When to Use the Thumb In Collar Grip

Add to Favorites 606 Remove From Favorites 12 days ago

When using the cross knee or knee cut pass, the most important thing for Rafael is that he can use his elbow to put pressure on his opponent’s neck and face. With the thumb in collar grip, he has a hard time utilizing his elbow pressure, so he prefers to go four fingers in. However, in almost every other situation, Rafael will use the thumb in grip. This does not necessarily mean either is right or wrong, but this is what works for him.

Inside the University 410 - Back Take from Three Quarter Mount

Inside the University 410 - Back Take from Three Quarter Mount

Add to Favorites 485 Remove From Favorites 194 days ago

Again from three quarter mount, Victor slides his body down and keeps his weight on his opponent's leg and looks to get the cross face. But this time his opponent is defending by staying on his side and blocking Victor's arm. Now Victor uses his stomach to trap the arm, and reaches around behind the head and grabs the wrist. Next he brings his free leg up so his knee is behind the shoulders, and he feeds his other hand through, connecting his Kimura grip. From here he just opens his knee and sits back, pulling his opponent on top of him before rolling to the other side, where he can throw on his second hook and establish back control.

Inside the University 409 - Passing the Three Quarter Mount to Mount

Inside the University 409 - Passing the Three Quarter Mount to Mount

Add to Favorites 521 Remove From Favorites 195 days ago

Victor is on top of his opponent, almost in the mount position, except his foot is trapped, leaving him in three quarter mount. First he slides his free leg down, and sits his weight on his opponent's thighs. Now he puts his arm behind the head, grabbing the back of the gi, and connects his shoulder to the chest. Using his foot to push off the mat, Victor drives his weight toward the side of his free leg, and puts heavy pressure on his opponent and drives forward until he can free his foot and establish the mount.

Inside the University 399 - Maintaining Pressure While Passing

Inside the University 399 - Maintaining Pressure While Passing

Add to Favorites 285 Remove From Favorites 218 days ago

Gustavo covers some important details for his guard pass. Here he emphasizes putting pressure on his opponent during the smash, with his shoulder on the hips and his head on the chest. Also, he stays on his toes rather than dropping to his knees. This way he can drive his weight forward.

Inside the University 398 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Inside the University 398 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Add to Favorites 759 Remove From Favorites 219 days ago

Professor Gustavo is in his opponent's knee shield half guard, so his first step is to make grips on the collar and hip, trapping the knee shield leg with his arm. He controls the position here, and when he's ready, he switches his grip from the collar to the bottom knee, and steps his inside leg up. Next he comes up on both feet, keeping his base low, and runs to the other side, smashing the legs. Keeping his grip on the knee, Gustavo drops his shoulder on the hip, makes a collar grip with his other hand, and cuts his knee across the legs to pass the guard.

Josh Hinger Series 6 - Half Guard Pressure Pass

Josh Hinger Series 6 - Half Guard Pressure Pass

Add to Favorites 768 Remove From Favorites 246 days ago

Josh's opponent has set up a knee shield half guard, so Josh first pins the bottom leg to the mat and then aggressively grabs the top leg and forces it down with his chest. With his back hand, he picks up the hip and threads his other arm underneath the body, clasping his hands together at the back. From here, he puts his head on the outside, his shoulder in the belly and gets on his toes to walk toward the legs before stepping back to free himself from his opponent's hook. Now he steps his way to the side and establishes side control.

Inside the University 383 - Freeing Your Foot to Pass the Half Guard

Inside the University 383 - Freeing Your Foot to Pass the Half Guard

Add to Favorites 639 Remove From Favorites 280 days ago

Xande goes over what he calls the champagne pop. This is when he has the underhook and his knee cut, and is almost past the guard, but his opponent is still trapping his foot in the half guard. He is unable to release it by driving forward or kicking his opponent's legs. From here, he sits on his opponent's legs, pushing back heavy with his hips, and at the same time he pulls his foot to pop it out.

Inside the University 381 - Applying Constant Pressure while Passing

Inside the University 381 - Applying Constant Pressure while Passing

Add to Favorites 649 Remove From Favorites 283 days ago

Focusing on an important detail, Xande shows how to maintain constant pressure while passing with the escrima. Before moving to the side, he brings his knees close and pushes himself forward using his toes. As he passes to the side, he continues to push forward with his toes, never giving his opponent space.

Inside the University 379 - Half Guard Escrima Pass Concepts

Inside the University 379 - Half Guard Escrima Pass Concepts

Add to Favorites 655 Remove From Favorites 285 days ago

Xande begins in his opponent's half guard, and his first idea is to get the underhook high in the armpit on the opposite side he is passing to, and to place his head next to his opponent's head on the same side he is passing to. His inside hip stays connected and putting pressure on the thigh, and his outside leg posts far out, staying open and distributing his weight. With his free hand, he reaches down and grabs the pants to control the leg. From here, he has the leverage to maintain his base and defend any sweep attempts. When he has the space and opportunity, Xande can begin to pass by bringing his knee up and cutting it to the outside, working for the knee cut pass.