Inside the University 413 - The Importance of Footwork to Escape

Inside the University 413 - The Importance of Footwork to Escape

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Xande breaks down how important using his feet to escape is in both placing himself in the right position to throw his opponent's weight, as well as using fast and small steps to help shimmy his way back to the guard.


Inside the University 412 - Side Control Escape to Closed Guard

Inside the University 412 - Side Control Escape to Closed Guard

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Xande's opponent has side control, so his first step is to make frames with his forearms against the neck and hips. Next he does two little hips escapes, first pushing off his inside foot and then his outside foot, creating space to bring his knee and shin inside against the hips. Now he can push off his frames to move his shoulder away, before bring his knee to the other side of his opponent's body. His final hip escape comes from pushing his inside foot off the floor and his shin off the hips to extend his body, giving him the space to bring his leg all the way through to close his guard.

Claudia do Val Series 8 - Applying the Techniques while Opponent is Resisting

Claudia do Val Series 8 - Applying the Techniques while Opponent is Resisting

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Claudia now has her partner give some resistance as she applies the techniques she has taught in this series, giving a demonstration of how they work in a practical sparring situation.

Claudia do Val Series 7 - Mounting from Side Control

Claudia do Val Series 7 - Mounting from Side Control

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Again because of her shoulder injury, Claudia is unable to cross face and put a heavy shoulder on her opponent from side control, so instead, she traps her opponent's hips between her knee and her elbow. She reaches across the neck to grab the collar with her thumb in, and when her opponent turns in to try to replace guard, Claudia jumps up to knee on belly. After establishing her position, she slides her knee all the way across to gain the mount.

Claudia do Val Series 6 - Submission Series from Half Guard

Claudia do Val Series 6 - Submission Series from Half Guard

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Claudia is on top in her opponent's half guard, and because of her shoulder injury, she could not put a heavy cross face on her opponent. Instead she switches her base so that her hips are facing her opponent, and she traps the hips with her knee and forearm. If her opponent leaves her arm over Claudia's arm, Claudia raises her elbow up to the armpit, then swims her arm through and across the neck, where she can wrap it around the head and attack the Kata Gatame. If her opponent swims her arm under Claudia's arm, Claudia traps it with her elbow and grabs the wrist. From here, she can either attack the wrist lock, or make a Kimura grip and straighten the arm to submit with an arm lock.

Claudia do Val Series 5 - Omoplata to Triangle from Closed Guard

Claudia do Val Series 5 - Omoplata to Triangle from Closed Guard

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Because of a knee injury, Claudia had to adjust her spider guard game, so she started her attacks from the closed guard instead. She controls one side with both a sleeve grip and cross collar grip, and brings her knee behind her opponent's shoulder. The common reaction by her opponent is to push down on her other knee in an attempt to pass the guard, so Claudia uses the space to bring her foot inside the arm and push it away at the shoulder. Now she can pull her grips and throw her leg over the shoulder for the omoplata. If her opponent defends the omoplata by posturing up, Claudia can easily switch to the triangle.

Claudia do Val Series 4 - Spider Guard Swinging Drill

Claudia do Val Series 4 - Spider Guard Swinging Drill

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Now Claudia shows a great drill she practices to get her body used to the motion of the sweep she taught in the previous technique. After setting up her spider guard with her foot in the biceps and her leg stretching the arm away from her, she swings her free leg to her opponent's leg. While swinging, her spider leg bends to load her opponent and then stretches again as her swinging leg hits her opponent's leg. Now she swings back to her original position and swings again, repeating the drill several times.

Claudia do Val Series 3 - Spider Guard Sweep

Claudia do Val Series 3 - Spider Guard Sweep

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Claudia sets up her spider guard, placing her foot in the biceps and stretching her leg. For whatever reason, she is unable to get the triangle or omoplata, so she opens her free leg wide and swings it low at her opponent's knee. As she swings, her spider leg bends and her hips switch to face the outside. As her swinging leg chops at the knee, Claudia stretches her spider leg again, knocking her opponent over and coming to the top to finish the sweep.

Claudia do Val Series 2 - Triangle and Omoplata from Spider Guard

Claudia do Val Series 2 - Triangle and Omoplata from Spider Guard

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Claudia sets up her spider guard, first placing her foot in the biceps and stretching her leg, and bringing her other foot to the hip. Her opponent's posture is already broken some, so she can easily raise her hips and throw her spider grip leg over the back of the neck and lock the triangle. For the omoplata, she brings her free leg thigh to the triceps, then throws the leg over the shoulder and across the face to lock the omoplata.

Claudia do Val Series 1 - Controlling and Maintaining Spider Guard

Claudia do Val Series 1 - Controlling and Maintaining Spider Guard

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Claudia do Val is one of the top female competitors today, having won the World Championship at both brown and black belt. She begins her series by explaining her approach to playing spider guard. With both sleeves controlled, Claudia chooses a side and slides her foot into the biceps, and then stretches her leg. She turns her body so her hips are facing in that direction. When her opponent reacts, Claudia can slide her other foot in the other biceps, and then stretch that leg out. She drills this movement back and forth, and in a match, she can eventually confuse her opponent and take the opportunity to set up a sweep or submission.

Inside the University 411 - Berimbolo from Three Quarter Mount

Inside the University 411 - Berimbolo from Three Quarter Mount

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Again from three quarter mount, Victor's opponent is keeping curled up to defend, so Victor slides his weight down and locks a triangle with his legs, trapping his opponent's leg. Now Victor brings his top shoulder toward his opponent's butt, and does a front roll, forcing his opponent to roll with him. After his roll, he plants his free foot on the mat to escape his hips, and creates the space to place his second hook and establish back control.

Inside the University 410 - Back Take from Three Quarter Mount

Inside the University 410 - Back Take from Three Quarter Mount

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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.