Inside the University 528 - Grip Breaking

Inside the University 528 - Grip Breaking

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During the stand up fight, Saulo's opponent has the traditional collar and sleeve grip, as does Saulo. To break, he slides his hand down from the triceps to the end of the sleeve. His other hand cups the inside of the wrist, and he leans back as he pushes the wrist to break the collar grip. Now to break the sleeve grip, he aggressively pulls his arm and pivots about 90 degrees.


Dennis Hallman Series 9 - Spladle/Pretzel Counter to a Single Leg Takedown

Dennis Hallman Series 9 - Spladle/Pretzel Counter to a Single Leg Takedown

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In this position, Dennis' opponent is holding his leg, looking to take him down. Dennis immediately pushes the head to the outside, grabs the chin, and while hooking the near leg with his leg, he drops down and hooks the other leg with his arm. The momentum forces his opponent to roll and Dennis controls the spladle position from his back, and he can finish the pretzel by placing the leg behind his head.

Dennis Hallman Series 8 - Seat Belt Toss from Single Leg

Dennis Hallman Series 8 - Seat Belt Toss from Single Leg

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Dennis has his opponent's single leg with his left arm and his right arm is reaching around the back to grab the hip. His opponent defends by placing the whizzer, so Dennis steps in with his left leg and drives his hips forward as he tosses his opponent over his right shoulder.

Inside the University 510 - Takedown Sparring

Inside the University 510 - Takedown Sparring

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Getting ready for the World Championship, the students do some takedown sparring where the winner stays on the mat and keeps fighting.

Inside the University 507 - Grip Fighting

Inside the University 507 - Grip Fighting

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This week is all about training for the World Championship, so everyone is warming up with some grip fighting, and setting up their takedowns after breaking the grips.

Inside the University 505 - Setting Up Attacks after Pulling Guard

Inside the University 505 - Setting Up Attacks after Pulling Guard

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Now Saulo steps to the side and pulls guard, immediately setting up his classic guard collar and sleeve grips. He turns to his side and pinches with his knees, places his foot in the hip and posts his hand to sit himself up into an attacking position. From here he has many attacks depending on how his opponent reacts. The three he shows now are the collar drag, loop choke and butterfly sweep.

Inside the University 504 - Explosive Grip Breaking

Inside the University 504 - Explosive Grip Breaking

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Now Saulo focuses on breaking his opponent's grip and setting up a takedown. In this drill, he is more concerned about moving fast and aggressive, and not so much worried about the details of the technique. He grabs his opponent's hand that is gripping his collar, does an explosive traditional grip break, and then pushes the arm to the side so he can set up a takedown or next move of his choice. This is a drill to replicate what will actually happen in a fight.

Inside the University 503 - Staying Connected and Driving Forward

Inside the University 503 - Staying Connected and Driving Forward

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Now Saulo points out the importance of staying connected to your opponent and really driving forward to move him, rather than just pushing with your arms. It is also helpful for the partner being moved to stay relaxed and almost be dead weight.

Inside the University 502 - Backing Your Opponent Down

Inside the University 502 - Backing Your Opponent Down

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To start the warm up for World Championship training, Saulo begins standing with the classic collar and sleeve grips. He makes sure not to squeeze too tight with his grips so he doesn't stiffen up, and he keeps his elbows closed so he doesn't allow his opponent to control the grip fight. Now he lowers his level into a nice base and walks forward, pushing his opponent back as he steps. When he wants to turn, he opens one elbow, and pulls down and pivot steps to turn his opponent.

Inside the University 483 - Leg Trip Takedown Drills

Inside the University 483 - Leg Trip Takedown Drills

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Now Rene shows a couple leg trip takedown drills, similar to the kouchi gari and ouchi gari. First is when he and his partner are both standing with the right leg forward. Rene lowers his level and steps in with his right leg hooking behind his opponent's right leg, similar to the kouchi gari, and drives him to the mat. On the second drill, he is standing with left leg forward, so he steps in with his left and hooks his opponent's right leg, similar to the ouchi gari, and drives him to the mat.

Inside the University 482 - Double Leg Takedown Drills

Inside the University 482 - Double Leg Takedown Drills

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To begin class, Professor Rene shows some different double leg takedown drills. First he makes his classic collar and triceps grips on the gi, opens his arms and pulls his opponent to him as he lowers his level, steps his leg in between the legs and grabs behind the knees. In the next drill, his opponent has one leg forward, so Rene steps outside the lead leg, lowers his level so his shoulder is the hip, grabs behind the knees and drives his opponent to the mat.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 8 - Kouchi Gari to Single Leg Takedown

Eduardo Inojosa Series 8 - Kouchi Gari to Single Leg Takedown

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Combining two takedowns, Eduardo first grabs the same side lapel and pulls his opponent to him as he sweeps across at the inside of his opponent's foot. His opponent reacts by stepping his leg out, so Eduardo drops to his knees and grabs the near leg. Now he can stand up and drive or run the pipe to finish the takedown.