Inside the University 894 - Redirecting Your Opponent

Inside the University 894 - Redirecting Your Opponent

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Answering a student's question, Xande breaks down the importance of redirecting his opponent's force to create angles that allow him to make space and gain leverage to recover his guard.


Inside the University 893 - When to Prop Your Forearm to Recover Guard

Inside the University 893 - When to Prop Your Forearm to Recover Guard

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Xande explains when and how to prop yourself up on your forearm while your opponent is trying to keep pressure on you and pass your guard. He also explains the importance of using your prop to create distance and leverage so you can recover your guard.

Inside the University 892 - How to Choose the Strongest Grip

Inside the University 892 - How to Choose the Strongest Grip

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Xande goes over a few different ways to clasp your hands together, and explains the strengths and weaknesses of each one.

Inside the University 891 - Recovering Guard from the Superhold

Inside the University 891 - Recovering Guard from the Superhold

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Now Xande goes over how he uses these movement principles to recover his guard when his opponent has a superhold grip on him. First he bumps to create space so he can insert his shield, which he uses to push off and extend his body so he can insert his frame. Next he likes to bring in his pedal and look to recover guard or go right into setting up some attacks.

Inside the University 890 - The Difference Between Exercise and Technique

Inside the University 890 - The Difference Between Exercise and Technique

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Xande explains to some newer students the difference between drilling an exercise and drilling a technique. In this case, he saw some of the white belts rolling to their bellies like they did during the warm up drill, and explains how the rolling is practice to get the movement down but not to be used in a practical situation.

Inside the University 889 - Creating Space and Leverage by Rotating Your Body

Inside the University 889 - Creating Space and Leverage by Rotating Your Body

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Going back to the side roll mobility warmup drill from last week, Xande shows one way he applies that movement into his Jiu Jitsu, in this case from his knee shield guard. After placing his shield and pushing off with it, he not only extends his upper body, but rotates it as he did in the rolling drill. This gives him the space and leverage he needs to prop himself up on his elbow and recover to a better position. The scissoring of the legs and rotation of the body are the keys to this movement.

Inside the University 888 - Collar Guard High Knee Cut Pass

Inside the University 888 - Collar Guard High Knee Cut Pass

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Next is a pass that Xande used after surgery when he could only use one arm. From a headquarters position, he matches the collar grip of his opponent and slides his knee up to touch his forearm. From here his opponent cannot place his shield, so when he tries to bump, Xande cuts the knee through to pass the guard.

Inside the University 887 - Collar Guard Side Step Pass

Inside the University 887 - Collar Guard Side Step Pass

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Xande's opponent grabs his collar, and Xande is staying on his feet, keeping a low base. He makes his own collar and sleeve grips, and pulls the collar down, causing his opponent to react by pulling back up. Xande uses this time to side step to the other side drop his ribs on his opponent's ribs to establish side control.

Inside the University 886 - Switching Your Hips to Establish the Pass

Inside the University 886 - Switching Your Hips to Establish the Pass

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Here Xande emphasizes the importance of not stopping in the middle when he switches his hips after turning his opponent for the wheel pass. He back steps with the turn, and his hips end up facing his opponent. Then switches very quick to face the other direction and get his hip on his opponent's hip.

Inside the University 885 - Wheel Pass

Inside the University 885 - Wheel Pass

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Xande shows one of his favorite guard passes when his opponent is playing a collar guard. His first reaction is to make a collar and pants grip. Now he must leverage his opponent so he is sitting on his butt, making it easier to spin him. He uses his grips to turn him like a steering while, while dropping his forearm to the mat and his head under the chin. Now he can establish side control and secure the pass.

Inside the University 884 - Mobility Side Roll Warm Up Drill

Inside the University 884 - Mobility Side Roll Warm Up Drill

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To warm up, Xande introduces a mobility drill where he continually rolls over his side. He first leads with his hips, then follows with his torso, while keeping his feet connected to the floor at all times.

Inside the University 883 - Xande Sparring with Rafael Lovato Jr.

Inside the University 883 - Xande Sparring with Rafael Lovato Jr.

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Two BJJ legends, Xande and Rafael Lovato Jr. have a sparring session.