Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 4 - Countering the Knee Shield from Hero Pose

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 4 - Countering the Knee Shield from Hero Pose

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Having done his fade away to the hero pose, where he is looking to use the cross knee pass, Xande is now having trouble passing because Adam placed his knee shield. When Adam extends his shield to create space so he can replace his hook, Xande drops his weight to kill the legs. Now he is able to work for his pass, ideally passing straight to mount.


Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 3 - Fade Away to Cross Knee Pass

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 3 - Fade Away to Cross Knee Pass

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Coming back to his fight with Adam, Xande shows his process on how he could pass Adam's butterfly guard. When he did the fade away, Adam's hook was still strong, so Xande brought his back foot in between his legs and switched to his hero pose. From here he was no longer in the butterfly guard and could use the cross knee pass.

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 2 - Fade Away Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent Has Overhook

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 2 - Fade Away Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent Has Overhook

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Now Xande takes us back to 2004 in a fight against Jefferson Moura who played his butterfly guard with an overhook arm wrap. In this case when Xande sits back on his heels, he brings his arm down to hold the leg and drops pressure with his shoulder. He gets his head below the chin and now he can use his fade away pass.

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 1 - Fade Away Butterfly Guard Pass

Xande VS Adam Wardzinski Fight Analysis 1 - Fade Away Butterfly Guard Pass

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Xande breaks down his Abu Dhabi Grand Slam fight against Adam Wardzinski, who has a very strong butterfly guard. Xande begins by explaining how he keeps his posture so he doesn't get swept right away. Next he covers his fade away pass, where he sits back on his heels and fades back into an S position, giving him the separation he needs to pass his opponent's hooks.

Inside the University 914 - Blocking with Your Head to Wheel Pass

Inside the University 914 - Blocking with Your Head to Wheel Pass

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Going over some finer points of the wheel pass, Gustavo shows how important it is for him to get his head below his opponent's head and into the chest when turning him for the wheel pass.

Inside the University 913 - Wheel Passing the Sit Up Guard

Inside the University 913 - Wheel Passing the Sit Up Guard

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Now when Gustavo's opponent has his leg and is in the sit up guard, Gustavo looks to use the wheel pass, but first he must pull his leg out from between his opponent's legs. Now that he is in a kind of butterfly guard, he can reach over the back and grab the pants to turn his opponent and back step for the wheel pass.

Inside the University 908 - Single Leg X-Guard Pass to S-Mount

Inside the University 908 - Single Leg X-Guard Pass to S-Mount

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Now showing another way to pass the single leg x-guard, Victor has the same side sleeve grip and peels the foot off his hip. Next he switches the sleeve grip to his other hand shoves his opponent's knee back as he drops his hips to the mat, landing in an s-mount position. From here he has many attacking options he can go to.

Inside the University 907 - Dealing with a Pants Grip in Single Leg X-Guard

Inside the University 907 - Dealing with a Pants Grip in Single Leg X-Guard

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Now Victor shows how to deal with your opponent who is gripping your pants from the single leg x-guard. He first grips his opponent's pants at the foot on his hip, then reaches down to grab the sleeve that is grabbing his pants. He yanks up to break the grip and free the hook off his hip. Now he can go to his back step pass.

Inside the University 906 - Single Leg X-Guard Back Step Pass

Inside the University 906 - Single Leg X-Guard Back Step Pass

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In this lesson Victor Hugo covers some ways to pass the single leg X-guard. First he shows how to maintain your balance and keep a strong base while your opponent is working the position. Next he peels the foot off his hip and turns his knee in to put pressure on the ribs. Now he back steps out of the guard and looks to establish side control.

Inside the University 902 - Using Heavy Pressure to Stack Your Opponent

Inside the University 902 - Using Heavy Pressure to Stack Your Opponent

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Continuing on the double under pass, Xande really emphasizes the importance of driving forward into your opponent to apply a lot of pressure and make him very uncomfortable while passing. Because of the pressure, your opponent should eventually move his legs out of discomfort rather than making you throw them to the side to pass.

Inside the University 901 - Double Under Pass

Inside the University 901 - Double Under Pass

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In this lesson, Xande teaches his favorite guard passing series, beginning with the double under pass. With his opponent's guard open, Xande swims both arms under the legs, ultimately looking to make a cross collar grip. Typically what will happen is he'll go for one side, his opponent will defend and then he can get it on the other side, where he can work to finish his pass.

Inside the University 888 - Collar Guard High Knee Cut Pass

Inside the University 888 - Collar Guard High Knee Cut Pass

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Next is a pass that Xande used after surgery when he could only use one arm. From a headquarters position, he matches the collar grip of his opponent and slides his knee up to touch his forearm. From here his opponent cannot place his shield, so when he tries to bump, Xande cuts the knee through to pass the guard.