Inside the University 942 - Keeping Your Hand in the Pocket

Inside the University 942 - Keeping Your Hand in the Pocket

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Saulo breaks down some micro details on keeping your arm diagonal by placing your hand in your pocket. This is an important step as it allows you the leverage to block and recover.


Inside the University 941 - Frustrating the Predator

Inside the University 941 - Frustrating the Predator

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Saulo gives some important words of wisdom about staying calm, blocking the mount and frustrating your opponent while he is on the attack. By keeping your defense strong and not giving him the opportunity to advance, he is bound to get frustrated and make a mistake, which gives you a chance to capitalize.

Inside the University 940 - Creating Separation to Gain Leverage

Inside the University 940 - Creating Separation to Gain Leverage

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Saulo goes over the finer points of creating separation by extending your body away from your opponent, or becoming elegant. This space gives him the leverage he needs to explode his knee up to escape. Also, it is very important he breathes as he moves. If he holds his breath, it will hinder his movement and make him tense.

Inside the University 939 - Solo Drill to Escape Mount and Recover Guard

Inside the University 939 - Solo Drill to Escape Mount and Recover Guard

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Now Saulo goes over a drill to do on your own that covers the entire movement of escaping the mount and recovering your guard. This drill puts all the movements together, and you should make a point to focus on doing a proper block at the beginning, as it is the key to the entire escape.

Inside the University 938 - Freeing Your Knee and Escaping Your Hips

Inside the University 938 - Freeing Your Knee and Escaping Your Hips

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Saulo goes over the finer points of escaping mount after you have successfully blocked the hips. He first extends his body away and then explosively brings his knee to his body to free it. Now he can escape the hips, rolling from shoulder to shoulder to change direction and recover guard.

Inside the University 937 - Keeping Your Elbows Attached to Your Body

Inside the University 937 - Keeping Your Elbows Attached to Your Body

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Now Saulo shows the importance of keeping your elbows tucked in and attached to your body when mounted. If your elbows are away, it's easy for your opponent to wrap them up for better leverage and attacks. He also stresses to move with your torso, not your arms.

Inside the University 936 - Blocking the Mount

Inside the University 936 - Blocking the Mount

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Using the exact same movement as the solo drill, Saulo shows how to block the mount in a real situation. The key here is to react immediately when your opponent goes to take mount. If you wait until he has mounted you already, you are too late.

Inside the University 935 - Solo Drill to Block the Mount

Inside the University 935 - Solo Drill to Block the Mount

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In this class Saulo focuses on not just escaping, but defending the mount. The key is to block the mount as soon as you feel your opponent going for it. A simple drill to practice is falling to your side, bringing your top hand across to the pocket, keeping your elbows tucked to your body. Make sure to breathe to help your mobility.

Xande Webinar 2 - Escaping the Mount

Xande Webinar 2 - Escaping the Mount

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Answering a question on escaping the mount, Xande begins by showing a movement from Budokon Mobility, which is a forward sweep of his foot. After his initial hip escape to get on his side, he uses the foot sweep to position himself where he can lift his hips off the mat to get his guard back.

Xande Webinar 2 - Escaping the Mount (Portuguese)

Xande Webinar 2 - Escaping the Mount (Portuguese)

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Answering a question on escaping the mount, Xande begins by showing a movement from Budokon Mobility, which is a forward sweep of his foot. After his initial hip escape to get on his side, he uses the foot sweep to position himself where he can lift his hips off the mat to get his guard back.

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.