Inside the University 942 - Keeping Your Hand in the Pocket

Inside the University 942 - Keeping Your Hand in the Pocket

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Saulo breaks down some micro details on keeping your arm diagonal by placing your hand in your pocket. This is an important step as it allows you the leverage to block and recover.


Inside the University 941 - Frustrating the Predator

Inside the University 941 - Frustrating the Predator

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Saulo gives some important words of wisdom about staying calm, blocking the mount and frustrating your opponent while he is on the attack. By keeping your defense strong and not giving him the opportunity to advance, he is bound to get frustrated and make a mistake, which gives you a chance to capitalize.

Inside the University 940 - Creating Separation to Gain Leverage

Inside the University 940 - Creating Separation to Gain Leverage

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Saulo goes over the finer points of creating separation by extending your body away from your opponent, or becoming elegant. This space gives him the leverage he needs to explode his knee up to escape. Also, it is very important he breathes as he moves. If he holds his breath, it will hinder his movement and make him tense.

Inside the University 939 - Solo Drill to Escape Mount and Recover Guard

Inside the University 939 - Solo Drill to Escape Mount and Recover Guard

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Now Saulo goes over a drill to do on your own that covers the entire movement of escaping the mount and recovering your guard. This drill puts all the movements together, and you should make a point to focus on doing a proper block at the beginning, as it is the key to the entire escape.

Inside the University 938 - Freeing Your Knee and Escaping Your Hips

Inside the University 938 - Freeing Your Knee and Escaping Your Hips

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Saulo goes over the finer points of escaping mount after you have successfully blocked the hips. He first extends his body away and then explosively brings his knee to his body to free it. Now he can escape the hips, rolling from shoulder to shoulder to change direction and recover guard.

Inside the University 937 - Keeping Your Elbows Attached to Your Body

Inside the University 937 - Keeping Your Elbows Attached to Your Body

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Now Saulo shows the importance of keeping your elbows tucked in and attached to your body when mounted. If your elbows are away, it's easy for your opponent to wrap them up for better leverage and attacks. He also stresses to move with your torso, not your arms.

Inside the University 936 - Blocking the Mount

Inside the University 936 - Blocking the Mount

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Using the exact same movement as the solo drill, Saulo shows how to block the mount in a real situation. The key here is to react immediately when your opponent goes to take mount. If you wait until he has mounted you already, you are too late.

Inside the University 935 - Solo Drill to Block the Mount

Inside the University 935 - Solo Drill to Block the Mount

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In this class Saulo focuses on not just escaping, but defending the mount. The key is to block the mount as soon as you feel your opponent going for it. A simple drill to practice is falling to your side, bringing your top hand across to the pocket, keeping your elbows tucked to your body. Make sure to breathe to help your mobility.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 9 - Controlling and Attacking from Mount

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 9 - Controlling and Attacking from Mount

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Answering another question, Rafael covers the basic things he looks for while in the mount, including his body positioning, using the violent hug and playing with different lapel chokes.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 8 - Hooking the Leg to Finish the Armbar

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 8 - Hooking the Leg to Finish the Armbar

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Now Rafael shows another option he sometimes uses to help finish the armbar if his opponent's grip on his lapel is really strong. He leans toward the leg and under hooks it to give himself leverage to keep inching his palm down his thigh until he can break the grip and secure the arm.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 7 - Finishing the Armbar when Opponent Grabs His Lapel

Rafael Lovato Jr. Timeless 2-on-1 Attacks 7 - Finishing the Armbar when Opponent Grabs His Lapel

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Rafael answers a student's question about finishing an armbar when your opponent is defending by grabbing his own lapel. He first threads his arm near the head through and cups his own thigh. He walks his hand down to his hip, and with his other hand he can push the lapel or the elbow to break the grip and secure the armbar.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 7 - Transitioning to Mount when Opponent is Escaping

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 7 - Transitioning to Mount when Opponent is Escaping

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Now in an effort to escape the crucifix, Dallas' opponent drops his head to the floor and looks to roll back or spin around to side control. Right away Dallas looks to step his leg that is controlling the arm over to mount his opponent. Another option from here since the arm is inside is to look for the triangle.