Inside the University 1045 - Armbar from Closed Guard in a Self Defense Situation

Inside the University 1045 - Armbar from Closed Guard in a Self Defense Situation

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Starting off with a common self defense scenario, Gustavo is in closed guard with his opponent trying to choke him with both hands around his neck. Gustavo grips an arm behind the elbow and his other arm goes under the leg, gaining leverage as he spins his hips. He raises his hips and bites down over the head with his leg to trap the arm and get the submission.


Inside the University 1044 - Finishing the Brabo Choke Using Your Opponent's Arm

Inside the University 1044 - Finishing the Brabo Choke Using Your Opponent's Arm

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Often when setting up the Brabo choke, Gustavo's opponent will frame with his arms and try to push Gustavo away. In this case, Gustavo leans back and does like a biceps curl to pull his opponent's head off the ground. Now he pulls at the far elbow to bring the arm across the neck, and drops his chest on top of the shoulder to finish the choke.

Inside the University 1043 - Immobilizing the Hip for the Brabo Choke

Inside the University 1043 - Immobilizing the Hip for the Brabo Choke

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Gustavo covers an important detail of where to place your knee when applying the Brabo choke. After he frees it and cuts it to the other side, he drops it to the mat and uses it to pin and immobilize his opponent's hip. He does not fully commit his knee cut as if he was trying to pass. Instead he stays above his opponent where he can apply top pressure and finish the choke.

Inside the University 1042 - Finishing the Brabo Choke

Inside the University 1042 - Finishing the Brabo Choke

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After switching his hips and freeing his knee, Gustavo drops his knee to the mat and posts his free leg, almost if he's in a knee cut position. He feeds the lapel to his other hand with a palm up grip, and drops his elbow and shoulder heavy on his opponent. His other hand reaches for a cross collar grip, and he now he pulls his elbows in and lowers his chest to finish the Brabo choke.

Inside the University 1041 - Setting Up the Brabo Choke from Half Guard

Inside the University 1041 - Setting Up the Brabo Choke from Half Guard

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Gustavo is on top in his opponent's half guard, and is unable to get the underhook, but has a good cross face control. He opens the far lapel and feeds it under the armpit to his hand controlling the cross face for a stronger control. Now he can switch his hips to face his opponent and begin to free his knee from the half guard. From here he has options to pass the guard or look for the choke, which he will go over next.

Inside the University 1040 - Double Leg Takedown

Inside the University 1040 - Double Leg Takedown

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To warm up for class, Professor Gustavo goes over a basic double leg takedown. He first lowers his level then shoots to his opponent, always keeping his head up and looking straight. His head goes to the side of the body, and he drives with his head while collapsing the legs to take his opponent down.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 15 - Saulo Choke from Mount

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 15 - Saulo Choke from Mount

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Now showing his favorite submission from mount, Xande first grabs his opponent's wrist and pushes it to the ground like an Americana. When his opponent reacts by turning toward the arm, Xande grabs his cross collar thumb in grip and switches to a technical mount. To finish the choke he drops his elbow to the mat and pulls down on the near collar.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 14 - Saulo Choke from Side Control

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 14 - Saulo Choke from Side Control

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On to one Xande's favorite submissions, he has a strong side control in the landmark 2 position with his hips facing his opponent's head. His arm reaches across the neck for a collar grip and he transitions to a neutral side control for better leverage. His free hand reaches underneath the near arm and now he can drop his elbow to finish the Saulo choke.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 13 - Breaking Your Opponent's Frame with Your Legs

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 13 - Breaking Your Opponent's Frame with Your Legs

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Now Xande goes over exactly how he breaks his opponent's frame on his hip from side control. First he walks the arm up high near the head, and by switching his hips he can use just his legs to control and trap the arm, allowing him to then control the legs and advance to mount.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 12 - Finding the Leverage to Open the Elbow in Side Control

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 12 - Finding the Leverage to Open the Elbow in Side Control

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If Xande's opponent is able to sneak his elbow inside and make a frame against Xande's side control, it is important to find the correct leverage to open the elbow back up. The motion his opponent's arm will be weakest is that of an Americana, so Xande forces the arm in that direction, which will automatically create space between the elbow and body, allowing Xande to regain side control.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 11 - Preventing Your Opponent's Diamond Defense

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 11 - Preventing Your Opponent's Diamond Defense

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One of the main things Xande is aware of while in side control is his opponent's effort to create a diamond defense, by bringing his elbow and knee together. Xande goes over how his opponent will look to do this, and how Xande can transition between his landmark positions to continuously prevent the elbow and knee from connecting.

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 10 - Mounting from Side Control While Facing the Legs

Xande's Side Control and Mount Transitional Movements 10 - Mounting from Side Control While Facing the Legs

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Now Xande covers how he uses side control with his hips facing his opponent's legs, rather than his head. Many times he'll switch to this side control when his opponent is framing on his neck, or he gets there straight from passing the half guard. After working his hips up high, under his opponent's armpit, he controls the legs with his free hand and steps his leg over to mount.