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.

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.