Inside the University 906 - Single Leg X-Guard Back Step Pass

Inside the University 906 - Single Leg X-Guard Back Step Pass

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In this lesson Victor Hugo covers some ways to pass the single leg X-guard. First he shows how to maintain your balance and keep a strong base while your opponent is working the position. Next he peels the foot off his hip and turns his knee in to put pressure on the ribs. Now he back steps out of the guard and looks to establish side control.


Inside the University 905 - Staying Connected to the Ribs

Inside the University 905 - Staying Connected to the Ribs

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When using the pressure pass, Xande stresses the importance of staying connected to his opponent's ribs with his arm. Depending on his opponent's reaction and his own preference, Xande has many options to set up his pass from here, and his next point of control will be shoulder pressure.

Inside the University 904 - Pressure Pass to Mount

Inside the University 904 - Pressure Pass to Mount

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Now when Xande goes for the over-under pass, his opponent blocks his shoulder and pushes Xande's under arm with his leg. Instead of fighting for the over-under, Xande brings his arm out and drops it to his opponent's side and puts very heavy pressure on his ribs. From here many things can happen, but Xande's number one move is to go for the mount.

Inside the University 903 - Over-Under Pass

Inside the University 903 - Over-Under Pass

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Moving on to the next guard pass, Xande teaches the over-under pass. For this, he needs to step over one leg and his arm on that side will go over the leg, while his other arm goes under the other leg. From here he stays on his toes with his hips tilted inward, and drives his weight into his opponent through his shoulders. After stepping out with his other leg, he stays tight and works to establish side control. This pass can be combined with the attempt for the double under pass also.

Inside the University 902 - Using Heavy Pressure to Stack Your Opponent

Inside the University 902 - Using Heavy Pressure to Stack Your Opponent

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Continuing on the double under pass, Xande really emphasizes the importance of driving forward into your opponent to apply a lot of pressure and make him very uncomfortable while passing. Because of the pressure, your opponent should eventually move his legs out of discomfort rather than making you throw them to the side to pass.

Inside the University 901 - Double Under Pass

Inside the University 901 - Double Under Pass

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In this lesson, Xande teaches his favorite guard passing series, beginning with the double under pass. With his opponent's guard open, Xande swims both arms under the legs, ultimately looking to make a cross collar grip. Typically what will happen is he'll go for one side, his opponent will defend and then he can get it on the other side, where he can work to finish his pass.

Inside the University 900 - Bridge Mount Escape

Inside the University 900 - Bridge Mount Escape

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To finish the class, Saulo goes over the most basic mount escape, the bridge or upa. Since it is fairly simple to shutdown the bridge escape, it is commonly used as a last resort when your opponent has his choking grips at your neck. This is the time you are more likely to roll him, as he will not be able to post with his hands at your neck.

Inside the University 899 - Escape from Technical Mount

Inside the University 899 - Escape from Technical Mount

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Often when you make your first defensive position while mounted, your opponent will switch to a technical mount. Saulo breaks down the necessary movement, and shows a mobility drill to practice in order to escape the technical mount.

Inside the University 898 - Staying Calm and Timing Your Escape

Inside the University 898 - Staying Calm and Timing Your Escape

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Saulo discusses the importance of relaxing and staying calm when your opponent has you mounted. After he is able to bring his knee under his opponent's leg, then he is ready to explode to the other side and escape the mount.

Inside the University 897 - Connecting the Movements to Escape Mount

Inside the University 897 - Connecting the Movements to Escape Mount

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Having practiced the kick the door exercise, Saulo now incorporates this movement into the mount escape, and fine tunes the bridge movement that follows. He touches on the timing and coordination of the movements to smoothly escape the mount.

Inside the University 896 - Mobility Drill to Help Your Mount Escape

Inside the University 896 - Mobility Drill to Help Your Mount Escape

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To emphasize how to bring your leg up and crunch your body when escaping the mount, Saulo shows the kick the door mobility drill from the tiger routine. This drill done properly is the same movement he is looking for when bringing his leg underneath his opponent's leg.

Inside the University 895 - Mount Escape

Inside the University 895 - Mount Escape

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The first lesson to escape the mount is to not get caught flat on your back. This is why Saulo is already turning to his side as soon as he knows his opponent is going for the mount. He keeps his frames in place on the hip and when he has the opportunity, he crunches his body to bring his knee under the leg. Now he can bridge and begin to recover his guard.