JJU 17-13 Late Torreada Block

JJU 17-13 Late Torreada Block

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Xande explains how to stiff arm your opponent's shoulder to block their torreada pass attempt and recover your guard.


Inside the University 6.1 - Black Belt Session Butterfly and Open Guard Concepts and Control Part 1/2

Inside the University 6.1 - Black Belt Session Butterfly and Open Guard Concepts and Control Part 1/2

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Xande explains his competition mindset and talks at length about how it's important to be able to threaten your opponent at all times with both submissions and sweeps. He talks about how positioning yourself safely and taking your opponent's balance is the jab that will open up opportunities for successful sweeps and submissions. Xande also demonstrates some butterfly and open guard concepts such as how to engage your opponent in the butterfly when your opponent is trying to stay distant as well as how to maintain your butterfly guard when your opponent attempts the knee cross pass and the side smash pass.

Inside the University 6.2 - Black Belt Session Open Guard Concepts and Control Part 2/2

Inside the University 6.2 - Black Belt Session Open Guard Concepts and Control Part 2/2

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Xande demonstrates his open guard retention and control as well as how he mixes up his sweeps and submission attempts to flow together from one to the next.

JJU 17-14 Two Handed Torreada Pass Defense

JJU 17-14 Two Handed Torreada Pass Defense

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Sometimes your opponent will initiate the torreada pass looking to get around your legs just enough to drop his hips onto your body to immobilize you to finish the pass. In this case, your hands must frame against your opponent's body before their hips are able to apply pressure. Using your frame, immediately shrimp away from your opponent to clear enough room to get your legs between you and your opponent to recover the guard. The pass defense must be built into reflex to achieve an instant response to stop your opponent's pass attempt as every second that you give to them increases their opportunity to pass.

Inside the University 4 - Framing Concepts in Action to Create Space and Mobility

Inside the University 4 - Framing Concepts in Action to Create Space and Mobility

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Xande talks about how his guard has only been passed by two people in two decades of jiu jitsu competition and how being able to frame and always stay safe will allow you to build up to an impassable guard. In this lesson we learn how to set the frame and use it to create the space and mobility needed to recover your guard. We learn that after setting the frame and/or shield on our opponent, we can greatly increase our mobility by using our other arm to frame against the ground with our elbow or hand for maximum mobility.

Inside the University 4.1 - Managing Safe Distance and Difference Between Sport and Self Defense BJJ

Inside the University 4.1 - Managing Safe Distance and Difference Between Sport and Self Defense BJJ

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Xande talks about his competition mindset and how his fighting strategy is the same regardless of whether the fight is scored with points or with submission only. Being able to sprinkle in submission attempts with your sweep attempts and always threatening with attacks will make for a more dangerous guard because it will be easier to keep your opponent guessing. He also talks about how managing a "safe distance" can be mean different things depending on whether we're fighting a sport bjj match or a MMA fight with punches.

JJU 17-09 Knee Slide Pass Block Defense

JJU 17-09 Knee Slide Pass Block Defense

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Xande explains how to defend against the knee slide pass by using your knee shield as a block to recover your guard. The knee slide pass is a very common pass and it's important to understand the core mechanics of the knee shield as it can be applied throughout your jiu jitsu elsewhere. In a sense we can look at our defensive shields in layers. First your opponent must pass your hands and feet, your first layer of defense. Then comes your knees and knee shield. After your knees are defeated, you can use your elbows to frame against your opponent. As a last resort we have our bridging movements (upa or shrimping). Using your knee as a defensive frame is a technique that will be utilized from white to black belt.

JJU 20-0 to 20-2 Cross Grip Guard Posture and Control

JJU 20-0 to 20-2 Cross Grip Guard Posture and Control

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Xande explains the basic mechanics of how to set up and maintain control in the cross grip guard. It is important to maintain constant tension on your opponent's hip to break their posture and prevent them from passing your guard in this position.

JJU 17-01 Single Underleg Pass Defense

JJU 17-01 Single Underleg Pass Defense

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Xande explains how to defend with the classic single under leg pass defense by using your arms and leg to create base against your opponent and shrimp away to create enough space to recover your guard.

JJU 17-10 Early Torreada Pass Defense

JJU 17-10 Early Torreada Pass Defense

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Xande explains how to prevent your opponent from passing your guard with the Torreada pass by making good use of distance and grips to control their options. This lesson can be found on page 137 of the JJU book.

JJU 17-07, 17-08 Same Side Knee Block Defense

JJU 17-07, 17-08 Same Side Knee Block Defense

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Xande teaches how to defend when your opponent attempts to pass your guard with the same side knee pass. This lesson can be found on page 133 of the JJU book.

JJU 17-05B Over Under Pass Defense Variation

JJU 17-05B Over Under Pass Defense Variation

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Xande explains a variation on how to defend and stop your opponent's attempts to pass your guard with the over under pass when your opponent is leaving some space between his head and your body.