Inside the University 775 - Creating Space from the Half Guard

Inside the University 775 - Creating Space from the Half Guard

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To start off class, Professor Gustavo shows how to create space and get your opponent's weight off you when he is flattening you in the half guard. First he hooks the trapped leg tight with his calf and he hugs the back of the head. He bridges hard and drives the head away with his arm, then immediately escapes his hips and places his knee shield. Now he can set up his frames against the arm and get to a comfortable half guard position.


Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 7 - Escaping the Knee Cut Pass

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 7 - Escaping the Knee Cut Pass

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Eduardo's opponent is working to pass his guard with the knee cut, so his first line of defense is to block his arm at the biceps. Now he does a big bridge into his opponent, stretching his outside arm across as far as he can. This creates the space he needs to swim his head and body out from underneath, and get to a control position while his opponent is on his knees.

Inside the University 595 - Practical Drilling

Inside the University 595 - Practical Drilling

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Here Saulo points out the importance of drilling technique with the right timing, strength and intentions. It is not helpful for him or his partner to jump in full speed when attempting to learn and perfect a technique. It is much more beneficial to practice at reasonable pace that both training partners are comfortable with.

Inside the University 593 - Staying In Tune with Your Training Partner

Inside the University 593 - Staying In Tune with Your Training Partner

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Going over the techniques, Saulo discusses the importance of working with your partner and staying in tune as you practice, in order to get the most efficiency out of your training. It is important to talk to each other and calibrate your strength and timing when doing the drills, so you can both learn the ins and outs of the position.

Inside the University 592 - Defending a Deep Knee Cut

Inside the University 592 - Defending a Deep Knee Cut

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Saulo shows the last line of defense when your opponent goes for a knee cut and gets it deep before you can defend. He turns in facing his opponent, and keeps his elbows hugged tight to his body keeping himself safe from any grip control. From his side, can sit up and recover his guard.

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 556 - Preventing Mount and Replacing the Shield

Inside the University 556 - Preventing Mount and Replacing the Shield

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Xande's opponent is looking to get shoulder pressure and mount from the half guard, so first Xande makes sure to hook his leg and place his hand between his cheek and opponent's shoulder. He connects his elbow to his knee and works the crown of his head to the shoulder, keeping his opponent at bay and forcing him to make a move. When his opponent goes, Xande pushes away, places his shield and recovers guard.

Inside the University 555 - Creating Space with the Earthquake

Inside the University 555 - Creating Space with the Earthquake

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Sometimes when your opponent is dropping his weight on you, it can be very difficult to create space, so Xande suggests using the earthquake. He pushes off his outside foot to bridge his hips, and then pushes with his shoulder, and repeats so he is rocking back and forth and creating space to recover his guard. Also, it is key for him to keep his opponent's weight at his hips where he can generate more power.

Inside the University 553 - Escrima Pass Defense

Inside the University 553 - Escrima Pass Defense

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Xande is on bottom and his opponent is trying to pass his half guard with the Escrima pass. First Xande blocks his opponent's free arm to keep him from getting head control, and his other arm makes a frame at the neck. Now he hips away a little bit and slides his bottom shoulder up, and repeats until his opponent is low on him. From here he has many options to place his shield, or even throw some attacks depending how his opponent reacts.

Inside the University 533 - Taking the Back from Half Guard

Inside the University 533 - Taking the Back from Half Guard

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From the half guard, Saulo bridges and gets the underhook, keeping his hand closer to the side of the back rather than reaching across, to protect from the whizzer. Now he switches his legs, using his outside leg as his hook. He opens his elbow and turns to his shoulder, opening space for him to get to his knees and sneak out the back door, ready to attack his opponent's back.

Inside the University 532 - Using the Bridge to Create Space

Inside the University 532 - Using the Bridge to Create Space

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When turning to block with your shoulder, it is important that you don't turn too far that you start facing the mat. Stop when your shoulder is in your opponent's chest. Also, any action taken from here must begin with a bridge. Whether you're going for the underhook or looking to recover, the bridge will create the space you need.

Inside the University 531 - Proper Framing from Half Guard

Inside the University 531 - Proper Framing from Half Guard

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Now Saulo focuses on the proper framing techniques to use while on bottom in half guard. Rather than trying to push his opponent away with his hands, he turns to his side, making a block with his shoulder and letting his hand on the ground. From here, he can bridge and bring his arm out to make an underhook. Another option is to frame both hands on the biceps, and hip escape to create the space needed to recover guard.

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