Inside the University 573 - Finer Details of Your Choking Grips

Inside the University 573 - Finer Details of Your Choking Grips

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When making his grip for the cross collar choke, Xande slides his hand down the lapel and grabs with his wrist staying connected to the neck. His general rule of thumb is when placing his second hand on the lapel, if he goes in palm up, the hand goes under his first, and If he goes palm down, the hand goes over the first hand.


Inside the University 572 - Applying the Cross Collar Choke from Mount

Inside the University 572 - Applying the Cross Collar Choke from Mount

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While applying the choke from mount, Xande points out two things not to do, which are thrusting your body forward and opening your elbows. Instead, he brings his elbows in to hips to tighten the choke. Another detail is he puts his on the ground on the same side of his top hand. Whether you use your finger fingers or thumb in when applying the choke is a personal preference.

Inside the University 571 - Dropping Your Hip to Maintain Mount

Inside the University 571 - Dropping Your Hip to Maintain Mount

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One nice trick Xande uses to maintain mount control when his opponent bumps him hard is to drop his hip. Sometimes he can keep his hip on top of his opponent's hip, and sometimes his opponent turns to his side and Xande sprawls his leg out as he drops his hip and is almost behind his opponent.

Inside the University 570 - Maintaining Mount with One Collar Grip

Inside the University 570 - Maintaining Mount with One Collar Grip

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Now Xande is looking for his cross collar choke, but first he must make sure he keeps his mount position after making his first collar grip. He uses his free hand to post on the mat and help keep his base. With his collar grip hand, he keeps his elbow close to his hips, and avoids using it to put pressure on the chest, as this will make it easier for his opponent to roll him.

Inside the University 569 - Distributing Your Weight In Mount

Inside the University 569 - Distributing Your Weight In Mount

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Answering a student's question on weight distribution, Xande explains that the biggest detail for him is to keep his toes in, underneath the butt. Also, he is not squeezing his knees together, as this will make him easier to be put off balance.

Inside the University 568 - Maintaining the Mount

Inside the University 568 - Maintaining the Mount

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When taking the mount position, Xande makes sure he is not too high or too low on his opponent's torso. He likes to keep his knees just below the armpits and places the soles of his feet agains his opponent's butt. From here he shows how he shifts his weight to maintain the mount when his opponent bumps straight up, bumps to either side or turns to either side.

Inside the University 567 - Developing Proper Timing

Inside the University 567 - Developing Proper Timing

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Wrapping up the lesson for the day, Saulo speaks on the importance of training with the right goal in mind. In this case, the training partners must be on the same page and cooperate with each other in order to develop the proper timing of the sweep. This lesson can be extended to everyday practice.

Inside the University 566 - Half Guard Sweep Demonstrated in Live Training

Inside the University 566 - Half Guard Sweep Demonstrated in Live Training

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Fabio demonstrates his sweep in a live situation while training partners get the escrima and try to pass his guard.

Inside the University 565 - Getting Top Position After You Bridge

Inside the University 565 - Getting Top Position After You Bridge

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Touching on a few details, Fabio shows that he is not rolling immediately after bridging his opponent off him. He steers the wheel with his grips to roll his opponent, and then he can either bring his outside leg over or his inside leg underneath to get to the top. He also points out the difference of having a low escrima which is ineffective, and a high escrima which can immobilize the arm.

Inside the University 564 - Bridge Sweep from Half Guard when Opponent has Escrima

Inside the University 564 - Bridge Sweep from Half Guard when Opponent has Escrima

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Guest instructor and old student of Saulo's, Fabio Lewin, shows his specialty sweep from the half guard when his opponent has the escrima or underhook on him. First Fabio turns his hips to the outside and makes a grip on the knee of the trapped leg. Now he his other grip goes either to the other knee or reaches over the arm and grabs the belt if his opponent gets that side escrima as well. Next he plants both feet on the mat and bridges high, rolling his opponent off him, and turns belly down to come to the top position.

Some of the World's Best Jiu Jitsu Practitioners in Action

Some of the World's Best Jiu Jitsu Practitioners in Action

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Here's a small sample of the many amazing guest instructors we have for you here on the BJJ Library. Take your pick and check out a series you haven't seen yet.

Inside the University 563 - Turning to Your Side

Inside the University 563 - Turning to Your Side

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Fine tuning the tripod sweep, Gustavo stresses the importance of turning to your side so your hips are facing your opponent instead of staying flat on your back. Otherwise your opponent can keep a strong base and not be swept. Also, whether this series is the one for you or not, it's key to have a go to technique for when you need to score a quick two points in competition.