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 876 - Applying Pressure while Holding the Arm

Inside the University 876 - Applying Pressure while Holding the Arm

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Whether you're looking for the Kimura, straight armbar, choke or whatever else, Saulo stresses the importance of dropping your weight and keeping very heavy pressure on your opponent after spinning to the top and trapping the arm. After establishing your pressure from here, you will be able to find the opening you're looking for.

Inside the University 875 - Armlock from Superhold

Inside the University 875 - Armlock from Superhold

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Now instead of going to the mount from the superhold, Saulo looks to submit with an armlock. With a strong grip on his opponent's triceps, Saulo pulls him on his side and spins to the top, where he drops his weight heavy on his opponent. From here he has the option to attack a Kimura, or to continue his spin to the other side and attack the straight armbar.

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 825 - Replacing Guard from Side Control

Inside the University 825 - Replacing Guard from Side Control

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Now Professor Rene shows how you can use the same guard recovery technique as before when your opponent has side control on you. As his opponent brings his arm over Rene's head, he pushes the arm away, and scoots back to recover his guard, just as he did before.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 2 - Cross Collar Choke Variation

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 2 - Cross Collar Choke Variation

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After slicing his knee through to pass the guard, Rafael allows his opponent to turn to his side. He keeps his forearm to the chest and drops his shoulder on his body to keep pressure. His free hand reaches down the back to grab the belt, and with these grips, he drops his hip to the mat and steps his leg over, almost to mount. He can squeeze here and finish the choke, similar to a loop choke and a guillotine.

Inside the University 774 - Wrist Lock from Side Control

Inside the University 774 - Wrist Lock from Side Control

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Now having passed the guard, Professor Nick shows one of his favorite submissions, a wrist lock from side control. When his opponent puts his hand on Nick's shoulder to push him, Nick first traps the hand to his shoulder with his chin. He places both hands on the triceps and simply pulls in and drops pressure with his chest to finish the wrist lock.

Inside the University 759 - Triangle Set Up from Side Control when Opponent Won't Come to the Top

Inside the University 759 - Triangle Set Up from Side Control when Opponent Won't Come to the Top

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Again from side control, Rene wants the triangle but his opponent knows and won't come to the top. Now Rene lifts his opponent's head off the mat with his arm, and steps over, already placing his leg in position under the head. He can continue to roll to his side where he can finish the choke.

Inside the University 758 - Triangle Set Up from Side Control

Inside the University 758 - Triangle Set Up from Side Control

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Professor Rene shows a triangle choke set up from side control, where he first pulls his opponent's arm up to place his thigh under, and sits back on his own ankle. After reaching under the head to grab the armpit, and trapping the wrist with his other hand, Rene lays back, and as his opponent comes to the top he shoves the arm inside and bites down with his triangle.

Inside the University 741 - Protect Yourself and Recover Your Guard

Inside the University 741 - Protect Yourself and Recover Your 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 740 - Placing Your Hands Under Your Body

Inside the University 740 - Placing Your Hands Under Your Body

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Now Saulo points out that your hands should stay under your body when turning belly down. Many times people will reach for the legs and get stuck because of this. If you are reaching for the legs, it should be in effort to take your opponent down. However, in this case, we are looking to recover guard, so he keeps his hands near his body for protection.

Inside the University 739 - Turning Belly Down

Inside the University 739 - 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.