Leticia Ribeiro Series 1 - Interview with Saulo

Leticia Ribeiro Series 1 - Interview with Saulo

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Saulo sits down with Leticia Ribeiro to talk about her background, her academy in San Diego, and much more.


Inside the University 361 - Over Under Pass

Inside the University 361 - Over Under Pass

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Continuing the guard pass series from the crab stance, Xande has his arm under one leg and his knee pinning the other. His opponent is blocking the passes to both sides, so Xande makes a grip on the pants and removes his knee to get on his toes. He fakes the pass to the under side by moving his head, and then jumps over the leg, passing to the other side, where he can establish side control.

Inside the University 360 - Back Step Pass

Inside the University 360 - Back Step Pass

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Again from the crab stance, Xande pins his opponent's leg to the mat and swims his other arm under the leg to put on the pressure, looking for the traditional pass. His opponent blocks his hip on the passing side, so Xande pushes his knee through to pin the open leg with his shin, using his foot to hook the thigh. Next he controls the head with his arm, and releases his grip on the collar as he back steps his leg out of the guard, keeping control of both legs still. Now he pushes off his foot to keep pressure on his opponent, so he can release his hook and establish side control.

Inside the University 359 - Traditional Guard Pass

Inside the University 359 - Traditional Guard Pass

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Xande teaches the first pass of this series, which is also his favorite pass. From the crab stance, Xande picks a side and changes his scoop hand to push down on the thigh, and as the leg goes to the mat, he swims his other hand under the other leg. He makes a grip on the collar with his palm facing down. The common reaction by his opponent is to attack his inside arm and look for the triangle, so Xande drives his weight forward and starts walking toward the other side. When Xande gets perpendicular to his opponent, he drops his hips to push the leg aside, and establishes side control.

Inside the University 358 - Setting Up the Crab Stance to Pass

Inside the University 358 - Setting Up the Crab Stance to Pass

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To begin this lesson on passing the guard, Xande teaches the basics of the crab stance. He begins by placing both hands on his opponent's stomach, standing up and pushing the knee to open the guard. Once the guard is open, Xande widens his stance so his knees are behind his opponent's knees, and he squats to find his base. His elbows are on the outside of his own knees, and his hands cup his opponent's thighs. Now from this crab stance, when his opponent moves, Xande moves with him, always keeping these points of connection in tact.

Inside the University 357 - Escaping the Technical Mount

Inside the University 357 - Escaping the Technical Mount

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Coming back to his first point, Saulo emphasizes the importance of keeping your elbow attached to your body and using it to block your opponent's hips, and keeping your bottom leg glued to the mat while he's mounted on you. Now when your opponent switches to technical mount and tries to put the pressure on you, bridge to bump him forward, rather than to the side. Now you can hip escape to create the space needed to replace the guard.

Inside the University 356 - Switching Your Hips when Escaping the Mount

Inside the University 356 - Switching Your Hips when Escaping the Mount

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Breaking down the mount escape further, Saulo shows the key details in switching your hips from one side to the other. His initial hip escape is generated by pushing off his top foot to back away from his opponent. After creating some space, he pushes hard off his bottom foot, and quickly swings his body so his hips are facing the other side. Now he is in position to replace his guard.

Inside the University 355 - Principles of Escaping the Mount

Inside the University 355 - Principles of Escaping the Mount

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Saulo breaks down the key points in surviving and escaping the mount. His first reaction is to get on his side and keep his elbows attached to his body. His bottom leg stays glued to the mat and his top leg keeps his foot on its side to push off the mat. In this position, he is in survival mode and safe from danger. To escape, he uses his top leg foot to push off and make a little bridge, before escaping his hips to replace the guard.

Inside the University 354 - Three Micro Movements to Replace Guard

Inside the University 354 - Three Micro Movements to Replace Guard

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Saulo breaks down the three main points of the previously shown escape when your opponent is on your side. First, his top arm stays attached to his body, and his elbow and shoulder make his shield. Second, he rolls onto his bottom elbow to sit up, rather than trying to move his arm out to make a post. Finally, he pushes off both feet to escape his hips, and then turns back to face his opponent.

Inside the University 353 - Replacing Guard after Opponent has Passed Your Legs

Inside the University 353 - Replacing Guard after Opponent has Passed Your Legs

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Saulo teaches some basic defense and guard replacement when his opponent is past his legs and looking to establish side control. His first step is to turn his hips away and frame against his opponent's biceps. He pushes off to create distance, scooting away with help from his forearm posted on the mat, and turns his hips back the other way to replace the guard.

Inside the University 352 - Takedown to Armbar

Inside the University 352 - Takedown to Armbar

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Victor Hugo , World Champion in the Purple Belt Ultra Heavyweight Division and Silver Medalist in the Open Class Division, shows a takedown to submission he used in the 2017 World Championships. First Victor makes a grip on the back of his opponent's gi and the sleeve, and then he sweeps the foot, taking him down. He passes to knee on belly right away with the X-pass and his opponent turns his back, trying to roll away. Victor grabs the arm and traps it against his body, gripping his own collar. He steps his leg over the head, and sits back to finish the armbar.

Inside the University 351 - Sit Up Single Leg Sweep from De La Riva Guard

Inside the University 351 - Sit Up Single Leg Sweep from De La Riva Guard

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Yan "Pica-Pau" Lucas, who won third place in the Black Belt Lightweight Division at the 2017 World Championship, shows a sweep he used from the De La Riva guard. While hugging his own thigh to help trap the leg, he pulls out his opponent's far lapel and steps on it. His opponent reacts by stuffing the foot, so Yan sits up to S-position and feeds the lapel to his other hand through the legs. Now he pivots and lays down to Reverse De La Riva. He brings his free leg in to shin on shin, grabs the sleeve, and pushes his opponent away with his shin. His opponent tries to defend by standing up, so Yan stands with him, and finishes the single leg takedown.