Inside the University 749 - Saulo's Post Worlds Speech

Inside the University 749 - Saulo's Post Worlds Speech

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After the World Championships last weekend, Saulo shares some words with the students at the University of Jiu Jitsu. He also has black belt competitor Gustavo Dias, and brown belt double gold champion Victor Hugo say some words.


Inside the University 748 - When to Pass to the Other Side

Inside the University 748 - When to Pass to the Other Side

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After observing some mistakes, Gustavo shows when and why he steps behind to pass to the other side. He can only do this when his opponent steps his legs across his body, abandoning his shield that was blocking that side to Gustavo before. Once the shield is gone, Gustavo can come back to pass.

Inside the University 747 - Leg Rope Pass to the Other Side

Inside the University 747 - Leg Rope Pass to the Other Side

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This time when Gustavo tries to use the leg rope pass, his opponent stretches his leg across to prevent him from passing. Now Gustavo shows how he comes back to the other side rather than trying to force his pass. In some cases, he can even force his opponent to roll and expose his back, or he can just establish side control.

Inside the University 746 - Moving Laterally While Passing

Inside the University 746 - Moving Laterally While Passing

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Now Gustavo shows some details of the leg rope pass, including how he moves laterally with his hips facing the head, rather than his butt up and hips facing the mat. By moving laterally, he can keep more pressure and close the space so his opponent can't recover guard.

Inside the University 745 - Leg Rope Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 745 - Leg Rope Half Guard Pass

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Showing his favorite way to pass the half guard, Professor Gustavo's first objective is to stay on his toes and drive his weight forward into his opponent's knee shield. He reaches between the legs and cups his opponent's bottom thigh or grabs the pants and pushes down. He hops up to his feet and keeps his weight driving his opponent's knee into his chest. Next he windshield wipers his leg over the bottom leg, and keeps circling to the side until he has cleared the hip. Now he can drop his hip to the mat and walk back to control the legs and establish a strong side control.

World Championship Training Session

World Championship Training Session

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The Jiu Jitsu World Championship is happening right now, and everyone at the University of Jiu Jitsu has been training hard. Here is a little highlight some of the last sparring before the tournament. Enjoy!

Inside the University 744 - Guard Passing Drills

Inside the University 744 - Guard Passing Drills

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Now Xande shows a bullfighter speed passing drill, using the same technique of passing, but going side to side at a faster pace. Also, he explains partial training to his students, in which one person starts inside the closed guard and his objective is to open the guard, while his opponent looks to sweep or submit.

Inside the University 743 - Bullfighter Pass

Inside the University 743 - Bullfighter Pass

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After opening his opponent's guard, Xande grabs both pant legs and pushes the legs in. When he feels his opponent react by pushing back, Xande steps to the side and goes around the legs to establish his knee on belly position. Once he has his knee in place, he lets go of the near pant leg to make a grip on the collar, giving him better control of his opponent.

Inside the University 742 - Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 742 - Opening the Closed Guard

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From inside his opponent's closed guard, Xande makes a grip on the collar and sleeve, puts his weight on his opponent's chest and stands both his legs up. He pinches his knees to keep contact with the legs. He stands straight up, keeping the sleeve grip and placing his elbow inside his thigh. His hand on the collar moves to the inside of the knee, and he pushes it down as he leans his body away from it. As he feels the guard open, he steps his way back and controls both pant legs, ready to pass the guard.

Inside the University 741 - Protect Yourself and Recover Your Guard

Inside the University 741 - Protect Yourself and Recover Your Guard

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Breaking down the steps of recovering guard, Saulo shows the necessary movements to first protect yourself, and then look to recover guard. His main concern is always to protect himself, which is why he keeps his hands close, and doesn't overextend to reach for his opponent.

Inside the University 740 - Placing Your Hands Under Your Body

Inside the University 740 - Placing Your Hands Under Your Body

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Now Saulo points out that your hands should stay under your body when turning belly down. Many times people will reach for the legs and get stuck because of this. If you are reaching for the legs, it should be in effort to take your opponent down. However, in this case, we are looking to recover guard, so he keeps his hands near his body for protection.

Inside the University 739 - Turning Belly Down

Inside the University 739 - Turning Belly Down

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Tying all his movements together, Saulo shows how to avoid getting stuck in turtle when turning belly down. After escaping his hips and bringing his bottom leg through, he doesn't hang out on his knees, allowing his opponent to set up attacks. Instead he brings his other leg to S position and falls back, where he can reset his guard.