Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 6 - Combat Mobility Combinations

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 6 - Combat Mobility Combinations

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Now Xande puts all these mobility drills together, combining them anyway that feels natural to mimic the movements he would make in a fight. This is a fun and useful way to practice your mobility for grappling.


Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 5 - Forward Stepping to Your Knees

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 5 - Forward Stepping to Your Knees

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Xande starts this movement from his side, imagining a situation where his opponent is attacking his back. Now he uses his forward step to get away and turns to turtle. From here he can fadeway and get to his back to recover his guard.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 4 - Hip Switch to All Fours

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 4 - Hip Switch to All Fours

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Building on top of the previous movements, Xande now shows a combination using a few different steps and a hip switch to the other side when he bridges, before bringing his leg underneath to get to all fours. Then he can fade away back to a supine position and redo the drill.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 3 - Bridge to All Fours

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 3 - Bridge to All Fours

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This movement is one to use when someone is on your back and you want to turn in and face them. Xande begins on his back and bridges his hips before taking a couple steps and turning to his side. Now he brings his leg underneath and turns to all fours.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 2 - Activating Your Pedal Leg

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 2 - Activating Your Pedal Leg

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Having sat back with the fade away, Xande's focus now is activating his pedal or bottom leg. He can bring back and get to his knee for hero pose or warrior stance, or even to a technical stand up. He can also bring it forward to sit down and pull guard. This drill will help you practice moving back and forth with your pedal leg.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 1 - Fade Away from Turtle

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 1 - Fade Away from Turtle

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This series will cover Xande's favorite ways to defend from the turtle position and when your opponent has your back with one hook. He begins with some mobility drills that will translate into all of his escapes. First is the fade away, which he goes from turtle to s position, sometimes tying them together with the hero pose. His whole idea is to get to a safe seated position.

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 884 - Mobility Side Roll Warm Up Drill

Inside the University 884 - Mobility Side Roll Warm Up Drill

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To warm up, Xande introduces a mobility drill where he continually rolls over his side. He first leads with his hips, then follows with his torso, while keeping his feet connected to the floor at all times.

Inside the University 878 - Kick the Door Warm Up

Inside the University 878 - Kick the Door Warm Up

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To begin this week's lesson on knee on the belly, Sensei Saulo warms up the class with the Kick the Door movement from the tiger routine. During the lesson, he will show how this movement can be applied to protecting yourself while trying to escape the knee on belly.

Inside the University 873 - Warming Up with the Whip

Inside the University 873 - Warming Up with the Whip

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To kick off the first BJJ Library class of the new year, Sensei Saulo begins with a warm up lesson on the whip. The whip is part of the Ribeiro Tiger Routine, and offers some fundamental movements to help you flow through your overall Jiu Jitsu game.

Inside the University 846 - Connecting Your Hip Movements

Inside the University 846 - Connecting Your Hip Movements

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Xande finishes the lesson by tying together all of his new hip mobility drills, and showing how they apply in a practical situation. He can use these movement principles in all of his Jiu Jitsu.

Inside the University 842 - Rolling Belly Down Step by Step

Inside the University 842 - Rolling Belly Down Step by Step

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Now that we have the basic movements down, Xande shows how to use them to roll belly down and back to his original base. He also shows how these movements are applied in a practical situation.