Inside the University 490 - Sinking In the First Hook

Inside the University 490 - Sinking In the First Hook

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Many times while in turtle, Gustavo's opponent will keep his elbows tight inside his thighs to prevent Gustavo from getting his hooks in. In this case, Gustavo establishes his position on top of the back, with his shin resting on the thigh and his other foot looking to make a hook. From here, he can rock side to side and pull on the back of the collar, eventually creating the space he needs to sink his first hook in and roll his opponent to finish the back take.


Inside the University 489 - Taking the Back from Turtle

Inside the University 489 - Taking the Back from Turtle

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Gustavo's opponent is in turtle position and keeping his elbows tight to his knees, so he makes a grip on the back of the collar and another on the far armpit of the gi as he reaches over the back. Next he places his nearside shin on his opponent's thigh and his other foot over the back and at the hip, looking to make a hook. While on top of the back, he pulls the collar and falls to the nearside, placing his far side hook in as he rolls his opponent. Next he can look to place his second hook and establish a solid back control.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 6 - Head Lock Sweep

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 6 - Head Lock Sweep

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It's Yan Lucas' turn to ask Leonel a question, so he starts in the deep half where Leonel has the sleeve grip under the leg and is framing with his arm. To defend the first sweep, Yan gets the cross face, places his head in Leonel's chest and sprawls his free leg back to stay low. Now Leonel brings his arm up, reaches over the back of Yan's head and grabs the armpit. From here he crunches his body, forcing Yan's head and knee together, and pushes off the mat with his feet to turn his hips to the outside and roll Yan over the top.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 5 - Hip Bump Sweep with Double Unders

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 5 - Hip Bump Sweep with Double Unders

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With the same grips and position set up as in the previous two techniques, now Xande has a question on what Leonel will do if he can break Leonel's sleeve grip. The first thing he does is feed the same side lapel to his hand and grips that instead of the sleeve. Then he swims his other arm under the leg and switches the grip to his other hand, and now uses his forearm as a frame to keep Xande from using his knee to pressure. By opening his elbow, Leonel creates space to bring his free arm between the legs and grabs the belt, pants or even other lapel if it's accessible. Now he can raise his hips and bridge to finish the hip bump sweep.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 4 - Sit Up Sweep

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 4 - Sit Up Sweep

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Showing another variation from the previous technique, Leonel begins with the sleeve grip under the leg and Xande's knee in the middle on his belly. This time however, Xande steps his outside leg up to keep a base. As soon as he does, Leonel swings his leg forward and sits up to an S position, keeping his knees pinched tight. With his free hand posted on the mat, he pulls himself up to his knees, pulling Xande's leg away and sweeping him in the process.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 3 - Sweep when Opponent Puts His Knee in the Middle

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 3 - Sweep when Opponent Puts His Knee in the Middle

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In this technique, Xande is inside Leonel's half guard and using his knee to put pressure on Leonel's belly. With his knees pinching Xande's leg, Leonel uses his knee to bump Xande forward, and he brings his arm under the leg and grips the sleeve. Xande's reaction is to get a cross face and try to smash Leonel, so Leonel reaches over the back and grabs the belt. Now he pushes off the mat with his feet to lift his hips, and turns the opposite direction his hips are facing, rolling Xande over him and finishing on top. To pass, he can easily kick his leg back and get to side control.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 2 - Hip Bump Sweep with Lapel Grip

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 2 - Hip Bump Sweep with Lapel Grip

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Answering Saulo's question about what to do if he can't get the sleeve grip, Leonel pulls the same side lapel and feeds it to his hand that is under the leg. Then he swims his far hand under the leg, and switches the lapel to that hand. From here it is common for his opponent to underhook his arm, but he can simply close his elbow and trap it. Now he grabs the pants with his inside hand, and bumps his hips as before to finish the sweep.

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 1 - Hip Bump Sweep from Deep Half Guard

Leonel Marra Deep Half Guard 1 - Hip Bump Sweep from Deep Half Guard

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Leonel begins in half guard and Saulo is on top with a cross face grip and his hips turned toward Leonel. By framing his arm against Saulo's stomach, Leonel creates space and kicks his legs down so he can trap the lower leg between his knees. Now he has space to swim his arm under the leg and make a sleeve grip on Saulo's arm, and pulls it down so he can again frame his arm on the belly. Here he makes a grip on the knee, and bumps his hips up explosively as he punches the knee away, and bridges to come to the top.

Inside the University 488 - Stay On Your Toes

Inside the University 488 - Stay On Your Toes

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Gustavo points out a mistake he sees where people are staying flat on their feet, which is throwing their balance off and not allowing them to react in time. Instead you should stay on your toes and be more agile and responsive. Also, when grabbing the shins, he keeps his hands moving fast so he doesn't allow his opponent to get any grips on him.

Inside the University 487 - Pinning the Leg to Pass

Inside the University 487 - Pinning the Leg to Pass

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Explaining some details in the previous technique, after Gustavo throws the legs to the side, he drops his inside knee to the floor right behind the his opponent's thighs, and reaches over the body to grab the lapel. Here traps the legs with his elbow and knee, and can move to side control or even take the back. In the next passing drill, he grabs the inside of the knee with a cross grip, pins it to the mat as he passes to the side, and makes a lapel grip or just pushes the chest down as he establishes side control.

Inside the University 486 - Leg Push Passing Drill

Inside the University 486 - Leg Push Passing Drill

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Gustavo begins standing in front of his opponent who is laying on his back in an open guard position. As Gustavo steps in, he grabs both shins with his C-grips and pushes the legs in, causing his opponent to react by pushing them back out. Gustavo can do this a motion a few times, and as the legs come back out, he steps back and pushes them to the side, opening the space he needs to pass to side control.

Inside the University 485 - Knee Spin Switching Sides Drill

Inside the University 485 - Knee Spin Switching Sides Drill

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Continuing from his side position after passing with the knee spin, now Rene's opponent turns to face him, so he immediately grabs his legs and pulls his knees down to the mat. He places his knee on top of his opponent's knees, moves his head inside on his opponent's chest, and back steps to the other side. For the drill, his opponent turns to face him again, and Rene repeats the movement. It's important to note that he is staying low and controlling the hips, rather than staying high in a typical cross body position.