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.

Dennis Hallman Series 10 - Kneebar from Half Guard on Top

Dennis Hallman Series 10 - Kneebar from Half Guard on Top

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Dennis is on top in his opponent's half guard, and when his opponent lays flat, he turns away planting his right hand on the mat and stepping his left leg backward to a sitting a position. From here he hugs his opponent's leg and lays back to finish the kneebar. If his opponent figure fours his legs to defend, Dennis can easily peal the leg off with his hand.

Dennis Hallman Series 9 - Spladle/Pretzel Counter to a Single Leg Takedown

Dennis Hallman Series 9 - Spladle/Pretzel Counter to a Single Leg Takedown

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In this position, Dennis' opponent is holding his leg, looking to take him down. Dennis immediately pushes the head to the outside, grabs the chin, and while hooking the near leg with his leg, he drops down and hooks the other leg with his arm. The momentum forces his opponent to roll and Dennis controls the spladle position from his back, and he can finish the pretzel by placing the leg behind his head.

Dennis Hallman Series 8 - Seat Belt Toss from Single Leg

Dennis Hallman Series 8 - Seat Belt Toss from Single Leg

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Dennis has his opponent's single leg with his left arm and his right arm is reaching around the back to grab the hip. His opponent defends by placing the whizzer, so Dennis steps in with his left leg and drives his hips forward as he tosses his opponent over his right shoulder.

Dennis Hallman Series 7 - Arm Lock from Arm Triangle

Dennis Hallman Series 7 - Arm Lock from Arm Triangle

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Dennis is trying to finish an arm triangle choke, but his opponent is defending by putting his hand to his ear as if he's talking on the phone. Dennis grabs the wrist with his outside hand and feeds it to his inside hand. Next he holds the wrist with both hands and puts his head at the elbow to act as a fulcrum. Now he uses his outside hand to pull the wrist away, finishing a sort of key lock.

Dennis Hallman Series 6 - Howdy Neck Crank

Dennis Hallman Series 6 - Howdy Neck Crank

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Again Dennis steps over the head, and his opponent pushes the leg so he sets up his head lock trapping the arm with his body. Rather than turn away, this time his opponent tries to turn into him. Dennis now hops to the other side of the body and lifts the head as he squeezes, finishing a painful neck crank.