Inside the University 424 - Finishing the Omoplata

Inside the University 424 - Finishing the Omoplata

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Starting where he left off from the last technique, Gustavo has his arm over the back hugging the hips, the omoplata locked, and is pinching his knees together with his hips facing outside. Here he is preventing his opponent from rolling or jumping over him. Next he posts on his elbow and then his hand, keeping his abs crunched as he rises in order to keep the arm trapped. Now using his bottom leg to push off the mat, Gustavo switches his hips to the other side and lands with his legs in S position. Here he can just raise his hips to finish the shoulder lock.


Inside the University 423 - Setting Up the Omoplata from Closed Guard

Inside the University 423 - Setting Up the Omoplata from Closed Guard

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From the closed guard, Professor Gustavo controls one wrist and blocks the other shoulder of his opponent. He pushes the shoulder and brings his knee in toward him and then stretches his other leg and throws it over the shoulder for the omoplata. Now rather than flattening his back on the mat, Gustavo keeps his hips facing to the outside and places them under his opponent's belly. From here, he reaches over the back to hug the hips and locks his legs. Now he is in a solid position to set himself up for the finish.

Inside the University 422 - Spider Guard Sweep

Inside the University 422 - Spider Guard Sweep

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Nick has his spider guard set up and his opponent breaks one of his grips and throws his leg. His first step is to immediately bring his free let across and hook the outside of his opponent's knee, then he clamps down on the biceps with his other foot and opens his hips toward his opponent. His opponent reacts by stepping around the leg to knee on belly, so he reaches and grabs the pants. Now he pulls his foot in the biceps down and stretches it out, and repeats this a few times, each time bringing his opponent more and more to the side until he has the leverage to sweep him.

Inside the University 421 - Controlling Grips in Spider Guard

Inside the University 421 - Controlling Grips in Spider Guard

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Professor Nick Schrock shows some details and concepts of how he plays spider guard. His first concern is to get good grips on the sleeves, without any "wrinkles" or extra folds that could weaken his grip. With his feet in the biceps, Nick pulls his elbows to the ground close to his thighs, keeping his opponent's hands away from his shin so he can't grip back. If his opponent does get a pants grip, Nick rotates his hips to the side, kicks his leg out to break the grip, and then goes back to his spider control.

Inside the University 420 - Climbing Arm Lock

Inside the University 420 - Climbing Arm Lock

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With his opponent inside his closed guard and posting on his chest, Xande rotates his body to the side, underhooking the leg and throwing his legs up as he goes. He locks one over the shoulder and the other tight under the armpit. Already at a good angle to attack, Xande can now just throw his leg that is locking the shoulder over the head, and finish the armbar. Here he shows a few variations of getting his legs in position, either with one fast step or by climbing step by step, depending on the situation.

Inside the University 419 - Rolling Arm Lock when Opponent Stands Up

Inside the University 419 - Rolling Arm Lock when Opponent Stands Up

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Again Xande knocks his opponent's arms to the side and climbs the back, reaching over to grab the armpit. This time his opponent reacts by standing up and picking Xande up off the ground. While still hovering above the ground, Xande first grabs the arm and traps it, then grabs the near leg and throws his leg over the head. Now he can use his leverage and momentum to roll, forcing his opponent to roll as well, landing right in position to finish the arm lock.

Inside the University 418 - Rolling Arm Lock

Inside the University 418 - Rolling Arm Lock

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Showing his arm lock against Rustam at ADCC, after some different attempts at breaking his posture and attacking his arm, Xande was able to knock both Rustam's arms across his chest and pull down his head, as he angled himself to the side. Xande climbs his way to the back and throws his arm over to trap Rustam's arm to his chest, while posting his bottom knee on the floor. Now he throws his top leg over the head and across the face, and rolls on his side, forcing his opponent to roll as well. As his opponent lands on his back, Xande is able to lay back to finish the arm lock.

Inside the University 417 - Armbar from Closed Guard when Opponent Stands Up

Inside the University 417 - Armbar from Closed Guard when Opponent Stands Up

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Xande is playing the closed guard and before he attacks any sweeps or submissions, he is constantly looking to move his opponent's arms so he can break his posture. He either swims both arms inside to knock the arms outside, or he pushes them across his body, and then locks behind the head to control his posture. After his opponent is frustrated and pushes off Xande's armpits to stand up, Xande underhooks the leg with his arm, and opens his legs to swing them placing one in the armpit and the other over the head. He can finish the armbar here or he can knock his opponent to the ground to finish.

Inside the University 416 - Takedown from Behind Your Opponent

Inside the University 416 - Takedown from Behind Your Opponent

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Covering the takedown he was able to hit on Buchecha at ADCC, Xande begins behind his opponent from standing position with his arms wrapped around the waist, and his opponent bracing himself with his hands on the floor. With his head on one side of his opponent, Xande brings his far leg across and hooks his foot on the outside of the ankle. Next he simply falls back and rolls to the side, using his hook the same as he would for a classic hook sweep. Now he can leave his hook where it is, come up on his knee and finish in a leg drag position.

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 6 - Birth of the Knee Shield

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 6 - Birth of the Knee Shield

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Xande is successful using his arm to block the crossface, but now when Saulo brings his arm over Xande's head, he also switches his base to smash with his hips. This is when Xande can punch his knee in between them and start shielding. Here he can start to extend his body away and push off Saulo's hips to create the space he needs to bring his leg all the way through and replace the guard.

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 5 - Passing the Open Guard

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 5 - Passing the Open Guard

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Now Saulo is looking to pass Xande's open guard, and there three key points he focuses on. First, he makes sure not to stay right in the center of Xande's legs. Second, he looks to make Xande turn to one side or the other. Third, he doesn't let Xande place his feet on his hips. Once he is ready to make his move, Saulo steps to the side and pushes Xande's foot down, stuffing it between his legs. Here is where he can establish a solid base and has several passing options depending on Xande's reaction.

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 4 - Blocking the Armpit to Replace Guard

Saulo and Xande - How to Beat My Brother's Game 4 - Blocking the Armpit to Replace Guard

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Xande is in his guard and protecting his head against the cross face as before, so now Saulo brings his arm over Xande's head, looking to settle in a strong position. Immediately Xande uses his other arm as a shield in Saulo's armpit to block him. Now with his hand that was protecting his face, Xande pushes away at Saulo's hip or knee to keep the space open where he can slide his knee back through and replace his closed guard.