Inside the University 918 - Catching the Triangle from Classic Guard

Inside the University 918 - Catching the Triangle from Classic Guard

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Diving into some specifics about setting up and catching the triangle, Xande shows how he needs to be squared up to his opponent when he pulls him in, rather than trying to go at an angle. If he pulls from an angle, he opens himself up to getting passed right away, but when he pulls straight, his opponent has to brace himself and gives Xande a better opportunity to catch the triangle.


Inside the University 917 - Using Your Shin in the Classic Guard

Inside the University 917 - Using Your Shin in the Classic Guard

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Now from his classic guard, Xande shows how he can continuously fight his opponent's hand on his hip by using his shin. He can either circle it in or circle it out to break his opponent's grip, and then options to go foot on the biceps or even shoot up for omoplatas and triangles.

Inside the University 916 - Framing and Recovering Classic Guard

Inside the University 916 - Framing and Recovering Classic Guard

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As his opponent tries to pass to the side, Xande goes over his framing techniques and how he uses his footwork to recover his classic guard. He also covers some options to break his opponent's pants grip and keep inside control of the arm with his leg.

Inside the University 915 - The Importance of Your Bottom Foot while Playing Classic Guard

Inside the University 915 - The Importance of Your Bottom Foot while Playing Classic Guard

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To begin class, Sensei Xande breaks down the basics of the classic guard, including how to place his shield, but more important in this lesson is how he is using his bottom foot. His bottom foot is the one that helps him pivot and follow his opponent as he tries to pass the guard.

Inside the University 914 - Blocking with Your Head to Wheel Pass

Inside the University 914 - Blocking with Your Head to Wheel Pass

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Going over some finer points of the wheel pass, Gustavo shows how important it is for him to get his head below his opponent's head and into the chest when turning him for the wheel pass.

Inside the University 913 - Wheel Passing the Sit Up Guard

Inside the University 913 - Wheel Passing the Sit Up Guard

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Now when Gustavo's opponent has his leg and is in the sit up guard, Gustavo looks to use the wheel pass, but first he must pull his leg out from between his opponent's legs. Now that he is in a kind of butterfly guard, he can reach over the back and grab the pants to turn his opponent and back step for the wheel pass.

Inside the University 912 - Defending the Sit Up Guard

Inside the University 912 - Defending the Sit Up Guard

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Moving on to another position where your opponent is controlling your leg, Gustavo shows some ways to defend the sit up guard. In this case, his opponent wraps up his leg and pulls him down, looking to sweep. First Gustavo must get a good base, which he does by making a strong collar grip and driving his knee into the chest. He has many options from here, but what he wants to work on now is pulling his opponent back to a seated position and then working to pass.

Inside the University 911 - Single Leg Takedown Defense

Inside the University 911 - Single Leg Takedown Defense

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Professor Gustavo goes over some basics of defending the single leg takedown. What he commonly sees beginners do is try to back away, but this will make it easier for your opponent to take you down. Instead, he grabs both the shoulders and drives his weight into his opponent until he can sprawl on him or kick his leg out.

Inside the University 910 - Creating and Sticking to Your Game Plan

Inside the University 910 - Creating and Sticking to Your Game Plan

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Now Nick gives a little talk about strategy for competition, including putting together a game plan and sticking to it. Most competitors only have a handful of techniques they are very proficient with and consistently look to use them in competition. Nick has the students run through their game plan, which could be takedown, pass the guard and submit with any positions they are comfortable with.

Inside the University 909 - Preparing for Competition

Inside the University 909 - Preparing for Competition

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In this week's lesson, Professors Gustavo Dias and Nick Schrock go over some thoughts and techniques regarding competition. Nick begins with a little speech about mentally preparing for competition and not putting too much pressure on yourself. This leads to his idea on grip fighting at competition, which should be relaxed and not forced with so much tension.

Inside the University 908 - Single Leg X-Guard Pass to S-Mount

Inside the University 908 - Single Leg X-Guard Pass to S-Mount

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Now showing another way to pass the single leg x-guard, Victor has the same side sleeve grip and peels the foot off his hip. Next he switches the sleeve grip to his other hand shoves his opponent's knee back as he drops his hips to the mat, landing in an s-mount position. From here he has many attacking options he can go to.

Inside the University 907 - Dealing with a Pants Grip in Single Leg X-Guard

Inside the University 907 - Dealing with a Pants Grip in Single Leg X-Guard

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Now Victor shows how to deal with your opponent who is gripping your pants from the single leg x-guard. He first grips his opponent's pants at the foot on his hip, then reaches down to grab the sleeve that is grabbing his pants. He yanks up to break the grip and free the hook off his hip. Now he can go to his back step pass.