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 877 - The Importance of Partial Training

Inside the University 877 - The Importance of Partial Training

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Now Sensei Saulo addresses a common question regarding the difference between drilling and partial training. His preference to sharpen technique in a practical situation is to practice partial training. In this case, Saulo begins with the superhold and looks to submit, while his partner looks to recover his guard.

Inside the University 874 - Fundamentals of the Superhold Grip

Inside the University 874 - Fundamentals of the Superhold Grip

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Sensei Saulo breaks down the superhold grip from side control, where he is controlling under the head and arm. His first objective is to not let his opponent get any frames on him, and then to keep his hip pressuring his opponent's hip. Now he can bring his hand from under the head to make a collar grip across the neck, and drop his head forward. From here he can slide his knee across to the mount.

Inside the University 690 - Mounting from the Half Guard

Inside the University 690 - Mounting from the Half Guard

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From inside his opponent's half guard, Xande has his chest on the chest, one arm deep under the head pulling himself tight, and his other hand is posted on the mat close to his opponent's hip. He turns his hips to face his opponent, brings his knee up and connects his elbow to his knee. Keeping his connection, Xande brings his knee across the body and to the mat, and pushes his opponent's knee to free his leg even more into a three quarter mount. From here he gets an underhook, grabs the super hold and shoes two ways he can free his leg to get full mount.

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.

Xande's Dominant Control Series Highlight

Xande's Dominant Control Series Highlight

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If you haven't already, make sure to go back and watch Xande's Dominant Control Series. Learn the leverage and techniques that have led Xande to winning 7 World Championship Titles as a Black Belt.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 14 - Switching Sides when Opponent Turns on His Side

Xande's Dominant Control Series 14 - Switching Sides when Opponent Turns on His Side

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In this technique, Xande shows how to transition from side to side when you can't keep your opponent flat and he turns to his side. From hip to hip control, Xande posts his hand on the mat and steps his leg over the head. Next he rotates his upper body to place his other arm in front of his opponent's body, and he takes a big long step backward, ending up behind the back. Now he looks to grab the collar and pull his opponent flat as he reestablishes hip to hip control.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 11 - Opening the Elbow to Help Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 11 - Opening the Elbow to Help Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

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Starting from hip to shoulder control, Xande walks over the head to the other side, using his elbow to open his opponent's arm as he goes. Once on the other side, he gets a hip to shoulder control and his arm is going down the back, completely trapping the his opponent's far arm. Now he can easily step over to mount since his opponent cannot defend on the far side.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 9 - Blocking the Legs when Transitioning to Mount

Xande's Dominant Control Series 9 - Blocking the Legs when Transitioning to Mount

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Again from hip to shoulder control, Xande is looking to mount but his opponent is keeping his legs up ready to block him. Xande uses his forearm to create a frame across the thighs and cups the far leg. From here he pulls the legs as he slides his knee across the body, trapping both legs between his foot and hand. Now he can bring his leg all the way over and establish the mount.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 8 - Transition to Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 8 - Transition to Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

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When looking to mount from hip to shoulder control, Xande must make sure that he opens his opponent's inside elbow before stepping over. He does this by bringing his hip forward and underneath the armpit, and then walking the arm back. Then he brings his knee to the hip and is ready to step over to mount. If he does not clear the arm first, his opponent will likely be able to frame and recover guard.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 7 - Timing Your Power Knee Slide to Mount

Xande's Dominant Control Series 7 - Timing Your Power Knee Slide to Mount

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In the previous video, Xande showed the best case scenario of the power knee slide, but now is a little more practical against a good opponent who is keeping his elbow tight to his body. So now Xande places his knee on the outside of the arm and turns the head by closing his far elbow and applying shoulder pressure. Next he brings his knee across the body at an upward angle, and opens the far elbow with his shoulder. This gives him the space he needs to bring his leg all the way over to mount.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 6 - Power Knee Slide to Mount

Xande's Dominant Control Series 6 - Power Knee Slide to Mount

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Starting in side control with his super hold grip, Xande uses his knees to open his opponent's arm and bring his knee under the armpit. He puts heavy shoulder pressure on the head and opens his far elbow to widen his base. Now he slides his knee from the hip onto the belly, and then slides it across the body til it hits the mat and his body is on top of his opponent. Before bring his lower leg across, he opens his elbow and sort of sprawls his leg down til his hip is almost on the mat, and now he can slam his foot on the ground and establish mount without getting caught in the three quarter mount.

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