Inside the University 382 - Escrima Pass when Opponent Has Both Underhooks

Inside the University 382 - Escrima Pass when Opponent Has Both Underhooks

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Xande's opponent is playing butterfly guard and has both underhooks on him. Xande's first move is to swim his arm in for the underhook on the opposite side of his head. Using his underhook, Xande drives his opponent sideways to the mat, and simultaneously breaks his hip so that his right hip lands on top of his opponent's right hip. Now he is back in his Escrima position, ready to pass by bringing his knee up and cutting it.


Inside the University 381 - Applying Constant Pressure while Passing

Inside the University 381 - Applying Constant Pressure while Passing

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Focusing on an important detail, Xande shows how to maintain constant pressure while passing with the escrima. Before moving to the side, he brings his knees close and pushes himself forward using his toes. As he passes to the side, he continues to push forward with his toes, never giving his opponent space.

Inside the University 380 - Butterfly Guard Escrima Pass

Inside the University 380 - Butterfly Guard Escrima Pass

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Xande's opponent is playing butterfly guard with both hooks, so Xande first picks a side to lower his head to, and pushes the same side knee down as he posts his leg out and gets a good underhook on the other side. He keeps his weight down to fend off any hook sweep attempts. Next he breaks his hip to the mat, facing the outside. His opponent will now lock up the half guard, and Xande is in perfect to position to finish the escrima pass as shown before.

Inside the University 379 - Half Guard Escrima Pass Concepts

Inside the University 379 - Half Guard Escrima Pass Concepts

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Xande begins in his opponent's half guard, and his first idea is to get the underhook high in the armpit on the opposite side he is passing to, and to place his head next to his opponent's head on the same side he is passing to. His inside hip stays connected and putting pressure on the thigh, and his outside leg posts far out, staying open and distributing his weight. With his free hand, he reaches down and grabs the pants to control the leg. From here, he has the leverage to maintain his base and defend any sweep attempts. When he has the space and opportunity, Xande can begin to pass by bringing his knee up and cutting it to the outside, working for the knee cut pass.

Inside the University 378 - Replacing Guard when Opponent Stuffs Your Leg to Headquarters

Inside the University 378 - Replacing Guard when Opponent Stuffs Your Leg to Headquarters

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Now Xande's opponent stuffs his leg inside and steps over to headquarters position. Right away, Xande turns his hips to the opposite side his opponent stepped to. He pulls the collar and kicks his foot in the butt to make his opponent fall to the side and base. Now he kicks the far leg away, and from here he has many options to either replace his guard or set up different sweeps.

Inside the University 377 - Replacing Guard after Opponent Passes to the Side

Inside the University 377 - Replacing Guard after Opponent Passes to the Side

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Xande has his collar sleeve guard and once again his opponent stands up and backs away to pass. Xande sits up and lets go of the sleeve grip and posts his hand on the mat, and his opponent gets around his legs and to his side. Xande lowers his body, bending over to the side of his post, and pushes off his hand to escape his hips away. Now he has the space to square up and replace his guard.

Inside the University 376 - Guard Retention when Opponent Stand Up to Pass

Inside the University 376 - Guard Retention when Opponent Stand Up to Pass

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Xande is playing the collar and sleeve guard, and his opponent stands and backs away, looking to pass. Xande sits up, keeping the collar grip, but letting go of the sleeve grip so he can post his hand on the mat. When his opponent tries to go around, Xande pushes off his posted hand and follows, staying square to him. From here he has many options, but one of his favorites is to use the momentum and go for the collar drag.

Inside the University 375 - Cross Choke from Collar and Sleeve Guard

Inside the University 375 - Cross Choke from Collar and Sleeve Guard

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Xande has the collar and sleeve guard grips and his opponent pushes down his knee shield. By simply turning his collar hand from 12 o'clock to 2 o'clock position, he can get his first choking grip under the neck. Now his other hand lets go of the sleeve and grabs the gi at the shoulder to make his second choking grip. Here he can just pull to his chest to finish, or use his guard replacing techniques to get the closed guard and have some better leverage to finish the choke.

Inside the University 374 - Collar and Sleeve Guard Retention

Inside the University 374 - Collar and Sleeve Guard Retention

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Xande sets up his collar and sleeve guard with both feet on the hips and his knee shield in place. In the first scenario, his opponent pushes the shield down, so Xande immediately escapes his hips a little and replaces the shield. Next his opponent pushes the shield down and steps over. Xande extends his body and pulls the arm, then replaces both feet on the hips and his knee shield. Finally, his opponent pushes the shield and steps to knee cut. Again, Xande extends and pulls, replaces his feet on the hips and squares up to his opponent.

Inside the University 373 - Defending VS Escaping

Inside the University 373 - Defending VS Escaping

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Continuing with the triangle choke defense, Saulo breaks down the position further and highlights the differences between defending and escaping. The first reaction must be to defend, which is to survive and prevent the choke from getting deeper. Then you can focus on escaping, which is to get out of the choke and return to a safe position. It is crucial that one can remain calm while being attacked and defend until he creates an opening to escape.

Inside the University 372 - Triangle Choke Escape

Inside the University 372 - Triangle Choke Escape

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Saulo's opponent has thrown up his legs for the triangle, but has not yet adjusted to fully lock the triangle. Saulo's first move is to fall to the side of his free arm, posting his hand on the mat and bringing his other knee to his opponent's ribs. Pushing off his hand, Saulo extends himself back and away from his opponent until he is able to open the legs. As soon as the legs open, he brings his elbow inside the thigh and applies pressure and works for the guard pass.

Inside the University 371 - Turning Belly Down

Inside the University 371 - Turning Belly Down

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After emphasizing the importance of timing, and turning before your opponent gets to your side, Saulo now shows how to react when your opponent grabs your pants and prevents you from replacing guard. Already on his side, he takes several small steps away from his opponent, and creates the space to bring his leg underneath and turn belly down. From here he can press forward or sit back and replace guard.