Inside the University 470 - Pushing Yourself Out of a Hole

Inside the University 470 - Pushing Yourself Out of a Hole

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Using the idea of pushing himself up out of a hole, Xande explains the importance of pushing at the correct angle when escaping side control or recovering guard. When he pushes off his opponent, his arms directed down from his body, not away in front. This gives him the leverage and space he needs to escape and recover.


Inside the University 469 - Anticipating Side Control

Inside the University 469 - Anticipating Side Control

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Xande emphasizes a very important point that he is not so much playing guard at this point as he is anticipating and defending side control. With that in mind, his continuous focus is on keeping his foot out wide to keep stepping and escaping his hips so he has the space to bring his elbow frame inside. It's also very important that he does not get stuck flat on his back, and he is always working from his side.

Inside the University 468 - Replacing Guard when Opponent Reaches His Arm Across

Inside the University 468 - Replacing Guard when Opponent Reaches His Arm Across

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Xande's opponent does the old school pass, and this time he gets to the side and puts his arm across Xande's body to trap him with his forearm. Xande's reaction is to flare his outside leg out as wide as he can, and do an explosive bridge and hip escape to create as much space as possible. Now he can bring his forearm in to block his opponent's hips and recover his guard. Ideally Xande will react immediately and not give his opponent time to settle in.

Inside the University 467 - Avoiding the Wrist Lock

Inside the University 467 - Avoiding the Wrist Lock

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Answering a question of whether or not he is concerned about getting wrist locked while posting his hand on the hip, Xande details how he is only pushing with his palm and not placing his whole hand underneath the hip. By keeping his hand on the outside, he is safe from the wrist lock. He also points out the importance of keeping the other hand posted on the shoulder to prevent the pass while he's pushing off to escape his hips.

Inside the University 466 - Defending the Old School Pass when Opponent Keeps His Elbow Tight

Inside the University 466 - Defending the Old School Pass when Opponent Keeps His Elbow Tight

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This time when Xande's opponent reaches under the leg, he clamps his elbow shut and Xande cannot push it off as he did previously. Instead, Xande puts his hand on the hip and walks his shoulders out until his arm is straight, and he places his other hand on the shoulder. From here he walks his free leg out a little, turns his hips inside, and repeats until he has enough space to bring his knee back in and place his feet on the hips to recover guard.

Inside the University 465 - Opening the Elbow

Inside the University 465 - Opening the Elbow

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After watching students, Xande points out some key details of the guard recovery. The first is to immediately bring your hand to the elbow as soon as your opponent swims his arm under your leg. Also, make sure it's under the elbow rather than just on the side, so you can push it up and away with better leverage. It's very important to open his elbow and not let him keep his arm clamped down on your leg.

Inside the University 464 - Defending the Old School Pass

Inside the University 464 - Defending the Old School Pass

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Xande's opponent is attempting the old school pass, with one arm under his leg and reaching to his cross lapel, looking to stack and pass. The first thing Xande does is clamp down his leg on his opponent's arm. As his opponent reaches across, Xande cups the elbow and turns his leg to the inside as he pushes and turns to his side. Now he pushes off his bottom foot to hip escape, giving him the space he needs to bring his leg back in and recover guard.

Inside the University 463 - Impose Your Will

Inside the University 463 - Impose Your Will

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Xande gives a nice wrap up speech focusing on the importance of always trying hard, especially in competition. Having perfect technique is great, but sometimes you have to bring some extra effort and force things to happen, even if the technique isn't the cleanest. Impose your will and leave everything on the mat, and you won't have regrets when the tournament is over.

Inside the University 462 - Framing and Protecting Your Space

Inside the University 462 - Framing and Protecting Your Space

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Touching on the concept of personal space, Xande explains the importance of framing and not letting your opponent's close the distance. The more he's pressuring you while on top, the more uncomfortable you will be, so create space with your hips and place your frames to keep him at a distance.

Inside the University 461 - Escaping the Half Guard Smash

Inside the University 461 - Escaping the Half Guard Smash

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Xande's opponent is on top in his half guard with the underhook and a heavy shoulder, smashing Xande. His first reaction is to kind of punch his opponent's face with his biceps as he escapes his hips and gets on his side. Now with his other arm framing at the hip, he pushes his foot off the mat to escape his hips more and pry his top knee inside, and his other leg scissors his opponent's trapped leg. From here he can work to swivel his hips square and replace his full guard.

Inside the University 460 - Three Guard Passing Options

Inside the University 460 - Three Guard Passing Options

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Having just opened the guard, and still gripping the belt and the knee, Xande now covers three options to pass right away. First, he can simply stuff the leg between his legs as he steps over it, and then step over with his other leg to get to the side. The next is basically the same pass, except he jumps both his legs over rather than stepping one at a time. Finally, he bends over and stretches his legs away, clearing space for him to step around his opponent's legs to pass.

Inside the University 459 - Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 459 - Opening the Closed Guard

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From inside his opponent's closed guard, Xande first likes to grab the belt and keep his palm pressing on the belly, with his elbows turned inside. Next he moves back just a little to feel his opponent's reaction. Now with one hand on the belly and one on the hip, he stands up and keeps his knees pointed inside. From here he moves his hand from the hip to the knee, and pushes it down to open the guard. Now he has many options to begin passing.