Inside the University 359 - Traditional Guard Pass

Inside the University 359 - Traditional Guard Pass

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Xande teaches the first pass of this series, which is also his favorite pass. From the crab stance, Xande picks a side and changes his scoop hand to push down on the thigh, and as the leg goes to the mat, he swims his other hand under the other leg. He makes a grip on the collar with his palm facing down. The common reaction by his opponent is to attack his inside arm and look for the triangle, so Xande drives his weight forward and starts walking toward the other side. When Xande gets perpendicular to his opponent, he drops his hips to push the leg aside, and establishes side control.


Inside the University 358 - Setting Up the Crab Stance to Pass

Inside the University 358 - Setting Up the Crab Stance to Pass

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To begin this lesson on passing the guard, Xande teaches the basics of the crab stance. He begins by placing both hands on his opponent's stomach, standing up and pushing the knee to open the guard. Once the guard is open, Xande widens his stance so his knees are behind his opponent's knees, and he squats to find his base. His elbows are on the outside of his own knees, and his hands cup his opponent's thighs. Now from this crab stance, when his opponent moves, Xande moves with him, always keeping these points of connection in tact.

Inside the University 357 - Escaping the Technical Mount

Inside the University 357 - Escaping the Technical Mount

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Coming back to his first point, Saulo emphasizes the importance of keeping your elbow attached to your body and using it to block your opponent's hips, and keeping your bottom leg glued to the mat while he's mounted on you. Now when your opponent switches to technical mount and tries to put the pressure on you, bridge to bump him forward, rather than to the side. Now you can hip escape to create the space needed to replace the guard.

Inside the University 356 - Switching Your Hips when Escaping the Mount

Inside the University 356 - Switching Your Hips when Escaping the Mount

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Breaking down the mount escape further, Saulo shows the key details in switching your hips from one side to the other. His initial hip escape is generated by pushing off his top foot to back away from his opponent. After creating some space, he pushes hard off his bottom foot, and quickly swings his body so his hips are facing the other side. Now he is in position to replace his guard.

Inside the University 355 - Principles of Escaping the Mount

Inside the University 355 - Principles of Escaping the Mount

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Saulo breaks down the key points in surviving and escaping the mount. His first reaction is to get on his side and keep his elbows attached to his body. His bottom leg stays glued to the mat and his top leg keeps his foot on its side to push off the mat. In this position, he is in survival mode and safe from danger. To escape, he uses his top leg foot to push off and make a little bridge, before escaping his hips to replace the guard.

Inside the University 354 - Three Micro Movements to Replace Guard

Inside the University 354 - Three Micro Movements to Replace Guard

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Saulo breaks down the three main points of the previously shown escape when your opponent is on your side. First, his top arm stays attached to his body, and his elbow and shoulder make his shield. Second, he rolls onto his bottom elbow to sit up, rather than trying to move his arm out to make a post. Finally, he pushes off both feet to escape his hips, and then turns back to face his opponent.

Inside the University 353 - Replacing Guard after Opponent has Passed Your Legs

Inside the University 353 - Replacing Guard after Opponent has Passed Your Legs

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Saulo teaches some basic defense and guard replacement when his opponent is past his legs and looking to establish side control. His first step is to turn his hips away and frame against his opponent's biceps. He pushes off to create distance, scooting away with help from his forearm posted on the mat, and turns his hips back the other way to replace the guard.

Inside the University 352 - Takedown to Armbar

Inside the University 352 - Takedown to Armbar

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Victor Hugo , World Champion in the Purple Belt Ultra Heavyweight Division and Silver Medalist in the Open Class Division, shows a takedown to submission he used in the 2017 World Championships. First Victor makes a grip on the back of his opponent's gi and the sleeve, and then he sweeps the foot, taking him down. He passes to knee on belly right away with the X-pass and his opponent turns his back, trying to roll away. Victor grabs the arm and traps it against his body, gripping his own collar. He steps his leg over the head, and sits back to finish the armbar.

Inside the University 351 - Sit Up Single Leg Sweep from De La Riva Guard

Inside the University 351 - Sit Up Single Leg Sweep from De La Riva Guard

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Yan "Pica-Pau" Lucas, who won third place in the Black Belt Lightweight Division at the 2017 World Championship, shows a sweep he used from the De La Riva guard. While hugging his own thigh to help trap the leg, he pulls out his opponent's far lapel and steps on it. His opponent reacts by stuffing the foot, so Yan sits up to S-position and feeds the lapel to his other hand through the legs. Now he pivots and lays down to Reverse De La Riva. He brings his free leg in to shin on shin, grabs the sleeve, and pushes his opponent away with his shin. His opponent tries to defend by standing up, so Yan stands with him, and finishes the single leg takedown.

Inside the University 350 - Half Guard Pass Jumping to the Other Side

Inside the University 350 - Half Guard Pass Jumping to the Other Side

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Gustavo Diaz, who placed 2nd in the Black Belt Ultra Heavyweight Division at the 2017 World Championship, teaches a half guard pass he used at the tournament. His opponent is defending the underhook and the cross face, so Gustavo grabs the back of the pants and drops his head to the side he wants to pass. His elbow is closed, his other hand grabs the triceps and his shoulder is putting pressure on the chest. When his opponent pushes back, Gustavo lifts his knee and cuts it out of the half guard. Now his opponent reacts by trying to place the knee shield, so Gustavo hops to the other side, keeping his grips and pressure with his shoulder so he can establish side control.

Inside the University 349 - Hook Sweep from Guard Pull

Inside the University 349 - Hook Sweep from Guard Pull

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Xande is standing up with his opponent and gets the classic collar and triceps grips. He pushes his opponent a little to get the push back reaction from him, and he uses the opportunity to step to the side of the collar grip and pull guard. As he pulls, he hooks his foot behind the knee to elevate his opponent, and his other foot scissors at the ankle to sweep him. The key to this position is making sure he steps aside to pull his guard at an angle, rather than straight on.

Mario Reis Guard Series 15 - Driving Toreando Passing Drill

Mario Reis Guard Series 15 - Driving Toreando Passing Drill

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This time, Mario's opponent stays on her back with both feet up, and Mario wants to pass without engaging her guard. Keeping his distance, Mario slaps his hands on one shin and one knee, and very quickly turns his opponent like a steering wheel. He emphasizes the touch and go aspect of this drill, and does it over and over at a quick pace.