Ribeiro Self Defense 5 - Reacting to Contact

Ribeiro Self Defense 5 - Reacting to Contact

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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

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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

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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.

Ribeiro Self Defense 2 - Escaping when Grabbed from Behind with Arms Trapped

Ribeiro Self Defense 2 - Escaping when Grabbed from Behind with Arms Trapped

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Covering more details on the escape when grabbed from behind, Saulo emphasizes the importance of immediately shrugging your shoulders as high as you can once contact is initiated. He also pivots and turns himself to the side, but is careful not to drop his level too much, as this will open his neck up for attack. From here he shimmies his shoulders until he creates the space he needs to turn and face his attacker.

Ribeiro Self Defense 1 - Principles of Self Defense

Ribeiro Self Defense 1 - Principles of Self Defense

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When practicing self defense, Saulo emphasizes that the first rule is to assume the aggressor is always stronger. Also, focus on acting in the first second of the attack, and also control your breathing to prevent yourself from tensing up immediately. Another key point, which is a common mistake, is not to drop your level when someone grabs you from behind with your arms trapped, as this will make your neck easier to grab hold of. Instead, shrug your shoulders up and open your body to the side.

Ribeiro Fundamental Floor Drills 10 - Hip Escape

Ribeiro Fundamental Floor Drills 10 - Hip Escape

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Covering some principles of the hip escape, when turning to his side, Saulo keeps his hands to his chest rather than pushing them away. He also keeps his legs slightly bent instead of straightening them out all the way. Another point he makes is that when moving to the shrimp position, it should be one fluid movement. And if he chooses to turn belly down, he takes small steps and keeps his belly off the mat so he doesn't get caught laying flat on his stomach.

Ribeiro Fundamental Floor Drills 9 - Back Roll to Shoulder Spin

Ribeiro Fundamental Floor Drills 9 - Back Roll to Shoulder Spin

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In another variation of the back roll, Saulo looks over his shoulder as he rolls back on to it, and plants both his feet behind him at an angle. Keeping his foot opposite of the shoulder he's on planted, he slides his other leg underneath as he pivots on his shoulder. He rotates all the way through until he is facing his original direction with both legs in front of him in a seated position.

Ribeiro Fundamental Floor Drills 8 - Front Roll

Ribeiro Fundamental Floor Drills 8 - Front Roll

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For the front roll, Saulo begins by getting in his headquarters stance, which is a wide base squat with his elbows inside his legs. He leans forward to post his hand on the mat and then his elbow. Next he makes sure to look back as his shoulder hits the mat and continues his momentum to roll forward over his shoulder. If he wants to stop, he can slap his arm and leg on the mat like a break fall. He also has the option to continue the roll back to his feet.

Ribeiro Fundamental Floor Drills 7 - Back Roll

Ribeiro Fundamental Floor Drills 7 - Back Roll

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For the back roll, you can start either from a standing squat position or already seated on the ground. From the ground, you can grab your collars and roll back, picking a side and turning your head toward that shoulder as you roll over it. From standing, you first do a back fall, and then use the momentum to complete the roll, again looking toward the shoulder you are rolling over.

Ribeiro Fundamental Floor Drills 6 - Back Fall

Ribeiro Fundamental Floor Drills 6 - Back Fall

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Now Saulo covers the back fall, emphasizing how he keeps the arch in his body and doesn't let his legs come back over his head. Rather, he extends them a little and keeps them in front to protect himself from attack. Another key detail when doing a technical standup after a back fall, is to keep your line of vision forward rather than looking down at the ground.

Ribeiro Fundamental Floor Drills 5 - Side Fall

Ribeiro Fundamental Floor Drills 5 - Side Fall

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Now covering the fundamental side fall, when Saulo swings his falling leg to the inside, his standing leg squats a little to lower himself toward the ground. He also keeps his back arched forward a bit to help him roll when he hits the ground, and he can use the rolling momentum to stand right back up to protect himself if need be.

Ribeiro Fundamental Floor Drills 4 - Hip Switch

Ribeiro Fundamental Floor Drills 4 - Hip Switch

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When do the hip switch movement, Saulo keeps his hips facing forward in his neutral position, and as he advances forward he is switching his hips to both sides, one after the other. He stays light on his feet, but not jumping off the mat. He also keeps his elbows in and his hands resting, and as always, much focus is on his breath matching his movement.