Takamasa Watanabe Series 7 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Takamasa Watanabe Series 7 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

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With his opponent on his back playing open guard, Takamasa engages by grabbing the pants on one leg and underhooking the knee on the other. He pins the bottom leg to the mat and hugs the knee tight to his body. From here, he lets go of the knee and his arm wraps over the top and grips the bottom leg underneath, and his other hand makes a collar grip. Now he cuts his knee across the bottom shin, and works his way to the side. His collar grip now moves to a grip on the back, and he uses shoulder pressure to flatten his opponent, where he can establish side control.


Takamasa Watanabe Series 6 - Cross Choke from Butterfly Guard on Top

Takamasa Watanabe Series 6 - Cross Choke from Butterfly Guard on Top

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Using the same set up to pass the butterfly guard as the last position, when Takamasa lowers his head, his opponent also lowers his head to defend. Takamasa reacts by letting go of his shoulder grip to whizzer the arm, and make a cross lapel grip. With his other hand, he makes a grip behind the neck with his four fingers inside the lapel. From here, he pulls guard and uses his leg to prevent his opponent from jumping over. Now he can finish the cross choke.

Takamasa Watanabe Series 5 - Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent has Underhook

Takamasa Watanabe Series 5 - Butterfly Guard Pass when Opponent has Underhook

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Takamasa's opponent is playing butterfly guard and has the underhook on him, so he reaches across the back to grab near the the shoulder blade, and his other hand grips the pants at the knee. With his legs close together, to keep his base heavy, Takamasa sprawls back his leg on the side of the pants grip, and lowers his head to his opponent's chest, as he turns him to the side. Now he lets go of the pants grip and pushes the near leg out of the way to pass the guard.

Takamasa Watanabe Series 4 - Ankle Pick to Loop Choke

Takamasa Watanabe Series 4 - Ankle Pick to Loop Choke

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From standing, Takamasa makes a cross collar grip, and pulls his opponent's head down as he steps toward him, looping his arm around the neck like a guillotine. He lowers his level and grabs the ankle, but rather than picking the leg up, he just blocks it from moving as drives his opponent backward and to the ground. He circles to side control, and has the option to finish the loop choke.

Takamasa Watanabe Series 3 - Grip Break to Ankle Pick

Takamasa Watanabe Series 3 - Grip Break to Ankle Pick

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Takamasa's opponent has a grip on his collar, so his first step is to break the grip. He keeps control of the sleeve and pushes his opponent's arm as he takes a big step forward, placing his foot between the legs. As he steps, he reaches down to grab the heel, and pulls the leg up to finish the ankle pick.

Takamasa Watanabe Series 2 - Tai Otoshi to Ankle Pick

Takamasa Watanabe Series 2 - Tai Otoshi to Ankle Pick

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With the standard collar and elbow grips, Takamasa steps in and pivots, putting his leg across his opponent's far shin to try a tai otoshi takedown. His opponent reacts by stepping over the leg, so he keeps his hand on the collar, drops to his knee and grabs the heel and picks up the leg. While pushing on the collar, he stands up, switches his stance and uses the collar to pull his opponent to the mat, finishing the takedown.

Takamasa Watanabe Series 1 - Interview

Takamasa Watanabe Series 1 - Interview

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Takamasa Watanabe, black belt under Rickson Gracie, talks about his background in Jiu-Jitsu, growing up in Rio, and opening Axis Jiu-Jitsu in Tokyo to be the first ambassador of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Japan.

Inside the University 312 - Sweep to Counter the Knee Cut Pass

Inside the University 312 - Sweep to Counter the Knee Cut Pass

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James Puopolo shows a counter he uses to sweep his opponents when they try to pass with the knee cut. While playing the open guard, James' opponent stuffs his foots between his legs, so James makes a grip on the pants and turns his hips, making a reverse De La Riva hook. His opponent still goes for the knee cut pass, so James uses his energy to lift him. He swings his leg to sit up and attack the single leg on his opponent, finishing the sweep and ending up on top.

Inside the University 311 - Reverse Armbar from Side Control on Bottom

Inside the University 311 - Reverse Armbar from Side Control on Bottom

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Douglas Santos shows a technique that he uses when his opponent has passed his guard and has side control on him. Douglass frames on his opponent's neck and bumps him forward, forcing him to post. Now the space is open for him to feed his leg through and lock his legs over the head, like a reverse triangle. Pinching the arm between his head and shoulder, Douglass squeezes at the elbow to finish the reverse armbar.

Inside the University 310 - Passing the Knee Shield Guard

Inside the University 310 - Passing the Knee Shield Guard

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Fredson Alves shows a combination of passes he uses to pass the knee shield guard. First he grips both lapels in one hand, and grabs under the bottom knee with the other. In the first pass, he stands up and walks his opponent's legs to the other side, and smashing them before he cuts his knee across the shin to pass. However, if his opponent reacts by escaping his hips while he is trying to smash the legs, Fredson simply switches to the X-pass to pass the guard.

Inside the University 309 - Baseball Choke from Side Control

Inside the University 309 - Baseball Choke from Side Control

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Paulo Guillobel shows a way to set up the baseball choke, that can catch your opponent by surprise. From side control, he gets his first grip on the lapel with four fingers in. He hops up to knee on belly, and his opponent turns into him, so he switches to the other side. Now his other hand makes a grip on the lapel, with his hands together like he's holding a baseball. From here he can go north-south to finish the baseball choke.

Inside the University 308 - Grip Break to Seoi Nage

Inside the University 308 - Grip Break to Seoi Nage

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Xande again is gripping his opponent's collar, and his opponent is gripping his collar. Xande cups the wrist from underneath and breaks the grip by turning the wrist and pushing it across his chest. Now he steps toward his collar grip side, making sure to keep his feet at an angle rather than square to his opponent. This will shorten the time it takes him to turn into the seoi nage.