Inside the University 890 - The Difference Between Exercise and Technique

Inside the University 890 - The Difference Between Exercise and Technique

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Xande explains to some newer students the difference between drilling an exercise and drilling a technique. In this case, he saw some of the white belts rolling to their bellies like they did during the warm up drill, and explains how the rolling is practice to get the movement down but not to be used in a practical situation.


Inside the University 889 - Creating Space and Leverage by Rotating Your Body

Inside the University 889 - Creating Space and Leverage by Rotating Your Body

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Going back to the side roll mobility warmup drill from last week, Xande shows one way he applies that movement into his Jiu Jitsu, in this case from his knee shield guard. After placing his shield and pushing off with it, he not only extends his upper body, but rotates it as he did in the rolling drill. This gives him the space and leverage he needs to prop himself up on his elbow and recover to a better position. The scissoring of the legs and rotation of the body are the keys to this movement.

Inside the University 888 - Collar Guard High Knee Cut Pass

Inside the University 888 - Collar Guard High Knee Cut Pass

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Next is a pass that Xande used after surgery when he could only use one arm. From a headquarters position, he matches the collar grip of his opponent and slides his knee up to touch his forearm. From here his opponent cannot place his shield, so when he tries to bump, Xande cuts the knee through to pass the guard.

Inside the University 887 - Collar Guard Side Step Pass

Inside the University 887 - Collar Guard Side Step Pass

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Xande's opponent grabs his collar, and Xande is staying on his feet, keeping a low base. He makes his own collar and sleeve grips, and pulls the collar down, causing his opponent to react by pulling back up. Xande uses this time to side step to the other side drop his ribs on his opponent's ribs to establish side control.

Inside the University 886 - Switching Your Hips to Establish the Pass

Inside the University 886 - Switching Your Hips to Establish the Pass

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Here Xande emphasizes the importance of not stopping in the middle when he switches his hips after turning his opponent for the wheel pass. He back steps with the turn, and his hips end up facing his opponent. Then switches very quick to face the other direction and get his hip on his opponent's hip.

Inside the University 885 - Wheel Pass

Inside the University 885 - Wheel Pass

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Xande shows one of his favorite guard passes when his opponent is playing a collar guard. His first reaction is to make a collar and pants grip. Now he must leverage his opponent so he is sitting on his butt, making it easier to spin him. He uses his grips to turn him like a steering while, while dropping his forearm to the mat and his head under the chin. Now he can establish side control and secure the pass.

Inside the University 884 - Mobility Side Roll Warm Up Drill

Inside the University 884 - Mobility Side Roll Warm Up Drill

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To warm up, Xande introduces a mobility drill where he continually rolls over his side. He first leads with his hips, then follows with his torso, while keeping his feet connected to the floor at all times.

Inside the University 883 - Xande Sparring with Rafael Lovato Jr.

Inside the University 883 - Xande Sparring with Rafael Lovato Jr.

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Two BJJ legends, Xande and Rafael Lovato Jr. have a sparring session.

Inside the University 882 - Rafael Lovato Jr. Sparring with Nick Schrock

Inside the University 882 - Rafael Lovato Jr. Sparring with Nick Schrock

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Rafael Lovato Jr. and Nick Schrock spar during class at the University,

Inside the University 881 - Xande Sparring with Papalegua

Inside the University 881 - Xande Sparring with Papalegua

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Xande spars with his student Papalegua, who is also a Capoeira master.

Inside the University 880 - Where to Position Your Knee on the Belly

Inside the University 880 - Where to Position Your Knee on the Belly

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Now both Saulo and Xande share their personal preferences of where they like to position their knees to keep good knee on belly control. Saulo has shorter legs and prefers a lower position, where as Xande prefers to keep his up higher toward the chest. Each offers its advantages and disadvantages.

Inside the University 879 - Establishing and Escaping Knee on Belly

Inside the University 879 - Establishing and Escaping Knee on Belly

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First Saulo goes over getting to knee on belly from side control, by first going hip to hip on his opponent and then sliding his knee up to the belly. To escape when on bottom, he turns away and brings his knee and elbow together, as he did during the kick the door movement, and uses his leverage to push off and turn back into his opponent to attack the single leg.