Inside the University 443 - Maximizing Results During Practice

Inside the University 443 - Maximizing Results During Practice

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Having his white belt students demonstrate the position, Saulo corrects some mistakes, and also stresses the importance of communicating with your training partners to maximize your practice. Again covering the key points of the movements, Saulo stresses to drill using proper technique rather than strength and speed. Students must work together to learn more efficiently.


Inside the University 442 - Defending Punches from the Closed Guard

Inside the University 442 - Defending Punches from the Closed Guard

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In this scenario, an attacker has gotten you to the ground and is inside your guard throwing punches. The first step is to plant both feet on the ground and turn to your side, using your knees as a shield to keep the distance between your attacker. Next plant your hand on the ground and grab the back of his head with your other hand, pulling it down as you raise your hips off the ground. Now using momentum, you can push off your opponent and stand up into base, but stay low and keep heavy pressure on him with your shoulder to limit his mobility.

Ribeiro Self Defense 6 - Avoiding Common Mistakes

Ribeiro Self Defense 6 - Avoiding Common Mistakes

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In a multiple attacker scenario, Saulo points out two very common mistakes his student makes. Rather than keeping his posture and turning out to the side, the student bent over and backed into his attacker. Both of these mistakes open him up to more danger, so one must be careful to avoid these.

Ribeiro Self Defense 5 - Reacting to Contact

Ribeiro Self Defense 5 - Reacting to Contact

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When practicing self defense, an important note is to work with different partners using different levels of intensity, starting with a more relaxed pace. This way you can focus on the technique rather than the strength, and learn how to react to different levels of strength.

Ribeiro Self Defense 4 - Guarding with Your Elbows

Ribeiro Self Defense 4 - Guarding with Your Elbows

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Still correcting mistakes, Saulo points out the importance of opening your elbows when shrugging your shoulders to escape. With his elbows out wide, he can guard his face and protect himself from strikes, while shimmying to escape the hold.

Ribeiro Self Defense 3 - Creating Space to Escape

Ribeiro Self Defense 3 - Creating Space to Escape

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Correcting common mistakes he's seen, Saulo stresses the importance of staying relaxed and focusing on the proper technique instead of using all of your strength. Especially since in these scenarios we are assuming the attacker is much stronger. Again, Saulo shows the proper technique of shrugging your shoulders and pivoting before moving your arms to create the space you need to escape the hold.

Ribeiro Self Defense 2 - Escaping when Grabbed from Behind with Arms Trapped

Ribeiro Self Defense 2 - Escaping when Grabbed from Behind with Arms Trapped

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Covering more details on the escape when grabbed from behind, Saulo emphasizes the importance of immediately shrugging your shoulders as high as you can once contact is initiated. He also pivots and turns himself to the side, but is careful not to drop his level too much, as this will open his neck up for attack. From here he shimmies his shoulders until he creates the space he needs to turn and face his attacker.

Ribeiro Self Defense 1 - Principles of Self Defense

Ribeiro Self Defense 1 - Principles of Self Defense

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When practicing self defense, Saulo emphasizes that the first rule is to assume the aggressor is always stronger. Also, focus on acting in the first second of the attack, and also control your breathing to prevent yourself from tensing up immediately. Another key point, which is a common mistake, is not to drop your level when someone grabs you from behind with your arms trapped, as this will make your neck easier to grab hold of. Instead, shrug your shoulders up and open your body to the side.

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