Inside the University 988 - Setting Up Esgrima Pass from Spider Guard

Inside the University 988 - Setting Up Esgrima Pass from Spider Guard

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Now when Gustavo breaks the spider guard grips, he ends up in a situation where his opponent's legs are wide open. In this case, he steps his knee in the middle, drops his weight and get the esgrima or underhook. From here he can settle in and work his knee cut pass.


Inside the University 987 - Forcing the Legs Down to Pass Spider Guard

Inside the University 987 - Forcing the Legs Down to Pass Spider Guard

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After going over some finer details on breaking your opponent's spider grips, Gustavo shows another variation to pass the spider guard. Instead of spinning his opponent, now he forces the feet to the ground and runs around to establish side control.

Inside the University 986 - Toreando Pass from Spider Guard

Inside the University 986 - Toreando Pass from Spider Guard

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Gustavo shows how to step to the side each time he swims his arm to break his opponent's spider grip. After breaking both grips, he places his hands on the knees and spins his opponent to whichever direction he prefers to toreando pass the guard.

Inside the University 985 - Clearing the Foot on the Biceps in Spider Guard

Inside the University 985 - Clearing the Foot on the Biceps in Spider Guard

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For this lesson Professor Gustavo covers how to deal with the spider guard, but before passing, he shows how to get your opponent's feet off your biceps. To make his grip on the pants, he swims his hand over the ankle and grips at the inside. Now when he steps to the side, he can swim his arm to the inside and easily punch away to get the foot out of his biceps and be ready to pass.

Inside the University 984 - Protecting with Your Elbow

Inside the University 984 - Protecting with Your Elbow

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Saulo covers some details on preventing the pass, focusing on the importance of protecting yourself with your top elbow. While your bottom elbow stays tucked to your body, your top elbow stays pointed up with your arm out keeping separation between your body and your opponent's body.

Inside the University 983 - Anticipating the Guard Pass

Inside the University 983 - Anticipating the Guard Pass

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Now Saulo covers how to prevent your opponent from passing by first anticipating the pass and reacting. He falls to his side with his elbows in and his shield up. Next he bridges and then uses can move in a few different ways to either sit up for the underhook, spin to recover guard or turn belly down.

Inside the University 982 - Breaking Down Your Weight Distribution While Passing

Inside the University 982 - Breaking Down Your Weight Distribution While Passing

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Saulo works 1-on-1 with a student and really breaks down where he needs to apply his weight and pressure while passing, not only on his opponent, but his own body as well.

Inside the University 981 - Passing Guard when Opponent Has a Pant Grip on Your Leg

Inside the University 981 - Passing Guard when Opponent Has a Pant Grip on Your Leg

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Now Saulo is looking to pass the guard while his opponent controls his leg with a pant grip. He first twists his body toward the trapped leg, lowers his base and places his hands on the knee and torso. He steps his free leg to the side as his other shin cuts across his opponent's leg, and he looks for the pass from here.

Inside the University 980 - Stepping to the Side and Initiating the Pass

Inside the University 980 - Stepping to the Side and Initiating the Pass

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To start off this lesson, Sensei Saulo shows how he steps to the side to create the angle he needs to pass the guard. Once he's to the side, Saulo uses his weight to push the knees in and cause a reaction from his opponent. From here he shows four different guard pass set ups he can use.

Inside the University 979 - Passing a High Knee Shield

Inside the University 979 - Passing a High Knee Shield

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This time Gustavo's opponent is playing a high knee shield guard with his knee up at Gustavo's chest, making it difficult to smash as he did before. In this case he puts his knee through the legs, controls the belt and brings his hips up high so can bend down and get his torso over the knee. Now he looks to smash and finish his pass by bringing his knee through.

Inside the University 978 - Controlling the Upper Body While Passing

Inside the University 978 - Controlling the Upper Body While Passing

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Now Professor Gustavo shows a couple ways how he can use his free hand to control the upper body while he is passing the knee shield. One way is to make a collar grip and pull his opponent in so his torso is curled and he can't stretch himself away from you. Another way is to grab his opponent's wrist and pin it to the mat.

Inside the University 977 - Knee Cutting Through the Knee Shield

Inside the University 977 - Knee Cutting Through the Knee Shield

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In this lesson Professor Gustavo goes over some half guard passing, beginning with his opponent playing the knee shield. His first objective is to put pressure on his opponent and smash his legs together. He controls the belt with a tight elbow to the body and drives his head underneath the chine. With his weight on his toes, he looks to drive his knee through and work his knee cut pass.