Inside the University 638 - Xande and Victor Hugo Sparring

Inside the University 638 - Xande and Victor Hugo Sparring

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Xande spars with student Victor Hugo in preparation for European Championship.


Inside the University 637 - Saulo and Papaleguas Sparring

Inside the University 636 - Side Stepping

Inside the University 636 - Side Stepping

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Saulo shows the importance of stepping your leg up to the side as oppose to turning your body to face the side. When he steps to the side, it's almost as if he's circling his opponent from inside the guard.

Inside the University 635 - Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 635 - Opening the Closed Guard

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From inside his opponent's guard, Saulo places both hands under the rib cage, shimmies his way back on his knees and steps his leg up to the side. His same side arm stays attached to his body while his other hand pushes at the belt. He moves himself forward diagonally and stands up his other leg, keeping a solid base. Now his hand on the belt moves across to grab the pants at the hip, and he pushes himself back to open the guard and begin his pass.

Inside the University 634 - Xande and Nick Schrock Sparring

Inside the University 633 - Saulo and Xande Sparring

Inside the University 633 - Saulo and Xande Sparring

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Saulo and Xande spar in preparation for the European Championship.

Inside the University 632 - Knee on Belly Step Over Collar Choke

Inside the University 632 - Knee on Belly Step Over Collar Choke

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From knee on belly, Xande has the near side collar grip, and his opponent tries to escape by pushing at his knee. Xande drops his weight on his opponent, trapping his arm, and straightens his forearm against the neck. To finish the choke, he steps his leg over the head and squeezes with his arm and leg.

Inside the University 631 - Knee on Belly Armbar

Inside the University 631 - Knee on Belly Armbar

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While Xande is controlling knee on belly, his opponent pushes his knee, so he underhooks the arm and clutches it tight. Next he pushes the head down and steps over to the other side. While pivoting, he grabs his opponent's pants at the knee, and falls back for the armbar. If necessary, he can throw his leg over the body to finish with more control.

Inside the University 630 - Knee on Belly Baseball Choke

Inside the University 630 - Knee on Belly Baseball Choke

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From the knee on belly position, Xande grips his opponent's near side collar with his thumb inside. He releases his grip on the hip with the other hand, and brings it to the far side collar with four fingers inside, with his hands now gripping like a baseball bat. Now Xande spins to north-south, making sure to bring his forearm across the neck, and places his head on the same side his body was just at. To finish the choke, Xande gets on his toes, picking his hips off the ground and creating more pressure on his opponent.

Inside the University 629 - Controlling Knee on Belly

Inside the University 629 - Controlling Knee on Belly

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Xande shows how he likes to maintain control while in knee on belly position. His method of control is pulling up the collar on the near side while pushing the far hip down. When his opponent tries to escape his hips or scoot away, Xande keeps his grips and follows with his knee.

Inside the University 628 - Fundamentals of Knee on Belly

Inside the University 628 - Fundamentals of Knee on Belly

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When Xande sets up his knee on belly position, he slides his shin across the stomach, hooking the ribs and keeping his foot off the mat, which allows him to apply more pressure. When his opponent bumps his hips, Xande stretches his body to maintain balance, and follows closely if his opponent tries escaping the hips.

University of Jiu Jitsu Belt Promotions

University of Jiu Jitsu Belt Promotions

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Wrapping up the year, the students at the University of Jiu Jitsu receive their belt promotions.