Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 5 - Passing with the Shin Staple

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 5 - Passing with the Shin Staple

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This time from his knee on body position, Rafael uses his shin staple, which is his shin across his opponent's thigh, pinning it to the mat. He gets his cross face and underhook to control the upper body next. From here, Rafael has a few different ways to pass the guard to side control or mount, depending on his opponent's reaction.


Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 4 - Side Smash Pass to the Back Side

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 4 - Side Smash Pass to the Back Side

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After polishing up some details of the side smash pass to the mount, Rafael shows another variation when his opponent turns on his side when you smash the legs. Since he can't get a cross face and underhook now, he lowers his head to the chest to push his opponent flat as he steps around to the back side to pass to side control.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 3 - Side Smash Pass

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 3 - Side Smash Pass

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From the half guard, Rafael gets to his knee on body position and makes his grips. This time his opponent pushes him away from the direction he is looking to knee slice, so Rafael turns his body and brings his knee between the legs, smashing both legs now. From here he looks to get the cross face and underhook before inching his way to the mount.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 2 - Cross Collar Choke Variation

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 2 - Cross Collar Choke Variation

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After slicing his knee through to pass the guard, Rafael allows his opponent to turn to his side. He keeps his forearm to the chest and drops his shoulder on his body to keep pressure. His free hand reaches down the back to grab the belt, and with these grips, he drops his hip to the mat and steps his leg over, almost to mount. He can squeeze here and finish the choke, similar to a loop choke and a guillotine.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 1 - Knee Slice Pass

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 1 - Knee Slice Pass

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In this series, Rafael Lovato Jr. shows a guard passing sequence centered around him pressuring his knee on his opponent's body from a half guard / knee shield guard. The first position begins as a knee slice pass, but his opponent places the knee shield to stop him, so Rafael flattens him and goes to his central knee on body position. He controls the wrist and makes a strong cross collar grip. He turns his knee hard to create his angle and knock his opponent's leg out of the way, allowing him to slide his leg through for the knee slice pass.

Inside the University 797 - Blocking the Hip

Inside the University 797 - Blocking the Hip

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Saulo points out the importance of putting your head all the way across your opponent's body and using it to pressure down on his hip to flatten him out.

Inside the University 796 - Passing with Head Pressure

Inside the University 796 - Passing with Head Pressure

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Continuing from the passing drill, now Saulo shows how to finish the pass. His main points of focus are to move his hand from the outside leg to control the inside leg, and his head drops to the hip to keep pressure on his opponent. Using this pressure to keep the hips flat, he can now pass the guard.

Inside the University 795 - Side to Side Passing Drill

Inside the University 795 - Side to Side Passing Drill

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To start off class, Saulo shows a passing drill to get comfortable moving side to side and passing in either direction. He first dives his arms between his opponent's legs to a double under position. From here he picks a side to force the leg down, and then switches to the other side.

Inside the University 794 - Positioning Yourself in Turtle on Bottom

Inside the University 794 - Positioning Yourself in Turtle on Bottom

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To wrap up the lesson, Saulo shows how to correctly position yourself when on all fours in the turtle position on bottom. He stays always with his hips low, his elbows on the mat to base himself, and he turns on his hip when going to the side.

Inside the University 793 - Anticipating Your Opponent's Reaction

Inside the University 793 - Anticipating Your Opponent's Reaction

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After watching some students work on the back take, Saulo talks about the importance of creating a reaction by your opponent, and anticipating it so you can capitalize on it. He also shows a few ways to finish the position, based on how your opponent reacts after you dive to the ground to take the back.

Inside the University 792 - Staying Connected on the Back

Inside the University 792 - Staying Connected on the Back

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Correcting some mistakes he saw in practice, Saulo emphasizes that you try to pull your opponent down, you create space for him to escape by taking your chest off his back. Instead, stay connected as you dive to the mat and bring him with you.

Inside the University 791 - Controlling and Attacking from Top Turtle Position

Inside the University 791 - Controlling and Attacking from Top Turtle Position

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With his opponent in turtle position, Saulo keeps his hips and chest on his opponent, with his feet pushing off the mat and his hand in the back of the collar. By pushing off his feet, he can move his opponent around and create openings for him to attack. Here he shows a few options to get the back or side control, depending on his opponent's reaction.