Inside the University 1002 - Knee Cut Pass

Inside the University 1002 - Knee Cut Pass

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Answering a student's question on how to knee cut pass, Nick shows his preferred method. Starting from a headquarters position, he controls the outside lapel and inside knee, and cracks the whip to force his opponent on his side. This is when he cuts his knee across and begins his pressure passing. He also discusses how each person will adapt different ways to perform the same technique based on their body and abilities.


Inside the University 1001 - Avoiding the Knee Shield

Inside the University 1001 - Avoiding the Knee Shield

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Summing up the lesson, Nick talks about a doing proper knee cut pass which would be avoiding the knee shield all together. That should be the ultimate goal, but obviously won't always happen, which is when sprawling on the knee to pass comes into play.

Inside the University 1000 - Knowing When to Sprawl

Inside the University 1000 - Knowing When to Sprawl

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Nick watches students work the pass and corrects key details to the sprawl. The big point is to anticipate when your opponent will be trying to replace the half guard and sprawling on his leg to smash him.

Inside the University 999 - Smashing the Knee Shield

Inside the University 999 - Smashing the Knee Shield

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In this scenario, Nick is working his knee cut pass but his opponent has a good knee shield in blocking him from passing. Rather than trying to fight through it, Nick sprawls and drops his weight to smash the knee. His opponent reacts by straightening his leg in effort to replace half guard, so Nick times it and sprawls again to get away from the leg. Now he can work his way to the side and pass.

Inside the University 979 - Passing a High Knee Shield

Inside the University 979 - Passing a High Knee Shield

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This time Gustavo's opponent is playing a high knee shield guard with his knee up at Gustavo's chest, making it difficult to smash as he did before. In this case he puts his knee through the legs, controls the belt and brings his hips up high so can bend down and get his torso over the knee. Now he looks to smash and finish his pass by bringing his knee through.

Inside the University 978 - Controlling the Upper Body While Passing

Inside the University 978 - Controlling the Upper Body While Passing

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Now Professor Gustavo shows a couple ways how he can use his free hand to control the upper body while he is passing the knee shield. One way is to make a collar grip and pull his opponent in so his torso is curled and he can't stretch himself away from you. Another way is to grab his opponent's wrist and pin it to the mat.

Inside the University 977 - Knee Cutting Through the Knee Shield

Inside the University 977 - Knee Cutting Through the Knee Shield

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In this lesson Professor Gustavo goes over some half guard passing, beginning with his opponent playing the knee shield. His first objective is to put pressure on his opponent and smash his legs together. He controls the belt with a tight elbow to the body and drives his head underneath the chine. With his weight on his toes, he looks to drive his knee through and work his knee cut pass.

Inside the University 976 - Half Guard Q&A

Inside the University 976 - Half Guard Q&A

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Nick wraps up class with a Q&A session where he answers any questions his students have about all the techniques taught during this lesson.

Inside the University 975 - Passing the Knee Shield Guard

Inside the University 975 - Passing the Knee Shield Guard

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Now Professor Nick goes over his knee shield guard pass. His first step is to smash his opponent's knees together by dropping the weight of his chest on them. Now he hooks the top foot with his arm and pins it against against the butt by grabbing the belt. From here Nick gets on his toes and works his way over to side control, always keeping his weight heavy.

Inside the University 973 - Half Guard Pass when Your Opponent Has the Underhook

Inside the University 973 - Half Guard Pass when Your Opponent Has the Underhook

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In this scenario, Nick's opponent is in half guard and is on his side with a good underhook. Instead of trying to battle for the pummel, Nick slides his outside arm between his opponent's arm and body, and switches his hips to flatten him with his side. Now he grabs his opponent's pants at the knee and can start working to free his leg and pass.

Inside the University 972 - Knee Cut Pass from Half Guard

Inside the University 972 - Knee Cut Pass from Half Guard

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Professor Nick Schrock begins this half guard lesson with a basic knee cut pass. His first objective is to flatten his opponent, establish head and underhook control with a Gable grip and apply heavy pressure with his shoulder. He uses his free leg to hook his opponent's leg and help free his knee from the half guard, until he is able to cut it to the outside and work his guard pass.

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 4 - Half Guard Strategy on Top

Xande VS Roger Gracie Fight Analysis 4 - Half Guard Strategy on Top

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In the fight with Roger, Xande got swept from the half guard, but now he goes over some different strategies he could have used to maintain his position on top and pass the guard.