Inside the University 418 - Rolling Arm Lock

Inside the University 418 - Rolling Arm Lock

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Showing his arm lock against Rustam at ADCC, after some different attempts at breaking his posture and attacking his arm, Xande was able to knock both Rustam's arms across his chest and pull down his head, as he angled himself to the side. Xande climbs his way to the back and throws his arm over to trap Rustam's arm to his chest, while posting his bottom knee on the floor. Now he throws his top leg over the head and across the face, and rolls on his side, forcing his opponent to roll as well. As his opponent lands on his back, Xande is able to lay back to finish the arm lock.


Inside the University 417 - Armbar from Closed Guard when Opponent Stands Up

Inside the University 417 - Armbar from Closed Guard when Opponent Stands Up

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Xande is playing the closed guard and before he attacks any sweeps or submissions, he is constantly looking to move his opponent's arms so he can break his posture. He either swims both arms inside to knock the arms outside, or he pushes them across his body, and then locks behind the head to control his posture. After his opponent is frustrated and pushes off Xande's armpits to stand up, Xande underhooks the leg with his arm, and opens his legs to swing them placing one in the armpit and the other over the head. He can finish the armbar here or he can knock his opponent to the ground to finish.

Inside the University 416 - Takedown from Behind Your Opponent

Inside the University 416 - Takedown from Behind Your Opponent

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Covering the takedown he was able to hit on Buchecha at ADCC, Xande begins behind his opponent from standing position with his arms wrapped around the waist, and his opponent bracing himself with his hands on the floor. With his head on one side of his opponent, Xande brings his far leg across and hooks his foot on the outside of the ankle. Next he simply falls back and rolls to the side, using his hook the same as he would for a classic hook sweep. Now he can leave his hook where it is, come up on his knee and finish in a leg drag position.

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 6 - Birth of the Knee Shield

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 6 - Birth of the Knee Shield

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Xande is successful using his arm to block the crossface, but now when Saulo brings his arm over Xande's head, he also switches his base to smash with his hips. This is when Xande can punch his knee in between them and start shielding. Here he can start to extend his body away and push off Saulo's hips to create the space he needs to bring his leg all the way through and replace the guard.

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 5 - Passing the Open Guard

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 5 - Passing the Open Guard

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Now Saulo is looking to pass Xande's open guard, and there three key points he focuses on. First, he makes sure not to stay right in the center of Xande's legs. Second, he looks to make Xande turn to one side or the other. Third, he doesn't let Xande place his feet on his hips. Once he is ready to make his move, Saulo steps to the side and pushes Xande's foot down, stuffing it between his legs. Here is where he can establish a solid base and has several passing options depending on Xande's reaction.

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 4 - Blocking the Armpit to Replace Guard

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 4 - Blocking the Armpit to Replace Guard

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Xande is in his guard and protecting his head against the cross face as before, so now Saulo brings his arm over Xande's head, looking to settle in a strong position. Immediately Xande uses his other arm as a shield in Saulo's armpit to block him. Now with his hand that was protecting his face, Xande pushes away at Saulo's hip or knee to keep the space open where he can slide his knee back through and replace his closed guard.

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Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 3 - Escaping the Triangle

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 3 - Escaping the Triangle

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Saulo is caught in Xande's triangle, so his first thing is to not panic and to not let his head move forward, toward Xande's body. Next he throws his inside arm across Xande's body, framing with his elbow, and steps his leg up to place his knee on Xande's body. Now he has angled himself in a way it is hard for Xande to attack. From here, he can take his time and inch his way back until the legs are forced open and he can escape, immediately looking to pass the guard.

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 2 - Blocking Saulo's Cross Face

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 2 - Blocking Saulo's Cross Face

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After continually getting cross faced and dealing with heavy shoulder pressure, Xande began to train with his hand on his head and his forearm protecting his face. Now when Saulo goes to cross face, Xande is able to block it and focus on replacing his guard. This is a great drill to practice or use in live training.

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brothers Game 1 - Opening Xande's Closed Guard

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brothers Game 1 - Opening Xande's Closed Guard

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In this seminar, Saulo and Xande take turns teaching how to stop each other's game. First up is Saulo with his method of dealing with Xande's dangerous closed guard. He begins by grabbing both lapels and pulling Xande to him a little, just before he jumps to his feet and establishes a strong base, trapping Xande's legs with his elbows and thighs. When Xande goes to adjust his position, Saulo pushes down and steps back a little and to the side as much as he can, forcing the legs open. Now he pushes down on the legs and begins his passing.

Inside the University 415 - Escaping Side Control when Opponent Switches His Base

Inside the University 415 - Escaping Side Control when Opponent Switches His Base

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Again from side control, this time Xande's opponent switches his base right away, turning his hips toward Xande's head. Xande keeps with the idea of using his forearm to create a belt on his opponent's waist, with his hand on the hip and elbow on the mat. While pushing off with his frames, Xande can scoot his feet away to create the space he needs to turn to his hip and sneak his knee in under his opponent's hips. Now he can work to shimmy leg through to replace the guard.

Inside the University 414 - Controlling Your Opponent's Hips While In Side Control

Inside the University 414 - Controlling Your Opponent's Hips While In Side Control

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Xande's opponent has side control, so again Xande is making his frames with his forearms, and his bottom arm is staying across the waist like a belt. As Xande escapes his hips to try to replace guard, his opponent reacts by turning his hips toward Xande and trying to stay in a side control position. This gives Xande just enough time and space to slide his knee in and connect it to his elbow. Now both his forearm and knee are working together to block his opponent from reestablishing a strong side control, and eventually Xande can create the space to bring his leg all the way through and replace his guard.