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1Leg X Guard Sweep

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo teaches two tactical variations of the Single-Leg X-Guard Sweep against more advanced counter-play from the top: [I] If your opponent doesn't quite lose his base after you knock him down and back with a ra...
Posted: 7 days ago
Triangle Escape

4 Part Lesson — Marcelo shows his go-to defense for the Triangle Choke: [I] If you drop into a Triangle Choke from inside the Guard; immediately, put your hands together on the opponent's stomach, step up and prop up a wall with ...
Posted: 7 days ago
Guillotine Escape vs Closed Guard

3 Part Lesson — Marcelo defends the Guillotine from Closed Guard: [I] Immediately reach over top of your opponent's shoulder to prevent the High-Elbow Finish as you stack up with a tripod; begin prying off the grip from your neck...
Posted: 7 days ago
Guillotine Escape vs Half Guard

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo defends an Arm-In Guillotine from Half Guard: [I] Tripod up and grab your opponent's legs to help free your knee and foot from inside the half; you may be able to slip free with a strong push or have to cu...
Scarf Hold Escape vs Side Control → Ezekiel Choke Defense

3 Part Lesson — Marcelo warns his students about two judo submissions: [I] If your opponent switches to “Judo Side Control” aka Kesagatame, either hide your elbow or make a grip with your nearside hand; don't allow yo...
Back Step vs DLR & Berimbolo

2 Part Lesson - Marcelo passes the opponent's De La Riva through a up-right and strong back step, applying his guard passing principal of forcing Half Guard through a new perspective.
Leg Pull Escape vs Single Leg, Deep Half Guard, & Leg Attacks

3 Part Lesson - Marcelo explains the moment to retract your legs from oncoming danger.
Leg Pull Escape vs Single Leg, Deep Half Guard, & Leg Attacks

3 Part Lesson - Marcelo explains the moment to retract your legs from oncoming danger.
Posted: 13 days ago
Breaking the Closed Guard → Breaking the Open Guard

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo outlines some rules for standing or kneeling against the guard: [I] If your opponent opens his Closed Guard while you are standing to begin playing offensively from his back, hide your hips from his feet b...
Posted: 19 days ago
Kick Escape vs Closed Guard

Marcelo dials in on an overlooked aspect of breaking the Closed Guard from standing: [I] When your opponent decides to uncross his ankles and drop down into an Open Guard after you pick up his Closed Guard from the mat, immediately swi...
Posted: 20 days ago
Breaking the Closed Guard

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo avoids trouble inside the Closed Guard: [I] If your opponent manages to secure an Underhook on the arm that you prefer to press down and break open the Closed Guard from standing, drive forward towards a s...
Posted: 21 days ago
Double Belt Control → Turning Pass vs Half Guard

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo uses a questionably illegal tactic to pass: Feed your opponent's ankle into the Quarter Mount from his Open Guard and secure your hands on his belt. According to the rules of the IBJJF, placing two hands o...
Stacking Pass vs Open Guard → Shoulder Drive to North South

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo takes note of guard flexibility and passes accordingly: [I] Try running around to the opposite side when you clear your opponent's legs with a Stack Passs (Double or Single), this tactic alone may catch hi...
Stacking Pass to North South Control Run

2 Part Lesson - Marcelo uses Double Under Hooks against the opponent's guard as a control point to run North South.
Turning Escape vs. Mount & Hooks

2 Part Lesson - Marcelo explains how to escape mount, after the opponent's weight has settled. Ideally, a strong forward bridge and bump into 1Leg X-Guard would meet the opponent's hips before he's snaked and locked himself into positi...
Posted: 27 days ago
Bridging to 1Leg X-Guard vs Mount

2 Part Lesson - Use short and strong bridges underneath the opponent's Mount to create the space necessary to wedge your first knee inside.
Posted: 28 days ago
Bridge & Side Control vs. Kimura & Armbar

2 Part Lesson - Marcelo instructs how to escape Side Control against an opponent's oncoming Kimura or Armbar through a series of supporting holds and bridges.
Posted: 30 days ago
North South Escape

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo escapes and counters the North/South Position: [I] If you are trapped underneath with an Over/Under Control, place your free arm on the hip of the same side as your arm caught in the (Reverse) Overhook, an...
Back Step Pass vs De La Riva Guard

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo back-steps out of De la Riva: [I] If your opponent's DLR-Hook can be pressed low with your knee toward the outside, you may have enough clearance to simply cross through for a Double Knee Slide Pass. Howev...
Breaking The Closed Guard → Double Knee vs Open Guard

Marcelo nullifies the Spider Guard after breaking the Closed Guard: [I] Use the opponent's gi to pull yourself close in a crouch in toward the opponent with your knee defending the recomposition of the Closed Guard. Keep your shoulders...
Knee Slide Pass vs Butterfly

3 Part Lesson — Marcelo opts for “Skipping” passed the guard in Nogi: [I] Slowly passing with pressure starting on the legs can prove tediously difficult against a game opponent; they will oftentimes frame and hip esc...
Kimura Grip Seatbelt from Back

3 Part Lesson — Marcelo exposes the neck despite a tucked chin: [I] On the Strong-Side, trap the opponent's top arm under your leg and pull his head back like a PEZ dispenser to lock on the Straight-Choke. [II] If on the Weak-Sid...
Seat Belt from Single Leg Counter

2 Part Lesson - As the opponent re-stands against the Single Leg Takedown, jump and stick to his back, clamping the Seat Belt.
Posted: 40 days ago
Bow and Arrow Choke from Back

2 Part Lesson - Marcelo instructs the fundamentals of his favorite Gi Choke, the Bow and Arrow Choke from the Back.
Posted: 41 days ago
Hand & Grip Fighting vs Back Escape

2 Part Lesson - Marcelo explains his approach to fighting the opponent's grips and hands, directing himself towards the Seat Belt and Collar Chokes.
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Stacking Pass vs Open Guard, Taking the Back from Front Headlock
Breaking Gi Grips from Standing → Over Under Reversal from Sprawl vs Takedown → Taking the Back from Front Headlock

3 Part Lesson — Marcelo reverses a takedown attempt: [I] Avoid letting your opponent set ...
267 days ago
Leg Pull Escape vs 50/50 Entry

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo avoids leg attacks before, and after, breaking open the Closed Gu...
104 days ago
Jumping Closed Guard
306 days ago
Bridge Escape from Half Guard
231 days ago

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