Inside the University 568 - Maintaining the Mount

Inside the University 568 - Maintaining the Mount

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When taking the mount position, Xande makes sure he is not too high or too low on his opponent's torso. He likes to keep his knees just below the armpits and places the soles of his feet agains his opponent's butt. From here he shows how he shifts his weight to maintain the mount when his opponent bumps straight up, bumps to either side or turns to either side.


Inside the University 567 - Developing Proper Timing

Inside the University 567 - Developing Proper Timing

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Wrapping up the lesson for the day, Saulo speaks on the importance of training with the right goal in mind. In this case, the training partners must be on the same page and cooperate with each other in order to develop the proper timing of the sweep. This lesson can be extended to everyday practice.

Inside the University 566 - Half Guard Sweep Demonstrated in Live Training

Inside the University 566 - Half Guard Sweep Demonstrated in Live Training

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Fabio demonstrates his sweep in a live situation while training partners get the escrima and try to pass his guard.

Inside the University 565 - Getting Top Position After You Bridge

Inside the University 565 - Getting Top Position After You Bridge

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Touching on a few details, Fabio shows that he is not rolling immediately after bridging his opponent off him. He steers the wheel with his grips to roll his opponent, and then he can either bring his outside leg over or his inside leg underneath to get to the top. He also points out the difference of having a low escrima which is ineffective, and a high escrima which can immobilize the arm.

Inside the University 564 - Bridge Sweep from Half Guard when Opponent has Escrima

Inside the University 564 - Bridge Sweep from Half Guard when Opponent has Escrima

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Guest instructor and old student of Saulo's, Fabio Lewin, shows his specialty sweep from the half guard when his opponent has the escrima or underhook on him. First Fabio turns his hips to the outside and makes a grip on the knee of the trapped leg. Now he his other grip goes either to the other knee or reaches over the arm and grabs the belt if his opponent gets that side escrima as well. Next he plants both feet on the mat and bridges high, rolling his opponent off him, and turns belly down to come to the top position.

Some of the World's Best Jiu Jitsu Practitioners in Action

Some of the World's Best Jiu Jitsu Practitioners in Action

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Here's a small sample of the many amazing guest instructors we have for you here on the BJJ Library. Take your pick and check out a series you haven't seen yet.

Inside the University 563 - Turning to Your Side

Inside the University 563 - Turning to Your Side

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Fine tuning the tripod sweep, Gustavo stresses the importance of turning to your side so your hips are facing your opponent instead of staying flat on your back. Otherwise your opponent can keep a strong base and not be swept. Also, whether this series is the one for you or not, it's key to have a go to technique for when you need to score a quick two points in competition.

Inside the University 562 - Guard Pull to Tripod Sweep

Inside the University 562 - Guard Pull to Tripod Sweep

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In this situation, after Gustavo pulls guard his opponent steps forward rather than pull back, so Gustavo is immediately ready to play guard. Sometimes he will pull the sleeve across and go right to De La Riva guard. But a better option can be to place his foot on the near hip, hook the far leg behind the knee and use the tripod sweep to get on top.

Inside the University 561 - Guard Pull to Single Leg Takedown

Inside the University 561 - Guard Pull to Single Leg Takedown

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Gustavo uses the same sitting guard pull and hooks his opponent's heels, but this time his opponent steps his leg back to regain his base. Now Gustavo switches his legs to S-position, pulls the hand to the floor as he stands up and grabs the single leg. Once he is standing, he has many options to takedown.

Inside the University 560 - Proper Guard Pulling

Inside the University 560 - Proper Guard Pulling

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Touching on a few key points to pulling guard, it is important to know that if you're competing, you must have a grip on your opponent before you sit down. Also, for this technique, he does not go to his back, rather he stays in a seated position. If his opponent has a strong base and is not falling backward from the hooks alone, he can let go of the sleeve and push the legs back.

Inside the University 559 - Guard Pull to Sweep

Inside the University 559 - Guard Pull to Sweep

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In preparation for competition, Gustavo Dias shows a guard pull to a quick sweep that has been successful for him. He first grabs his opponent's sleeve with both his grips and then sits down to pull guard. The most common reaction is for his opponent to walk backward, so Gustavo pulls himself in and hooks his feet behind the ankles. Now he simply pulls his feet in to sweep and get to the top position.

Inside the University 558 - Guard Retention with Your Eyes Closed

Inside the University 558 - Guard Retention with Your Eyes Closed

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Xande shows a nice drill you can use to practice guard retention. He lets his partner get the pants grip and try to pass using the toreando. Now with his eyes closed, Xande makes his frames on the arm and stays connected and spins with his opponent as he tries to pass.