Xande's Esgrima Series 4 - Esgrima Against the Sit Up Butterfly Guard

Xande's Esgrima Series 4 - Esgrima Against the Sit Up Butterfly Guard

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Now Xande's opponent is working from a traditional sit up butterfly guard with the underhook. Xande pushes on the bottom knee, rounds his back to create a strong base, and scoots back to create some space. From here he walks his leg in between his opponent's leg and switches the hand on the knee to an esgrima underhook, and forces his way to the half guard. Now he can drive his knee up and work to knee cut pass.


Xande's Esgrima Series 3 - Passing when Opponent Closes the Half Guard

Xande's Esgrima Series 3 - Passing when Opponent Closes the Half Guard

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This time when Xande looks to break his hip to smash the butterfly guard, his opponent is able to trap his leg and lock up the half guard. The first thing Xande must do is move his body forward, because if he is too low, his opponent will recover. He pushes his opponent's head with the back of his own head, and gets on his toes to lift his butt in the air to a tripod position. Now he can bring his knee forward and begin to knee cut pass.

Xande's Esgrima Series 2 - Butterfly Guard Smash

Xande's Esgrima Series 2 - Butterfly Guard Smash

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From inside his opponent's butterfly guard, Xande gets his esgrima or underhook on one side and breaks his hip to face the other side. He makes sure to keep his head connected to the chest and the side of his body connected along the center line of his opponent's body. From this position he can work on stepping over the leg and passing the guard. The same principles apply if his opponent tries to hook sweep him.

Xande's Esgrima Series 1 - Esgrima Fundamentals

Xande's Esgrima Series 1 - Esgrima Fundamentals

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This series is all about the esgrima, or underhook. Xande first breaks down some different ways he can use his arm for the esgrima and also how his body and hips should be positioned while using it.

Inside the University 956 - Preventing Side Control Transition from North-South

Inside the University 956 - Preventing Side Control Transition from North-South

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Saulo goes over some important details on how to swing your legs like a pendulum to recover your guard. First is to keep your legs together and low to the ground. This will require some strength from your abs. Also he covers how to prevent your opponent from getting to side control from north-south, using the same principles already covered.

Inside the University 955 - North-South Escape

Inside the University 955 - North-South Escape

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Now Saulo shows how to escape the north-south position, but first shows how not to escape. Many times people will to push their opponent off of them like a bench press, but this is wrong. Instead, push up toward your head and use this force to move away from your opponent. Then you can swing your legs around to recover guard.

Inside the University 954 - Side Control Escape when You're Late to Block

Inside the University 954 - Side Control Escape when You're Late to Block

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In this scenario, Saulo is too late to block side control and his opponent establishes a collar grip on him. First Saulo must thread the needle to bring his hand inside to frame on the biceps. Now he uses the same movement as before, but he bridges away from his opponent in order to make space to recover guard.

Inside the University 953 - Escaping Side Control when Opponent Switches His Base

Inside the University 953 - Escaping Side Control when Opponent Switches His Base

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Now Saulo covers how to escape when your opponent switches his base after you block. Using his top arm Saulo can push and control his opponent's body, no matter which side he switches his hips to. Once he creates the space, he recovers his guard.

Inside the University 952 - Blocking Side Control with Your Outside Arm

Inside the University 952 - Blocking Side Control with Your Outside Arm

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First Saulo shows a mobility drill you can do to practice recovering guard from side control. Next he shows why it's so important to react right away and block your opponent using your outside arm. The old way is to block with your inside arm, but this can easily lead to trouble for you.

Inside the University 951 - Pushing Off Your Shoulder and Blocking with Your Shin

Inside the University 951 - Pushing Off Your Shoulder and Blocking with Your Shin

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Saulo covers a few key details including how to create force in your bridge by pushing off your shoulder. He also breaks down that you must first use your shin to block, then extend your body in order to create the space you need to recover guard. You will not be able to recover directly from the bridge without these steps.

Inside the University 950 - Creating the Angle to Escape Side Control

Inside the University 950 - Creating the Angle to Escape Side Control

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Saulo stresses the importance of timing your escape so you can be in a good position to prevent side control in the first place. Also he talks about creating an angle in your bridge to allow for an easier guard recovery.

Inside the University 949 - Blocking Side Control

Inside the University 949 - Blocking Side Control

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Using the same movement as the drill, Saulo shows how to block side control before your opponent can establish a good position. As soon as his opponent is passing his legs, Saulo turns all the way to his side and throws his arm across his body to make the block. Now he can extend his body and swing to recover guard. It is very important to anticipate the pass and block it first.