Inside the University 551 - Helio Gracie Choke Exercise

Inside the University 551 - Helio Gracie Choke Exercise

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To set himself in position for the Helio Gracie choke exercise, Saulo first falls backward, extending his legs when he hits the mat in order to stop himself from rolling backward. Now with his knees bent and his legs in front, he reaches up with his arms for the imaginary cross collars, and simultaneously uses his hips to bring his legs to his core.


Inside the University 550 - Hindu Squats for Jiu Jitsu

Inside the University 550 - Hindu Squats for Jiu Jitsu

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Now Saulo breaks down the importance of squatting for Jiu Jitsu. Of course it will strengthen your legs and build toughness, but his focus on the squat is because of it's practical use in Jiu Jitsu. A fundamental position in Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu is headquarters, which is maintaining a squat while fighting your opponent from his open guard. Also, it is key to practice good form in order to keep your strong position when you tire in the fight.

Inside the University 548 - Hindu Push-Ups for Jiu Jitsu

Inside the University 548 - Hindu Push-Ups for Jiu Jitsu

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Before having his students do Hindu push-ups for one minute, Saulo explains his theory behind not only the exercise, but the mental strength to keep going when you want to quit. The first thing on form he teaches is to keep your elbows in, just as you would in training. Also, he stresses the importance of setting a good rhythm, always paying attention to your breath, and to stay mentally tough.

Inside the University 541 - Backward Break Falling

Inside the University 541 - Backward Break Falling

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Showing some finer points of a backward break fall, Saulo emphasizes not to let your momentum keep you rolling back so your hips raise off the mat. Instead stop with your hips down and your legs in front to protect you. Also, keep your feet pointed out rather than up.

Inside the University 540 - Self Protection and Breakdown of Recovering Guard

Inside the University 540 - Self Protection and Breakdown of Recovering Guard

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Breaking down the steps of recovering guard, Saulo shows the necessary movements to first protect yourself, and then look to recover guard. His main concern is always to protect himself, which is why he keeps his hands close, and doesn't overextend to reach for his opponent.

Inside the University 538 - Avoiding Turtle when Turning Belly Down

Inside the University 538 - Avoiding Turtle when Turning Belly Down

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Tying all his movements together, Saulo shows how to avoid getting stuck in turtle when turning belly down. After escaping his hips and bringing his bottom leg through, he doesn't hang out on his knees, allowing his opponent to set up attacks. Instead he brings his other leg to S position and falls back, where he can reset his guard.

Inside the University 534 - 45 Degree Hip Escape

Inside the University 534 - 45 Degree Hip Escape

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Now progressing to defense when your opponent is already going around your legs, Saulo discusses the concept of the 45 degree hip escape. Where many people fully extend themselves to a 90 degree hip escape, Saulo points out the flaw in this and shows how just going 45 opens up many more options to bridge, recover, turn belly down and so on.

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 2 - Advanced Warm Ups

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 2 - Advanced Warm Ups

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Continuing his evolution of movement, Rafael shows a few more warm up drills he's been using since starting his MMA career. These are a little more advanced, but should be accessible for all levels. The drills are great to perform on their own, but can also be combined and interlaced with many other drills to keep a good fluid series of movement going.

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 1 - Introduction and Warm Up

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 1 - Introduction and Warm Up

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In this series, Rafael Lovato Jr., the most decorated American Jiu Jitsu competitor to date, teaches some of the techniques he's been refining over the last several years. As of late, his focus has been on his MMA career, forcing him to adapt his Jiu Jitsu game to a style he can use in the cage as well. One of the main things he's been working on is his mobility, so he kicks off his seminar with a few warm up exercises to improve agility and flexibility.

Inside the University 497 - One Legged Hip Escape Drill

Inside the University 497 - One Legged Hip Escape Drill

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Starting from a shrimp position with the side of one leg and his elbow on the mat, Xande keeps his elbows to his stomach and his other leg off the mat. Pushing off his bottom leg, he takes small steps to move his body and rotate his hips to the other side. First he practices with about 5 steps to completion, and he can also do the entire movement in one fast step. This is a good drill to practice on your own, but can also be done with a partner on top.

Leticia Ribeiro Series 2 - Self Defense Technical Stand Up when Attacker is in Your Guard

Leticia Ribeiro Series 2 - Self Defense Technical Stand Up when Attacker is in Your Guard

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Leticia combines two of the most basic and important movements in Jiu-Jitsu, the hip escape and technical stand up, and uses them in a self defense situation common for women in particular. Her attacker is in her guard and choking her. Leticia first creates space by posting her feet on the mat and escaping her hips until she can place her feet on her opponent's hips. She pushes away some more and sits up, posting on her elbow. She places her opposite foot on the mat and pushes off the hip with her other foot, to stand up into base, protecting her face with her free arm. Finally, she runs away to escape her attacker.

Inside The University 278 - Defensive Half Guard Movement Drills

Inside The University 278 - Defensive Half Guard Movement Drills

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Xande shows some specific movement drills to help your defensive half guard game. He covers in depth, the shoulder escape and the technical standup using your elbow. These are the basic movements used in his upcoming defensive half guard lesson.

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