Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 7 - Thumb-In Choke from Three Quarter Mount

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 7 - Thumb-In Choke from Three Quarter Mount

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Now from the knee on body position, Rafael makes a thumb-in collar grip and drops his hips to the outside before sliding across to a three quarter mount. From here, even with his elbow on the mat, it's difficult to finish the choke with his one hand, so he grabs the head and pulls it toward the grip to finish the choke.


Inside the University 678 - Drilling the Choke

Inside the University 678 - Drilling the Choke

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From the mount, Saulo's first move is to drop his body to one side, putting his weight on his knee, opening the lapel and sliding his first grip to the neck. His knee will act as his base and his other leg will keep contact with his opponent's legs. Once his base is comfortable established, he grabs the other lapel and drops his forearm for the choke.

Inside the University 676 - Choke from the Mount

Inside the University 676 - Choke from the Mount

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From the mount, Saulo's first move is to slide his hand up the collar and get his first grip, preferably with his thumb inside. He brings his knee up to the armpit and shifts his weight to the side of his gripping arm. From here, he grabs the other lapel wherever he can and pulls it tight as he opens his other elbow to sink in the choke.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 5 - Armbar from Three Quarter Mount

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 5 - Armbar from Three Quarter Mount

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From his opponent's half guard, Eduardo pushes the knee and moves to three quarter mount position. He pins his opponent's wrist to the mat, traps the other arm with his arm and steps his free leg over the head, as he would for a monoplata. From here he sits back and adjusts his position to finish the armbar.

Inside the University 608 - Don't Lose the Momentum

Inside the University 608 - Don't Lose the Momentum

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Saulo stresses the importance of keeping a constant attack as soon as you mount. He does not try to settle in the position and wait, but instead he is looking to keep advancing toward the submission right away. He also touches on combining attacks to always keep your opponent under threat.

Inside the University 607 - Switching Sides to Attack the Other Arm

Inside the University 607 - Switching Sides to Attack the Other Arm

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Now Saulo is in S mount attacking the arm, but his opponent is able to pull it out, so immediately Saulo traps the other arm. Using his posted hand to help him, he swings his hips to face the other direction and settles on the mat ready to finish the armbar.

Inside the University 606 - Controlling the Arm

Inside the University 606 - Controlling the Arm

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From the S-mount, when Saulo is attacking the arm and throws his leg over the head, it is very important that he stays leaning at an angle and not rising up. Again, by lifting his body, he gives his opponent the space to free his arm. In the case his opponent doesn't push, and leaves his arm trapped, Saulo controls the chicken wing and works for head and arm control.

Inside the University 604 - Attacking with Your Outside Arm

Inside the University 604 - Attacking with Your Outside Arm

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After getting to his S mount position, Saulo attacks the armbar by wrapping the arm from the outside, rather than feeding his other arm from the inside. This way, he has the angle to attack the second arm if his opponent is able to pull away the first arm.

Inside the University 603 - Creating the Angle to Finish from the Mount

Inside the University 603 - Creating the Angle to Finish from the Mount

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After Saulo steps over and gets to the mount position on his opponent, he leans to the side at an angle with his hand posting on the mat, and swings his leg to an S position. With his S mount, he can put more pressure on his opponent and also has a better angle to attack the arm. If his opponent is able to defend the first arm, he has the leverage he needs to attack the second arm.

Inside the University 602 - Side Control to Mount to Armbar

Inside the University 602 - Side Control to Mount to Armbar

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From side control, Saulo keeps heavy pressure on his opponent by staying on his toes, rather than resting on his knees. He opens his hips and whips his leg over the body. He settles in this position, waiting for his opponent to push and bridge, giving Saulo the opportunity to square his hips and climb to a high mount. Now he can trap the arm and get the armbar.

Inside the University 574 - Placing Your Second Hand for the Choke

Inside the University 574 - Placing Your Second Hand for the Choke

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Now Xande has his first choking grip set and is looking to get his second. First he shifts his weight to the side and slides his hand on the mat over his opponent's head all the way to the far shoulder. He uses his forearm to pry the head away from the shoulder, giving him the space to make his lapel grip. From here he can easily place his wrist across the neck and finish his collar choke.

Inside the University 573 - Finer Details of Your Choking Grips

Inside the University 573 - Finer Details of Your Choking Grips

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When making his grip for the cross collar choke, Xande slides his hand down the lapel and grabs with his wrist staying connected to the neck. His general rule of thumb is when placing his second hand on the lapel, if he goes in palm up, the hand goes under his first, and If he goes palm down, the hand goes over the first hand.