Inside the University 678 - Drilling the Choke

Inside the University 678 - Drilling the Choke

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From the mount, Saulo's first move is to drop his body to one side, putting his weight on his knee, opening the lapel and sliding his first grip to the neck. His knee will act as his base and his other leg will keep contact with his opponent's legs. Once his base is comfortable established, he grabs the other lapel and drops his forearm for the choke.


Inside the University 676 - Choke from the Mount

Inside the University 676 - Choke from the Mount

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From the mount, Saulo's first move is to slide his hand up the collar and get his first grip, preferably with his thumb inside. He brings his knee up to the armpit and shifts his weight to the side of his gripping arm. From here, he grabs the other lapel wherever he can and pulls it tight as he opens his other elbow to sink in the choke.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 5 - Armbar from Three Quarter Mount

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 5 - Armbar from Three Quarter Mount

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From his opponent's half guard, Eduardo pushes the knee and moves to three quarter mount position. He pins his opponent's wrist to the mat, traps the other arm with his arm and steps his free leg over the head, as he would for a monoplata. From here he sits back and adjusts his position to finish the armbar.

Inside the University 608 - Don't Lose the Momentum

Inside the University 608 - Don't Lose the Momentum

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Saulo stresses the importance of keeping a constant attack as soon as you mount. He does not try to settle in the position and wait, but instead he is looking to keep advancing toward the submission right away. He also touches on combining attacks to always keep your opponent under threat.

Inside the University 607 - Switching Sides to Attack the Other Arm

Inside the University 607 - Switching Sides to Attack the Other Arm

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Now Saulo is in S mount attacking the arm, but his opponent is able to pull it out, so immediately Saulo traps the other arm. Using his posted hand to help him, he swings his hips to face the other direction and settles on the mat ready to finish the armbar.

Inside the University 606 - Controlling the Arm

Inside the University 606 - Controlling the Arm

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From the S-mount, when Saulo is attacking the arm and throws his leg over the head, it is very important that he stays leaning at an angle and not rising up. Again, by lifting his body, he gives his opponent the space to free his arm. In the case his opponent doesn't push, and leaves his arm trapped, Saulo controls the chicken wing and works for head and arm control.

Inside the University 605 - Swinging the Leg to S Mount

Inside the University 605 - Swinging the Leg to S Mount

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Correcting a common mistake, Saulo points out how your leg must swing fluidly to the S mount, while keeping your hips low. Many people raise their hips to get there, and end up giving too much space for their opponent to escape. That's why you need to make sure swing your leg along the mat without sitting up.

Inside the University 604 - Attacking with Your Outside Arm

Inside the University 604 - Attacking with Your Outside Arm

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After getting to his S mount position, Saulo attacks the armbar by wrapping the arm from the outside, rather than feeding his other arm from the inside. This way, he has the angle to attack the second arm if his opponent is able to pull away the first arm.

Inside the University 603 - Creating the Angle to Finish from the Mount

Inside the University 603 - Creating the Angle to Finish from the Mount

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After Saulo steps over and gets to the mount position on his opponent, he leans to the side at an angle with his hand posting on the mat, and swings his leg to an S position. With his S mount, he can put more pressure on his opponent and also has a better angle to attack the arm. If his opponent is able to defend the first arm, he has the leverage he needs to attack the second arm.

Inside the University 602 - Side Control to Mount to Armbar

Inside the University 602 - Side Control to Mount to Armbar

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From side control, Saulo keeps heavy pressure on his opponent by staying on his toes, rather than resting on his knees. He opens his hips and whips his leg over the body. He settles in this position, waiting for his opponent to push and bridge, giving Saulo the opportunity to square his hips and climb to a high mount. Now he can trap the arm and get the armbar.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 11 - Opening the Elbow to Help Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

Xande's Dominant Control Series 11 - Opening the Elbow to Help Mount from Hip to Shoulder Control

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Starting from hip to shoulder control, Xande walks over the head to the other side, using his elbow to open his opponent's arm as he goes. Once on the other side, he gets a hip to shoulder control and his arm is going down the back, completely trapping the his opponent's far arm. Now he can easily step over to mount since his opponent cannot defend on the far side.

Xande's Dominant Control Series 9 - Blocking the Legs when Transitioning to Mount

Xande's Dominant Control Series 9 - Blocking the Legs when Transitioning to Mount

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Again from hip to shoulder control, Xande is looking to mount but his opponent is keeping his legs up ready to block him. Xande uses his forearm to create a frame across the thighs and cups the far leg. From here he pulls the legs as he slides his knee across the body, trapping both legs between his foot and hand. Now he can bring his leg all the way over and establish the mount.