Inside the University 437 - Avoiding Pressure

Inside the University 437 - Avoiding Pressure

Add to Favorites Remove From Favorites 653 187 days ago

Focusing on a common mistake he sees his students making, Gustavo shows how some are crunching their bodies up and actually creating more pressure on themselves. Instead, they should be basing on their elbow and extending their body away from their opponent. Then he has the leverage to straighten his arm and bring his hips high in the air and turn to recover his guard.


Inside the University 436 - Finding Space Under the Head

Inside the University 436 - Finding Space Under the Head

Add to Favorites 607 Remove From Favorites 188 days ago

Answering a student's question about what to do when your opponent buries his head in your chest and doesn't give the space to make a collar grip, Gustavo just pushes the shoulder to defend the pass, and eventually his opponent will move and open the space. It is important, however, that he doesn't push his opponent's head. This will only make passing the guard easier for him.

Inside the University 435 - Defending the Leg Squeeze Pass

Inside the University 435 - Defending the Leg Squeeze Pass

Add to Favorites 691 Remove From Favorites 189 days ago

Professor Gustavo's opponent has both of his legs squeezed and is trying to pass his guard, so first Gustavo bases up on his elbow and reaches his other hand in for a cross collar grip and extends his arm. Pushing the edge of his foot off the floor, Gustavo raises his hips off the mat and turns facing down with his butt high in the air. As soon as he feels his opponent readjust his position, he turns back and replaces his guard.

Inside the University 434 - Extending Your Body Away from Your Opponent

Inside the University 434 - Extending Your Body Away from Your Opponent

Add to Favorites 678 Remove From Favorites 190 days ago

Correcting the most common mistake of his students, Saulo shows how he extends his body away from his opponent after he has connected his elbow and knee. Once his body is straight, then he can escape the hips and bring his inside leg back in to recover his guard. As always, he emphasize the need to drill over and over, repetition is the only way to learn.

Inside the University 433 - Defending from Your Side

Inside the University 433 - Defending from Your Side

Add to Favorites 677 Remove From Favorites 191 days ago

Answering some questions, Saulo stresses the importance of staying on your side after you bridge, and not letting your opponent flatten you out. Also, once your elbow and knee are connected, you must push off to extend your body, and then you will have the space to recover your guard.

Inside the University 432 - Creating Space to Replace Guard

Inside the University 432 - Creating Space to Replace Guard

Add to Favorites 633 Remove From Favorites 192 days ago

Breaking down a common mistake, Saulo stresses the importance of pushing yourself away from your opponent after bridging. Many students will bridge and immediately try to replace the guard, but they do not have the space to succeed. So it is vital to escape your hips and create the space to bring your legs in and recover guard.

Inside the University 431 - Arm Positioning while Defending Side Control

Inside the University 431 - Arm Positioning while Defending Side Control

Add to Favorites 673 Remove From Favorites 194 days ago

When in bottom side control, Saulo advises against bringing your inside arm down to your opponent's hip, as this can expose your neck for attack. Second, his outside arm cups near the top of the head, where he has more control than if he cupped the neck. After he bridges, he uses his arms to push himself away from his opponent, giving him the space he needs to set up his block.

Inside the University 430 - Blocking Side Control

Inside the University 430 - Blocking Side Control

Add to Favorites 807 Remove From Favorites 195 days ago

After your guard has been passed and your opponent establishes side control, it's very important to stay calm and not give up the fight. Next, do not get your hands trapped against yourself or try to push his hips. Instead, Saulo traps his opponent's head by closing his biceps on it. He keeps his other arm attached to his body and his hand loose and free to move around. Now he bridges and while on his shoulder, he connects his inside elbow and knee together to protect his side. Now he is in a good position to keep blocking the side control, and has set himself up to escape when he is ready.

Ribeiro Self Defense 6 - Avoiding Common Mistakes

Ribeiro Self Defense 6 - Avoiding Common Mistakes

Add to Favorites 477 Remove From Favorites 196 days ago

In a multiple attacker scenario, Saulo points out two very common mistakes his student makes. Rather than keeping his posture and turning out to the side, the student bent over and backed into his attacker. Both of these mistakes open him up to more danger, so one must be careful to avoid these.

Ribeiro Self Defense 5 - Reacting to Contact

Ribeiro Self Defense 5 - Reacting to Contact

Add to Favorites 514 Remove From Favorites 197 days ago

When practicing self defense, an important note is to work with different partners using different levels of intensity, starting with a more relaxed pace. This way you can focus on the technique rather than the strength, and learn how to react to different levels of strength.

Ribeiro Self Defense 4 - Guarding with Your Elbows

Ribeiro Self Defense 4 - Guarding with Your Elbows

Add to Favorites 503 Remove From Favorites 198 days ago

Still correcting mistakes, Saulo points out the importance of opening your elbows when shrugging your shoulders to escape. With his elbows out wide, he can guard his face and protect himself from strikes, while shimmying to escape the hold.

Ribeiro Self Defense 3 - Creating Space to Escape

Ribeiro Self Defense 3 - Creating Space to Escape

Add to Favorites 425 Remove From Favorites 199 days ago

Correcting common mistakes he's seen, Saulo stresses the importance of staying relaxed and focusing on the proper technique instead of using all of your strength. Especially since in these scenarios we are assuming the attacker is much stronger. Again, Saulo shows the proper technique of shrugging your shoulders and pivoting before moving your arms to create the space you need to escape the hold.