Inside the University 526 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Legs

Inside the University 526 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Legs

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Covering several possibilities you could encounter while trying to pass the open guard, Saulo shows some different reactions you should train yourself for. If his opponent sits up with his feet on the ground, he doesn't worry about the legs, but just controls the shoulder. When he does engage the legs, Saulo will either knee slice to the inside, or sprawl and smash to the outside.


Inside the University 525 - Establishing Headquarters

Inside the University 525 - Establishing Headquarters

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Focusing on the beginning of the pass, Saulo breaks down establishing a solid base in headquarters. Once he slaps the legs and steps inside, he keeps his feet flat on the ground and squats low, sitting on the foot. Here he can sway side to side in a comfortable stance, and not telegraph to his opponent which side he wants to pass.

Inside the University 524 - Passing from Headquarters

Inside the University 524 - Passing from Headquarters

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Now from the top, Saulo slaps the shins to the side as he steps in to his headquarters position, squatting with one of his oppoent's legs between his. He keeps a low base and stays agile, ready to move to either side. Now if his opponent turns to the inside, he puts his hand on the shoulder to stop him and passes with the knee slice. If his opponent turns to the outside, he drops his weight to smash pass.

Inside the University 523 - Side Stepping and Dropping

Inside the University 523 - Side Stepping and Dropping

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Correcting some mistakes, Saulo points out not to step up on your opponent for this drill. By doing so, you give your legs for him to attack. Instead, he just stepping to the side, which gives him the space to drop down and smash if his opponent tries to sit up or come at him.

Inside the University 522 - Open Guard Passing Drill

Inside the University 522 - Open Guard Passing Drill

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Saulo's opponent is on his back with both feet up in the open guard, so Saulo steps in with his lead leg landing on his opponent's shin. He squats down and pushes forward a bit, causing his opponent to react by pushing back out. Saulo uses his opponent's momentum to throw the legs aside as he steps to the other side, ready to pass. Then he repeats the drill, changing sides.

Inside the University 519 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Hooks

Inside the University 519 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Hooks

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Now Gustavo touches the importance of keeping his knees bent, reacting fast and being able to switch sides if necessary. Whenever he feels his opponent has weak hooks, he goes right for the knee cut. But sometimes the hooks are really strong, he may need to take an extra step to the side in order to create the space he needs to cut across the shin.

Inside the University 518 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Inside the University 518 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

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Again from inside his opponent's knee shield guard, Gustavo is controlling the position with his grip at the hip and his hand pressing down the bottom shoulder. But now he switches so his other hand presses the other shoulder, and he makes a grip on the bottom knee. He rises to his feet and pulls his opponent square to him, and then cuts his knee across the shin to pass to side control.

Inside the University 517 - Knee Shield Passing Drill

Inside the University 517 - Knee Shield Passing Drill

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Here Gustavo shows a drill to practice setting up a pass from the knee shield half guard. While on his knees, Gustavo gets on his toes and makes a grip on the pants at the hip, and presses down on the far shoulder. Putting his weight on his opponent, he raises his knees and walks to the other side, smashing his opponent's legs. Now he lets his opponent reset the knee shield on the opposite side and goes again. This drill will help set up the next pass.

Inside the University 516 - Switching to the Knee Cut Pass

Inside the University 516 - Switching to the Knee Cut Pass

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Saulo switches his hips and drops down low, but after he pulls his knee free, his opponent is pushing at his head and not allowing him to settle in. Now he can underhook his opponent's arm or "chicken wing" and turn his hips away to knee cut pass. In many cases, he will not even try to pass, but just use his collar grip to finish the choke.

Inside the University 515 - Getting Down Low

Inside the University 515 - Getting Down Low

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Here Saulo emphasizes the importance of getting very low when he switches his hips. By getting low, his opponent does not have the leverage to push him away, and it's easy for Saulo to pull the leg to him and then stretch it away.

Inside the University 514 - Finishing the Choke

Inside the University 514 - Finishing the Choke

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When Saulo makes his grip on the collar, he does not grab too deep, but grips so the edge of his hand is across the throat. Now when he sits back, his elbow is on the floor for better leverage. Now he can grab the pants and shift back to begin to free his leg. As he's passing, then he can put pressure on the neck and go for the choke.

Inside the University 513 - Hip Switch Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 513 - Hip Switch Half Guard Pass

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From inside his opponent's half guard, Saulo makes a thumb in cross collar grip and switches his hips to face his opponent. When he switches, he puts his head heavy on the chest and drops his hips low, placing his outside knee underneath his opponent's thigh. Now he uses his outside shin to block the bottom knee and straightens his arm to open the guard and get his pass. He also has the option to choke, depending on how his opponent reacts.