Inside the University 483 - Leg Trip Takedown Drills

Inside the University 483 - Leg Trip Takedown Drills

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Now Rene shows a couple leg trip takedown drills, similar to the kouchi gari and ouchi gari. First is when he and his partner are both standing with the right leg forward. Rene lowers his level and steps in with his right leg hooking behind his opponent's right leg, similar to the kouchi gari, and drives him to the mat. On the second drill, he is standing with left leg forward, so he steps in with his left and hooks his opponent's right leg, similar to the ouchi gari, and drives him to the mat.


Inside the University 482 - Double Leg Takedown Drills

Inside the University 482 - Double Leg Takedown Drills

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To begin class, Professor Rene shows some different double leg takedown drills. First he makes his classic collar and triceps grips on the gi, opens his arms and pulls his opponent to him as he lowers his level, steps his leg in between the legs and grabs behind the knees. In the next drill, his opponent has one leg forward, so Rene steps outside the lead leg, lowers his level so his shoulder is the hip, grabs behind the knees and drives his opponent to the mat.

Inside the University 481 - Omoplata from Lasso Guard with Cross Collar Grip

Inside the University 481 - Omoplata from Lasso Guard with Cross Collar Grip

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Before teaching the second set up for the omoplata, Gustavo notes that you must raise your hips off the mat when looking to throw your leg over the shoulder. Also, once you have the omoplata locked, think about putting the shoulder to the mat so you can finish the submission. For the second set up, after establishing his lasso, he stretches his foot in the biceps leg and turns his hips toward his lasso side. His sleeve grip moves to a collar grip and he lets go of the lasso sleeve to grab the elbow. Now he kicks leg out and pulls the arm, allowing him to throw his leg over the shoulder to lock his omoplata.

Inside the University 480 - Finishing the Omoplata

Inside the University 480 - Finishing the Omoplata

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After setting up the omoplata, Gustavo's main concern is not necessarily to lock a figure 4, but to keep his thighs squeezed together and keep pressure forward so his opponent cannot posture up. He also wants to make sure that his opponent's hand is in his "pocket" next to his hip. His outside hand can keep his opponent's hand in place while his inside hand grabs the belt. After establishing a solid position, he puts both hands on the floor and scoots back to a seated position. Now he reaches over the back, brings his legs to S position, and brings his hips forward to finish the omoplata.

Inside the University 479 - Omoplata from Lasso Guard

Inside the University 479 - Omoplata from Lasso Guard

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From his spider guard, Gustavo turns to one side and sinks his lasso hook in, making sure to pull the grip in tight with his palm facing up. After establishing his position and stopping his opponent's attack, he takes his lasso hook off and brings it shin to shin. Now he uses his shin to kick his opponent's leg back, breaking his posture so he can easily throw the leg over to set up his omoplata.

Inside the University 478 - Lasso Guard Drill

Inside the University 478 - Lasso Guard Drill

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Gustavo once again starts with the spider guard, and his opponent is gripping both of his pants and walks to the side as he did before. As his opponent moves, Gustavo is extending his leg to the same side to keep him at bay. Now to break the other grip, he kicks his leg and pulls the sleeve. From here he loops his leg over the arm and makes his lasso hook, keeping his elbow tight to his body and his palm facing up so his opponent cannot swim his hand outside. After establishing a good lasso guard, he unhooks his lasso so his opponent can move to the other side, where he repeats the drill.

Inside the University 477 - Spider Guard Side to Side Drill with Moving Opponent

Inside the University 477 - Spider Guard Side to Side Drill with Moving Opponent

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Now Gustavo practices the same concept of the previous spider guard drill, but this time his opponent is moving from side to side. As his opponent moves to the side, Gustavo extends his leg on the side he's moving to. He keeps his other leg bent and pulls the sleeve tight to his body. Now his opponent moves to the other side and he continues the drill.

Inside the University 476 - Spider Guard Side to Side Drill

Inside the University 476 - Spider Guard Side to Side Drill

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Showing the first spider guard drill of the night, Gustavo has both sleeve grips and both feet in the biceps. It is very important he does not stay flat on his back, rather is on his side, with his lower leg bent and he upper leg extended. When he transitions to the other side, he bridges off his bent leg foot in the biceps to change his direction, and then extends that same leg. For this drill he just switches back and forth, side to side. Another key point is that his foot remains right in the elbow crease, where he can keep more control of his opponent's arm.

Inside the University 475 - Open Guard Pass

Inside the University 475 - Open Guard Pass

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Knowing his opponent has a strong lasso guard, Saulo looks to avoid falling into his game by approaching the guard from a strong headquarters position, keeping his arms to his body and not extended. He steps in, grabs the shins and pushes them in, causing his opponent to react by kicking his feet back out. Saulo uses this reaction to push the legs to the side and step to the other side, where he can look to use his favorite guard pass.

Inside the University 474 - Sprawling and Pinning the Leg to Pass

Inside the University 474 - Sprawling and Pinning the Leg to Pass

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Saulo has established his headquarters position and is using the bounce motion to create his space to pass. As he bounces out, he drops his hand to his opponent's knee and pushes it to the mat. His same side knee turns out to pin the leg and he sprawls his other leg back. Here he can windshield wiper pass over the leg, or set up another pass.

Inside the University 473 - Importance of the Bounce

Inside the University 473 - Importance of the Bounce

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Throughout his career, Saulo has been able to pass guards because of his bounce. The pushing in and pulling away motion is key in his whole passing game. Whether it's to clear the lasso hook, free his arm from a spider grip or any other kind of grip, the bounce creates space for him to escape. Make sure to incorporate this action/reaction movement into your passing.

Inside the University 472 - Maintaining a Strong Headquarters Position

Inside the University 472 - Maintaining a Strong Headquarters Position

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Correcting some mistakes, Saulo stresses the importance of maintaining a good headquarters position while in someone's guard. This means staying low with a good posture, rather than keeping the hips high and bending over, which will put you in danger. Also, the back and forth hip movement is key in creating the space needed to clear the lasso hook.