Inside the University 475 - Open Guard Pass

Inside the University 475 - Open Guard Pass

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Knowing his opponent has a strong lasso guard, Saulo looks to avoid falling into his game by approaching the guard from a strong headquarters position, keeping his arms to his body and not extended. He steps in, grabs the shins and pushes them in, causing his opponent to react by kicking his feet back out. Saulo uses this reaction to push the legs to the side and step to the other side, where he can look to use his favorite guard pass.


Inside the University 474 - Sprawling and Pinning the Leg to Pass

Inside the University 474 - Sprawling and Pinning the Leg to Pass

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Saulo has established his headquarters position and is using the bounce motion to create his space to pass. As he bounces out, he drops his hand to his opponent's knee and pushes it to the mat. His same side knee turns out to pin the leg and he sprawls his other leg back. Here he can windshield wiper pass over the leg, or set up another pass.

Inside the University 473 - Importance of the Bounce

Inside the University 473 - Importance of the Bounce

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Throughout his career, Saulo has been able to pass guards because of his bounce. The pushing in and pulling away motion is key in his whole passing game. Whether it's to clear the lasso hook, free his arm from a spider grip or any other kind of grip, the bounce creates space for him to escape. Make sure to incorporate this action/reaction movement into your passing.

Inside the University 472 - Maintaining a Strong Headquarters Position

Inside the University 472 - Maintaining a Strong Headquarters Position

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Correcting some mistakes, Saulo stresses the importance of maintaining a good headquarters position while in someone's guard. This means staying low with a good posture, rather than keeping the hips high and bending over, which will put you in danger. Also, the back and forth hip movement is key in creating the space needed to clear the lasso hook.

Inside the University 471 - Lasso Guard Pass

Inside the University 471 - Lasso Guard Pass

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Saulo's opponent puts the lasso guard on him, so his very first move is to move his body in and then away, in order to create space so he can swim his hand behind the thigh. Next his other hand comes to the knee, and again he moves his body in and away to create space, this time to shove the leg down to the mat. Now he keeps both hands pinning the leg down as he begins to pass to the side.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 10 - Cross Collar Choke from Knee On Belly

Eduardo Inojosa Series 10 - Cross Collar Choke from Knee On Belly

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Starting in side control, Eduardo post one hand at his opponent's far hip and the other under the head, and hops up to a knee on belly position. He brings his hand from the hip to sink a deep cross collar grip with his fingers inside and his other hand grabs the cloth on the cross shoulder. Now he squeezes the choke as he lowers his head to the mat to get the finish.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 9 - Kimura from Side Control

Eduardo Inojosa Series 9 - Kimura from Side Control

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From side control, Eduardo's opponent pushes his head to try to escape, so Eduardo brings his arm across the body and hugs the arm at the triceps. Next he walks to north-south position and grabs the wrist with his other hand to make a Kimura grip. Using the arm, he turns his opponent onto his side, but his opponent is still defending by holding on to his own pants or belt. Eduardo breaks the grip by pulling the arm away from the body, and now to finish he can bring the arm up and over toward the back til his opponent submits.

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.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 7 - Toreando Pass from De La Riva Guard

Eduardo Inojosa Series 7 - Toreando Pass from De La Riva Guard

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Starting in his opponent's De La Riva guard, Eduardo grips both pant legs on the outside of the knees, turns his knee out to break the hook, and pushes the legs away as he pulls his own body back to create space. It is also helpful to push enough that his opponent's hips are off the mat. Now he can choose a side to pass to and establish side control.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 6 - Half Guard Knee Shield Sweep

Eduardo Inojosa Series 6 - Half Guard Knee Shield Sweep

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Starting from his half guard, Eduardo places his knee shield at his opponent's chest, and makes a cross collar grip and a pants grip at the outside of the far knee. Next he pushes at his opponent, causing him to push back, and he uses the momentum to throw him over the top, forcing him to post on his hands. Now Eduardo can escape his hips, get to his elbow and stand up in base, keeping control of his opponent's leg as he comes up and forcing the sweep.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 5 - Guard Pull to Hook Sweep

Eduardo Inojosa Series 5 - Guard Pull to Hook Sweep

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Eduardo pulls guard and feeds the lapel around the leg, looking for the same sweep shown in the previous technique, but this time his opponent reacts by dropping his weight and settling on his knees. Now Eduardo makes a sleeve grip, escapes his hips so he's on his side, and places his outside hook in the groin. From here he just kicks the knee away and pulls the sleeve to get to the top and finish the sweep.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 4 - Guard Pull to Single Leg Sweep

Eduardo Inojosa Series 4 - Guard Pull to Single Leg Sweep

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From standing, Eduardo makes a grip on the collar and pulls it to him as he drops down to his guard, with both legs going underneath his opponent. The same side shin as his collar grip blocks his opponent's leg as he feeds the lapel to his other hand, wrapping up the other leg and securing a single leg grip. Now he pulls the collar and kicks his shin back to make his opponent go forward and post his hand. With his opponent's weight off him now, Eduardo can turn to his elbow and stand up with the single leg to finish the sweep.