Inside the University 900 - Bridge Mount Escape

Inside the University 900 - Bridge Mount Escape

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To finish the class, Saulo goes over the most basic mount escape, the bridge or upa. Since it is fairly simple to shutdown the bridge escape, it is commonly used as a last resort when your opponent has his choking grips at your neck. This is the time you are more likely to roll him, as he will not be able to post with his hands at your neck.


Inside the University 899 - Escape from Technical Mount

Inside the University 899 - Escape from Technical Mount

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Often when you make your first defensive position while mounted, your opponent will switch to a technical mount. Saulo breaks down the necessary movement, and shows a mobility drill to practice in order to escape the technical mount.

Inside the University 898 - Staying Calm and Timing Your Escape

Inside the University 898 - Staying Calm and Timing Your Escape

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Saulo discusses the importance of relaxing and staying calm when your opponent has you mounted. After he is able to bring his knee under his opponent's leg, then he is ready to explode to the other side and escape the mount.

Inside the University 897 - Connecting the Movements to Escape Mount

Inside the University 897 - Connecting the Movements to Escape Mount

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Having practiced the kick the door exercise, Saulo now incorporates this movement into the mount escape, and fine tunes the bridge movement that follows. He touches on the timing and coordination of the movements to smoothly escape the mount.

Inside the University 896 - Mobility Drill to Help Your Mount Escape

Inside the University 896 - Mobility Drill to Help Your Mount Escape

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To emphasize how to bring your leg up and crunch your body when escaping the mount, Saulo shows the kick the door mobility drill from the tiger routine. This drill done properly is the same movement he is looking for when bringing his leg underneath his opponent's leg.

Inside the University 895 - Mount Escape

Inside the University 895 - Mount Escape

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The first lesson to escape the mount is to not get caught flat on your back. This is why Saulo is already turning to his side as soon as he knows his opponent is going for the mount. He keeps his frames in place on the hip and when he has the opportunity, he crunches his body to bring his knee under the leg. Now he can bridge and begin to recover his guard.

Inside the University 894 - Redirecting Your Opponent

Inside the University 894 - Redirecting Your Opponent

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Answering a student's question, Xande breaks down the importance of redirecting his opponent's force to create angles that allow him to make space and gain leverage to recover his guard.

Inside the University 893 - When to Prop Your Forearm to Recover Guard

Inside the University 893 - When to Prop Your Forearm to Recover Guard

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Xande explains when and how to prop yourself up on your forearm while your opponent is trying to keep pressure on you and pass your guard. He also explains the importance of using your prop to create distance and leverage so you can recover your guard.

Inside the University 892 - How to Choose the Strongest Grip

Inside the University 892 - How to Choose the Strongest Grip

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Xande goes over a few different ways to clasp your hands together, and explains the strengths and weaknesses of each one.

Inside the University 891 - Recovering Guard from the Superhold

Inside the University 891 - Recovering Guard from the Superhold

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Now Xande goes over how he uses these movement principles to recover his guard when his opponent has a superhold grip on him. First he bumps to create space so he can insert his shield, which he uses to push off and extend his body so he can insert his frame. Next he likes to bring in his pedal and look to recover guard or go right into setting up some attacks.

Inside the University 890 - The Difference Between Exercise and Technique

Inside the University 890 - The Difference Between Exercise and Technique

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Xande explains to some newer students the difference between drilling an exercise and drilling a technique. In this case, he saw some of the white belts rolling to their bellies like they did during the warm up drill, and explains how the rolling is practice to get the movement down but not to be used in a practical situation.

Inside the University 889 - Creating Space and Leverage by Rotating Your Body

Inside the University 889 - Creating Space and Leverage by Rotating Your Body

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Going back to the side roll mobility warmup drill from last week, Xande shows one way he applies that movement into his Jiu Jitsu, in this case from his knee shield guard. After placing his shield and pushing off with it, he not only extends his upper body, but rotates it as he did in the rolling drill. This gives him the space and leverage he needs to prop himself up on his elbow and recover to a better position. The scissoring of the legs and rotation of the body are the keys to this movement.