Ultimate X-Guard Instructional by Sebastian Rodriguez

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Sebastian Rodriguez‘s Ultimate X-Guard Instructional

Description of Instructional:

X-Guard is one of the most high-percentage positions to secure sweeps in No-Gi jiu jitsu. Sebastian teaches the fundamental concepts of X-Guard – more specifically ‘Short X Guard’.  Rodriguez covers important positional ideas to maximize the effectiveness of the X-Guard position.

Not only does Sebastian Cover positional details, he also includes drills that will help you improve, outlines common scenarios on opponent reactions, and how to chain these positions together to find yourself more options to get submissions and back takes.

This Instructional is a wonderful addition to your arsenal for both no-gi grappling and mixed martial arts. Don’t miss Sebastian Rodriguez’s highly effective take on the X-Guard position!

Overview of Instructional Chapters:

  • Fundamental Position of X-Guard
  • Drills to Retain Position
  • Entries
  • Sweeps
  • Back Takes
  • Opponent Reactions
  • Leg Locks
  • and much more!

Instructor Bio:

Sebastian Rodriguez, a Costa Rican professional grappler, is a force to be reckoned with in the global circuit of jiu-jitsu. He is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Murilo Santana and proudly represents the Unity Jiu-Jitsu team.

Rodriguez gained recognition in the jiu-jitsu community with his impressive performances as a colored belt in major tournaments organized by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF).

Notably, he clinched the championship titles in the Pan Championships (Gi & No-Gi), American Nationals (Gi & No-Gi), Brazilian Nationals (No-Gi), and European Open (No-Gi). In 2022, Sebastian was able to capture gold in IBJJF Pan Championships (Gi) and the IBJJF World Championships (No-Gi).

In Sebastian’s first Instructional on Athletes Ocean, he will explain the fundamental concepts of the X-Guard position.

This position is very common and very important if you want to become a successful no-gi grappler. There are many concepts that overlap with mixed martial arts, as well. Don’t wait – buy Sebastian’s instructional today!



  • 1st Place IBJJF World Champion NOGI (2022 black)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2022 black)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NOGI (2019 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2021 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2021 absolute brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2021 absolute brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2019 purple)
  • 1st Place ACB World Championship (2019 purple)
  • 2nd Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2019 purple, 2021 brown)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2019 absolute purple)

Training out of:

  • Unity Jiu Jitsu
  • New York City, New York

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Approximate Length of Instructional: 

  • 54 Minutes

Suggested Skill/Experience Level:

  • All Skill Levels

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Course Content

X-Guard Fundamentals

  • 00:19
  • Setting Up X-Guard, Fundamentals
  • Setting up X-Guard – Lazy Crab Position
  • Keeping De la Riva, Sweeps vs Back Takes
  • Tripod Sweep
  • X-Guard Entry
  • Maintaining X-Guard, Controls
  • Hip Positioning, Drill
  • Scenario 1 – Opponent’s Weight on Both Hands
  • Scenario 2 – Opponent’s Weight Shifts Back
  • Chaining X-Guard to Sweep to Knee Bar
  • 04:09
  • X-Guard to Sweep to Back Take
  • X-Guard Alternative Entry + Sweep
  • X-Guard to Back Take Version 2
  • X-Guard to Back Take Version 3
  • Conclusion

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