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.

Inside the University 530 - Bridging Mechanics from Half Guard

Inside the University 530 - Bridging Mechanics from Half Guard

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Correcting a couple mistakes he saw his students making, Saulo shows not to put your hook leg too deep in the half guard. This mistake will keep you from being able to escape your hips as much as you need to create the space to recover guard. Also, it is important when you bridge that you don't throw your arm over the top of your opponent's head. Keep it on the nearside for better leverage and control.

Inside the University 529 - Bridge Escape from Half Guard

Inside the University 529 - Bridge Escape from Half Guard

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Saulo is on bottom in half guard, and his opponent has the underhook and head control, which is the worst spot he can be in now. First, Saulo hooks his opponent's leg with his inside leg, rather than crossing his legs and locking himself flat. Next he makes sure his elbow is tight to his ribs. Now he pushes off his outside foot to bridge, and uses the inside of his other elbow to push the top of the head to the inside. Here he can bring his knee inside across the hips, and push to extend his body, creating the space he needs to recover his guard.

Inside the University 528 - Grip Breaking

Inside the University 528 - Grip Breaking

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During the stand up fight, Saulo's opponent has the traditional collar and sleeve grip, as does Saulo. To break, he slides his hand down from the triceps to the end of the sleeve. His other hand cups the inside of the wrist, and he leans back as he pushes the wrist to break the collar grip. Now to break the sleeve grip, he aggressively pulls his arm and pivots about 90 degrees.

Inside the University 527 - Saulo Sparring Murilo Ninja Rua

Inside the University 527 - Saulo Sparring Murilo Ninja Rua

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Old school MMA fighter Murilo Ninja Rua visited the University of Jiu Jitsu and had a sparring session with Saulo.

Inside the University 526 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Legs

Inside the University 526 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Legs

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Covering several possibilities you could encounter while trying to pass the open guard, Saulo shows some different reactions you should train yourself for. If his opponent sits up with his feet on the ground, he doesn't worry about the legs, but just controls the shoulder. When he does engage the legs, Saulo will either knee slice to the inside, or sprawl and smash to the outside.

Inside the University 525 - Establishing Headquarters

Inside the University 525 - Establishing Headquarters

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Focusing on the beginning of the pass, Saulo breaks down establishing a solid base in headquarters. Once he slaps the legs and steps inside, he keeps his feet flat on the ground and squats low, sitting on the foot. Here he can sway side to side in a comfortable stance, and not telegraph to his opponent which side he wants to pass.

Inside the University 524 - Passing from Headquarters

Inside the University 524 - Passing from Headquarters

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Now from the top, Saulo slaps the shins to the side as he steps in to his headquarters position, squatting with one of his oppoent's legs between his. He keeps a low base and stays agile, ready to move to either side. Now if his opponent turns to the inside, he puts his hand on the shoulder to stop him and passes with the knee slice. If his opponent turns to the outside, he drops his weight to smash pass.

Inside the University 523 - Side Stepping and Dropping

Inside the University 523 - Side Stepping and Dropping

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Correcting some mistakes, Saulo points out not to step up on your opponent for this drill. By doing so, you give your legs for him to attack. Instead, he just stepping to the side, which gives him the space to drop down and smash if his opponent tries to sit up or come at him.

Inside the University 522 - Open Guard Passing Drill

Inside the University 522 - Open Guard Passing Drill

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Saulo's opponent is on his back with both feet up in the open guard, so Saulo steps in with his lead leg landing on his opponent's shin. He squats down and pushes forward a bit, causing his opponent to react by pushing back out. Saulo uses his opponent's momentum to throw the legs aside as he steps to the other side, ready to pass. Then he repeats the drill, changing sides.

Inside the University 521 - Isolating the Arm

Inside the University 521 - Isolating the Arm

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Now Gustavo fine tunes some of the details of trapping the arm. He also shows how he can set up the same armbar from other guard passes. The main point of focus is to use his elbow to pin and isolate the arm he wants as soon as his opponent turns away.