Inside the University 521 - Isolating the Arm

Inside the University 521 - Isolating the Arm

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Now Gustavo fine tunes some of the details of trapping the arm. He also shows how he can set up the same armbar from other guard passes. The main point of focus is to use his elbow to pin and isolate the arm he wants as soon as his opponent turns away.


Inside the University 520 - Armbar from Side Control when Opponent Tries to Turn Away

Inside the University 520 - Armbar from Side Control when Opponent Tries to Turn Away

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After Gustavo passes to the side, his opponent tries to turn away to escape, exposing his back. Gustavo controls the head with one arm and his other arm traps his opponent's arm to his body. After stopping his opponent from rolling, Gustavo brings his shin along the back, sitting in the S-position. From here he can use his elbow to pinch the arm, and he falls back, throwing his other leg over the head to finish the armbar.

Inside the University 519 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Hooks

Inside the University 519 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Hooks

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Now Gustavo touches the importance of keeping his knees bent, reacting fast and being able to switch sides if necessary. Whenever he feels his opponent has weak hooks, he goes right for the knee cut. But sometimes the hooks are really strong, he may need to take an extra step to the side in order to create the space he needs to cut across the shin.

Inside the University 518 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Inside the University 518 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

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Again from inside his opponent's knee shield guard, Gustavo is controlling the position with his grip at the hip and his hand pressing down the bottom shoulder. But now he switches so his other hand presses the other shoulder, and he makes a grip on the bottom knee. He rises to his feet and pulls his opponent square to him, and then cuts his knee across the shin to pass to side control.

Inside the University 517 - Knee Shield Passing Drill

Inside the University 517 - Knee Shield Passing Drill

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Here Gustavo shows a drill to practice setting up a pass from the knee shield half guard. While on his knees, Gustavo gets on his toes and makes a grip on the pants at the hip, and presses down on the far shoulder. Putting his weight on his opponent, he raises his knees and walks to the other side, smashing his opponent's legs. Now he lets his opponent reset the knee shield on the opposite side and goes again. This drill will help set up the next pass.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Series Preview

Rafael Lovato Jr. Series Preview

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Rafael Lovato Jr., the most decorated American Jiu Jitsu competitor, returned to the University of Jiu Jitsu to teach an amazing seminar. His Jiu Jitsu has been evolving the last few years since focusing on his MMA career, and he showed us some of the weapons he's been adding to his arsenal. Check out his full seminar if you haven't already.

Inside the University 516 - Switching to the Knee Cut Pass

Inside the University 516 - Switching to the Knee Cut Pass

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Saulo switches his hips and drops down low, but after he pulls his knee free, his opponent is pushing at his head and not allowing him to settle in. Now he can underhook his opponent's arm or "chicken wing" and turn his hips away to knee cut pass. In many cases, he will not even try to pass, but just use his collar grip to finish the choke.

Inside the University 515 - Getting Down Low

Inside the University 515 - Getting Down Low

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Here Saulo emphasizes the importance of getting very low when he switches his hips. By getting low, his opponent does not have the leverage to push him away, and it's easy for Saulo to pull the leg to him and then stretch it away.

Inside the University 514 - Finishing the Choke

Inside the University 514 - Finishing the Choke

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When Saulo makes his grip on the collar, he does not grab too deep, but grips so the edge of his hand is across the throat. Now when he sits back, his elbow is on the floor for better leverage. Now he can grab the pants and shift back to begin to free his leg. As he's passing, then he can put pressure on the neck and go for the choke.

Inside the University 513 - Hip Switch Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 513 - Hip Switch Half Guard Pass

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From inside his opponent's half guard, Saulo makes a thumb in cross collar grip and switches his hips to face his opponent. When he switches, he puts his head heavy on the chest and drops his hips low, placing his outside knee underneath his opponent's thigh. Now he uses his outside shin to block the bottom knee and straightens his arm to open the guard and get his pass. He also has the option to choke, depending on how his opponent reacts.

Dennis Hallman Series 12 - Straight Foot Lock to Toe Hold

Dennis Hallman Series 12 - Straight Foot Lock to Toe Hold

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Continuing from the last position, Dennis is in the 50/50 guard attacking the straight foot lock, and his opponent defends by turning belly down. Rolling with his opponent, Dennis releases his straight foot lock grip and replaces it with a key lock. Now he can crank and finish a toe hold ankle lock.

Dennis Hallman Series 11 - Straight Foot Lock from Half Guard on Bottom

Dennis Hallman Series 11 - Straight Foot Lock from Half Guard on Bottom

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Dennis is on bottom in half guard, and escapes his hips to place his knee shield across the belly and pushes his opponent away. Next he throws his other leg over his opponent's leg, and his opponent reacts by turning and sitting back on his butt. From here Dennis throws his other leg over his opponent's leg to a 50/50 guard and pulls it to the other side where he can attack a straight foot lock.