Steve Hargett Butterfly Guard Series 1 - Body Shape and Posture when Playing Butterfly Guard

Steve Hargett Butterfly Guard Series 1 - Body Shape and Posture when Playing Butterfly Guard

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In this series Steve Hargett shows some of the fundamentals and his favorite moves from the butterfly guard. To begin, he shows how he needs to round his body to be effective in the butterfly guard. A great drill is begin sitting with his butterfly hooks in place and pull himself to his opponent. As he moves he rounds his back and rolls onto it like a ball, bringing his knees to his shoulders and lifting his opponent in the process.


Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 11 - The Combat Hip Escape

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 11 - The Combat Hip Escape

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Xande breaks down into great detail the perfect hip escape. Some key points are that he anchors his elbow to the mat and when he escapes his hips he brings his knee to his elbow. He also limits the movement his head will make and progress backward in a straight line.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 10 - Hip Switch from Half Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 10 - Hip Switch from Half Guard

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Now Xande goes into some details on switching the hips and recovering guard when your opponent is on top with a lot of control and restricting your movement. In this case, he probably cannot use a lot of force for a big movement, so he focuses on just sneaking the knee in and switching his hips to recover.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 9 - Forward Step, Running Step Hip Switch Drill for All Defenses

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 9 - Forward Step, Running Step Hip Switch Drill for All Defenses

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Xande goes over an important drill he can apply to all defensive positions. The forward step, running step and hip switch drill is simply a way to transition between pose zero, pose one and pose two. As seen, these same positions are applicable while defending on bottom as well as attacking on top.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 8 - Maintaining Side Control when Opponent Connects his Knee and Elbow

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 8 - Maintaining Side Control when Opponent Connects his Knee and Elbow

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In this scenario, Xande is in side control pose zero, his opponent hip escapes so Xande switches to pose two, and now his opponent is able to slide his knee under. From here Xande brings his bottom thigh past the knee and walks it back to a point his can switch back to pose zero, always keeping pressure on his opponent. This may be a continuous battle.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 7 - Maintaining Side Control with Poses Zero and Two

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 7 - Maintaining Side Control with Poses Zero and Two

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Xande covers how to maintain side control using Pose Zero, which is the neutral position with both knees on the ground, and Pose Two, which is hips facing opponent's head and top leg in front. From Pose Zero, his opponent hip escapes, so Xande switches to Pose Two, and now maintains control by always keeping his hip attached to his opponent's hip.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 6 - Protecting the Inside and Framing Landmark One to Escape Side Control

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 6 - Protecting the Inside and Framing Landmark One to Escape Side Control

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With his opponent on side control, Xande first brings his arm across his ribs (Landmark One) to frame against his opponent's pressure, then protects the inside with his elbow to his hip and gets to Pose One. Now he has the leverage to push his opponent off at an angle and create space to bring his knee in and finish his escape.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 5 - Protecting the Inside to Facilitate Knee Shield Insertion

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 5 - Protecting the Inside to Facilitate Knee Shield Insertion

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Now Xande covers how to insert his knee shield and how protecting the inside helps facilitate it. From half guard he first protects the inside by bringing his elbow to his hip, inside his opponent's leg. This movement puts him on his side and gives him the leverage to push his opponent and insert his knee shield.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 4 - Elbow Escape from Mount

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 4 - Elbow Escape from Mount

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When mounted Xande's first line of defense to protect the inside is to squeeze his elbows tight to his body and crunch his abdomen, with his hands somewhat protecting his neck. This is his Landmark 1 position. Next he places one arm straight across the hips and turns to his side, straightening his inside leg. Now he can crunch his body and bring his knee up to his elbow, and begin to work his leg under his opponent's leg to escape the mount.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 3 - Protecting the Inside and Defending the Forced Half Guard

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 3 - Protecting the Inside and Defending the Forced Half Guard

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n this series Xande covers what he calls protecting the inside, which is his concept of defending from the bottom in half guard, mount, side control, etc., by wedging his elbow between his hip and his opponent. First in half guard, he shows his Landmark 2 position, which is staying on his side and bringing his elbow to his hip. Ultimately Xande will look to get to Landmark 3, which is his knee between his hip and elbow. While protecting the inside, it is crucial he stays on his side and does not allow his opponent to flatten him. After establishing Landmark 3, he can work his hip switch to recover his guard.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 2 - Understanding Landmarks One (Ribs), Two (Hips) and Three (Knees)

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 2 - Understanding Landmarks One (Ribs), Two (Hips) and Three (Knees)

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Xande explains what he calls landmarks one, two and three, which are your ribs, hips and knees, and how he applies this concept to his Jiu Jitsu. During the fight, especially while defending, he will always be either protecting his landmarks or looking to connect them. These concepts will become more clear as the lesson progresses.

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 1 - The Three Essential Jiu Jitsu Poses

Xande's Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals 1 - The Three Essential Jiu Jitsu Poses

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Xande breaks down what he considers the three most important fundamental body positions in Jiu Jitsu, which he simply refers to as Pose One, Pose Two and Pose Three. Each of these poses can be applied to any situation in Jiu Jitsu, as Xande will continue to display.