Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 1 - Interview with Saulo

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 1 - Interview with Saulo

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Saulo sits down with Dominyka Obeylenyte for an in depth interview about life and Jiu-Jitsu. Dominyka is the 2015 and 2016 Black Belt World Champion of the female Super Heavy and Absolute Divisions, as well as World Champion at blue, purple and brown belts. She received her Black Belt from Marcelo Garcia, and is currently training with Team Fabio Clemente.


Inside the University 338 - Armbar when Opponent Pulls Guard

Inside the University 338 - Armbar when Opponent Pulls Guard

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Xande shows the final submission he used, which is the fastest he's ever submitted an opponent. His opponent pulls guard, but since he did not control Xande's sleeve on the side of the foot he used on the hip, Xande immediately used the X-pass to get to side. His opponent went for the single leg, but Xande got the underhook and dropped his weight. He steps all the way over the head to the other side, and spins to take the armbar, while his other hand reaches to grab the knee.

Inside the University 337 - Armbar from Closed Guard

Inside the University 337 - Armbar from Closed Guard

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Xande breaks down the submission he used in one of his recent fights, which is a basic armbar from closed guard. Xande first attempts a basic cross choke, while his opponent is pushing him away and keeping his arms straight. After escaping his hips and breaking his opponent's posture, Xande climbed his legs high, above the shoulder, trapping the arm. Now he just brings his leg over the head to finish the armbar.

Inside the University 336 - Finishing the Choke

Inside the University 336 - Finishing the Choke

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Xande focuses on the proper way to position your hand when choking from the back. A common mistake is when people keep their palm facing away, rather than facing up, so they can look at their watch, as Xande says. He also shows some options using his other hand underneath his opponent's arm.

Inside the University 335 - Choke from Technical Mount

Inside the University 335 - Choke from Technical Mount

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Xande gets the mount on his opponent, but before he can make any grips, the guy turns to his side, so Xande switches to the technical mount position. Xande reaches under his opponent's arm to open the lapel to the outside, and his other hand comes under the neck and grabs with his thumb inside. Here he has many options to finish the choke, including using his free hand behind the neck, sitting back for the bow and arrow, or staying on the back and rolling through if his opponent rolls.

Inside the University 334 - Two Basic Ways to Hold Side Control

Inside the University 334 - Two Basic Ways to Hold Side Control

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Xande shows two of the basic ways to hold side control when you are facing your hips toward your opponent. The first and most basic is with your bottom leg in front and your top leg posted with the knee up. However, for this position, he switches his legs so his top leg is in front. This will allow him to slide his hips over the torso when he goes for mount.

Inside the University 333 - Mounting from Side Control

Inside the University 333 - Mounting from Side Control

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From side control, Xande is anchoring himself down with the underhook and either crossface or a grip on the shoulder, while his opponent tries to face him and push him off. Xande slides his hip up his opponent's torso, and continues sliding his entire leg, until his foot crosses over to mount. Xande emphasizes the importance of using his hip to slide across first, not his knee.

Inside the University 332 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Inside the University 332 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

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Breaking down another fight, Xande's opponent is playing half guard with the knee shield, and the classic collar and sleeve grips. Xande first whizzers the leg, and after attempting a weave pass, he swam his hand inside and made a collar grip on his opponent. Now he grabs the pants with his other hand and puts some pressure down. His opponent reacts by pushing back, giving Xande the opportunity to stand up, push the leg inside and jump to the other side. His opponent reacts by trying to turn back into him, so Xande makes a cross face and maintains side control.

Inside the University 331 - Four Fingers VS Thumb when Choking

Inside the University 331 - Four Fingers VS Thumb when Choking

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Xande talks about choking your opponent from the mount, with four fingers in the lapel versus your thumb in the lapel. His preferred grip is with the thumb in, because it allows him to make a deeper grip in the collar. Another detail is that while finishing the choke, he puts his head on the mat to the side of his top hand.

Inside the University 330 - Cross Choke from Mount

Inside the University 330 - Cross Choke from Mount

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Breaking down another one of his fights, Xande has mounted his opponent, and he defends by turning on his side to block Xande's leg. Immediately, Xande goes to the technical mount and grabs the cross collar with the thumb inside, and flattens him out. Because he didn't feel he had a great grip, Xande let go of the collar to open the other collar, and make a cross grip with his other hand. At this point, his opponent turned back on his side, so Xande moved around, placing his chest on the back. Next he reached his free hand over the head and opened the neck with his forearm to make his second collar grip. Now he could bring his forearm across the throat and go back to full mount to finish the choke.

Inside the University 329 - Paper Cutter Choke from North South

Inside the University 329 - Paper Cutter Choke from North South

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From north south position, Xande's opponent is focusing on defending the Kimura, so he stays flat on his back and his arm ended up underneath Xande's armpit. Xande threads his arm underneath his opponent's arm, with his palm up, and grabs the collar with his four fingers inside. With his other hand, he makes a grip on the other side collar with his thumb inside. Now he walks to the side of his first grip, and connects his elbows to finish the paper cutter choke.

Inside the University 328 - Half Guard Shin Cut Pass

Inside the University 328 - Half Guard Shin Cut Pass

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Xande breaks down his guard pass from a fight that his opponent pulled half guard. Once his opponent pulls, Xande immediately places his hand on the chest and extends his arm to keep a lot of pressure on him. His other hand makes a grip on the sleeve, and he steps himself back so he can knee cut across his opponent's shin. It's important that he gets low enough and points his knee back, rather than doing a traditional knee cut across the thigh. Once he breaks through the legs, he drops his weight on his opponent's hips, and works his way to side control.