Inside the University 563 - Turning to Your Side

Inside the University 563 - Turning to Your Side

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Fine tuning the tripod sweep, Gustavo stresses the importance of turning to your side so your hips are facing your opponent instead of staying flat on your back. Otherwise your opponent can keep a strong base and not be swept. Also, whether this series is the one for you or not, it's key to have a go to technique for when you need to score a quick two points in competition.


Inside the University 562 - Guard Pull to Tripod Sweep

Inside the University 562 - Guard Pull to Tripod Sweep

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In this situation, after Gustavo pulls guard his opponent steps forward rather than pull back, so Gustavo is immediately ready to play guard. Sometimes he will pull the sleeve across and go right to De La Riva guard. But a better option can be to place his foot on the near hip, hook the far leg behind the knee and use the tripod sweep to get on top.

Inside the University 561 - Guard Pull to Single Leg Takedown

Inside the University 561 - Guard Pull to Single Leg Takedown

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Gustavo uses the same sitting guard pull and hooks his opponent's heels, but this time his opponent steps his leg back to regain his base. Now Gustavo switches his legs to S-position, pulls the hand to the floor as he stands up and grabs the single leg. Once he is standing, he has many options to takedown.

Inside the University 560 - Proper Guard Pulling

Inside the University 560 - Proper Guard Pulling

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Touching on a few key points to pulling guard, it is important to know that if you're competing, you must have a grip on your opponent before you sit down. Also, for this technique, he does not go to his back, rather he stays in a seated position. If his opponent has a strong base and is not falling backward from the hooks alone, he can let go of the sleeve and push the legs back.

Inside the University 559 - Guard Pull to Sweep

Inside the University 559 - Guard Pull to Sweep

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In preparation for competition, Gustavo Dias shows a guard pull to a quick sweep that has been successful for him. He first grabs his opponent's sleeve with both his grips and then sits down to pull guard. The most common reaction is for his opponent to walk backward, so Gustavo pulls himself in and hooks his feet behind the ankles. Now he simply pulls his feet in to sweep and get to the top position.

Inside the University 558 - Guard Retention with Your Eyes Closed

Inside the University 558 - Guard Retention with Your Eyes Closed

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Xande shows a nice drill you can use to practice guard retention. He lets his partner get the pants grip and try to pass using the toreando. Now with his eyes closed, Xande makes his frames on the arm and stays connected and spins with his opponent as he tries to pass.

Inside the University 557 - Defending the Toreando Pass

Inside the University 557 - Defending the Toreando Pass

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Now Xande's opponent is attempting the toreando or bull fighter pass, so Xande's first line of defense is to make his frames on the shoulder and biceps. As his opponent keeps trying to go around, Xande stays connected with his frames and uses his bottom foot to keep turning his body with his opponent, never giving him the angle to pass.

Inside the University 536 - Back and Forth Hip Movement

Inside the University 536 - Back and Forth Hip Movement

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Saulo breaks down the fundamental movement of the hips while recovering guard. After his bridge, while still on his side, he is using a back and forth motion to gain momentum, whether he goes to recover guard or turn belly down. If he recovers, his inside leg now becomes a frame against his opponent's body, and a new point of leverage to use.

Inside the University 535 - Recovering Guard when Your Opponent Passes Your Legs

Inside the University 535 - Recovering Guard when Your Opponent Passes Your Legs

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Saulo's opponent is passing his guard, so as soon as he gets around the legs, Saulo's first move is to turn on his side at his 45 degree angle, with both elbows attached to his body. His opponent drops his weight to put pressure, so Saulo bridges to create space. If he now has room to move his hips, he brings his legs in to recover guard.

Dennis Hallman Series 5 - Howdy Back Take

Dennis Hallman Series 5 - Howdy Back Take

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In this scenario, when Dennis steps over the head, his opponent turns into him and pushes his leg away, so Dennis steps back and reaches over the back to grab the waist. He makes a cross face with his other arm, and steps his leg over to straddle the body. Now his opponent rolls back the other way to try to escape, and Dennis follows him, securing back control as they roll.

Inside the University 506 - Flipping the "S"

Inside the University 506 - Flipping the "S"

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Touching on some details of the collar drag, Saulo first notes the importance of not stretching your leg too much when your foot is on the hip, which can allow your opponent to easily pass your guard. Another key point is to not pull your opponent on top of you when dragging the collar. To avoid this, he puts his weight on his posted hand and foot on the hip, keeping his own hip off the mat. Now when he drags the collar, he can easily shift his body to the outside. This is when he flip the "S" by rotating his legs and hips to face the other side, placing him in a position next to his opponent where he can easily climb to the back or finish on top.

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.