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Breaking Grips vs Spider Guard

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo breaks the Spider Guard: [I] First, find your base and keep your balance on your feet; do not sit back on your heels or lean forward onto your toes, but do not stay flat on your feet. Make counter-grips an...
Inside Knee Control vs Spider Guard → Breaking Grips vs Spider Guard

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo defends against Spider Guard: [I] After using your knee to bump and clear your opponent's foot from off of your biceps, place either knee inside to prevent a transition to the Triangle. Fight to win a grip...
Deep Half Guard vs Half Guard & Turning Pass

2 Part Lesson - Marcelo uses Deep Half Guard to deflect and escape the opponent's turning pressure from Half Guard.
Knee Slide vs Deep Half Guard & Single Leg

2 Part Lesson - Pull the opponent's sleeve and push his shoulder down to pin and square his upper body to the mat, while driving your knee through. Sit down and unlatch his Half Guard with your free leg and force Knee on Belly immediat...
Posted: 166 days ago
Standing to Break Closed Guard & Protecting Your Legs

3 Part Lesson - Marcelo explains how to protect your legs and base when standing to break open your opponent's Closed Guard.
Posted: 166 days ago
Standing to Break Closed Guard, Kick Escape or Bicep Step

2 Part Lesson - As you stand, dig with your dominant arm under the opponent's legs to break open his Closed Guard. If you are right handed, your left leg will be in front to either step on the opponent's bicep or kick out to escape his...
Posted: 166 days ago
Cross Arm Trap & Picking Up The Opponent from Closed Guard

2 Part Lesson - If the opponent swims under for your far leg as you stand, entrap his arm and stand to break open his Closed Guard. In addition, you can prevent the opponent from grabbing your legs by pulling his upper body up with you...
Posted: 166 days ago
Reverse Hook Sweep vs Back Body Lock → Hip Roll Escape vs Back Body Lock

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo recovers out of a Back Bodylock: [I] If your opponent captures your hips, perhaps after you turn around to kick free from a Single, place importance on preventing two things: 1. Avoid a potential Suplex; d...
Guillotine from Front Headlock → Taking the Back from Front Headlock

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo snaps on a Guillotine: [I] Tap the back of your opponent's head down as you leap up and ensnare it with your other arm into a Guillotine Choke. If he defends by inserting his hands in between his neck and ...
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 a grip on your collar; try smacking it away before he can harden his fist. If he does set the grip, back pedal and use two hands to yank his...
Sprawl vs Takedown → Single Leg Counter → Over Under from Standing

3 Part Lesson — Marcelo handles an aggressive wrestler: [I] If your opponent disengages from hand-fighting to take a shot onto your legs, post against his shoulders and raise your knee up to your chest to slip your leg free. [II]...
Guard Recovery vs Guard Passing

2 Part Lesson - Marcelo holds guard by determining and owning the inside space. As the opponent collides with you to pass, retract and coil yourself to generate the space to spring your body into a structure position that halts his onc...
Posted: 138 days ago
Mat Return & Reverse Hook Sweep vs Back Body Lock

3 Part Lesson - Marcelo safely returns back to the mat and maneuvers his body to reverse his opponent's Back Body Lock with a Hook Sweep.
Posted: 139 days ago
Folding Pass vs Butterfly → Underhook & Head Control vs Half Guard

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo remarks on friction and technique in Nogi: [I] Dry your hands on your shorts before attempting a lock around your opponent; any help you can get by removing sweat from your hands will go a long way toward ...
Knee Slide Pass → Leg Over to Back Step Pass

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo exploits the reduced friction of nogi: [I] Deprive your opponent of any control when standing above his Open Guard and thrust your knee across his leg, slipping through his defenses and landing heavily on ...
Sweeping from X-Guard

3 Part Lesson — Marcelo explains a subtle yet important aspect about sweeping from X-Guard against defensive opponents: [I] If your opponent is cautiously awaiting for your attack to happen so he or she may better time a neutrali...
2on1 Control from Butterfly → Ankle Pick → 1Leg X Guard Entry from Ankle Pick

3 Part Lesson — Marcelo creates openings despite sweaty, humid conditions: [I] Control your opponent's wrist with both hands or initiate 2on1 Control, dominating his wrist and triceps; yank his arm toward you to make him react st...
Retention vs Back Step

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo adjusts his X-Guard for long and/or flexible opponents: [I] If you are complacent with your superior positioning, you may be caught off guard if your opponent bursts out of your hooks in X-Guard. Do your b...
Posted: 131 days ago
Inverted Armbar

2 Part Lesson - Use a Hook Lift to force the opponent into touching his left hand on the mat. With the opponent's hand near your head, swing with precision before his hand settles into the mat.
Inverted Armbar & Armbar vs Rolling Escape

3 Part Lesson - Continue holding the opponent's arm and control his elbow as he rolls through to escape your Inverted Armbar. With precise control, the opponent lands into the tradition Armbar.
Inverted Armbar & Hook Sweep

2 Part Lesson - As the opponent rotates his arm inward to defend your Inverted Armbar, connect another appropriate control to continue clinging onto his upper body.
Step Over Triangle to Spiral Armbar

2 Part Lesson - Utilize the Under Hook to step over and maneuver your legs into a Triangle. However, the opponent can obstruct your legs from being closed, which opens a different angle of attack, the Spiral Armbar.
Step Over Triangle

3 Part Lesson - Isolate the opponent's far arm using an Under Hook to step over and maneuver your legs into a Triangle. However, the opponent can obstruct your leg from stepping over, so navigate your knee inside to pin his post.
Posted: 123 days ago
2on1 Control Knee Slide Pass

3 Part Lesson — Marcelo teaches useful variations of the Knee-Cut/Cross/Slide/Slice Pass: [I] Push your opponent's back flat on the mat with 2on1 Control or gain the 2on1 after you push his Butterfly Guard. Drive your knee inside...
Far Side Armbar → Spiral Armbar → Omoplata

2 Part Lesson — Marcelo purposefully mixes up two different arm attacks to confuse his opponent: [I] Instead of spinning around the opponent with an Underhook for the Farside Armbar, step over into Mount for the Spiral Armbar; le...
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Frame Escape vs Underhook and Head Control, Foot Wipe Escape vs Side Control, Sit Up Escape

2 Part Lesson - The opponent collapses your posts and lands into Side Control. Create a frame t...
1545 days ago
Over Under Pass vs Spider Guard
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Tune Up the Position

2 Part Lesson - Marcelo "tunes" up his favorite moves through subtle adjustments to maintain co...
327 days ago
Hook Sweep vs Body Lock from Turtle → Back Escape
Half Guard to Mount
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