Inside the University 528 - Grip Breaking

Inside the University 528 - Grip Breaking

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During the stand up fight, Saulo's opponent has the traditional collar and sleeve grip, as does Saulo. To break, he slides his hand down from the triceps to the end of the sleeve. His other hand cups the inside of the wrist, and he leans back as he pushes the wrist to break the collar grip. Now to break the sleeve grip, he aggressively pulls his arm and pivots about 90 degrees.


Inside the University 527 - Saulo Sparring Murilo Ninja Rua

Inside the University 527 - Saulo Sparring Murilo Ninja Rua

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Old school MMA fighter Murilo Ninja Rua visited the University of Jiu Jitsu and had a sparring session with Saulo.

Inside the University 526 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Legs

Inside the University 526 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Legs

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Covering several possibilities you could encounter while trying to pass the open guard, Saulo shows some different reactions you should train yourself for. If his opponent sits up with his feet on the ground, he doesn't worry about the legs, but just controls the shoulder. When he does engage the legs, Saulo will either knee slice to the inside, or sprawl and smash to the outside.

Inside the University 525 - Establishing Headquarters

Inside the University 525 - Establishing Headquarters

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Focusing on the beginning of the pass, Saulo breaks down establishing a solid base in headquarters. Once he slaps the legs and steps inside, he keeps his feet flat on the ground and squats low, sitting on the foot. Here he can sway side to side in a comfortable stance, and not telegraph to his opponent which side he wants to pass.

Inside the University 524 - Passing from Headquarters

Inside the University 524 - Passing from Headquarters

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Now from the top, Saulo slaps the shins to the side as he steps in to his headquarters position, squatting with one of his oppoent's legs between his. He keeps a low base and stays agile, ready to move to either side. Now if his opponent turns to the inside, he puts his hand on the shoulder to stop him and passes with the knee slice. If his opponent turns to the outside, he drops his weight to smash pass.

Inside the University 523 - Side Stepping and Dropping

Inside the University 523 - Side Stepping and Dropping

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Correcting some mistakes, Saulo points out not to step up on your opponent for this drill. By doing so, you give your legs for him to attack. Instead, he just stepping to the side, which gives him the space to drop down and smash if his opponent tries to sit up or come at him.

Inside the University 522 - Open Guard Passing Drill

Inside the University 522 - Open Guard Passing Drill

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Saulo's opponent is on his back with both feet up in the open guard, so Saulo steps in with his lead leg landing on his opponent's shin. He squats down and pushes forward a bit, causing his opponent to react by pushing back out. Saulo uses his opponent's momentum to throw the legs aside as he steps to the other side, ready to pass. Then he repeats the drill, changing sides.

Inside the University 521 - Isolating the Arm

Inside the University 521 - Isolating the Arm

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Now Gustavo fine tunes some of the details of trapping the arm. He also shows how he can set up the same armbar from other guard passes. The main point of focus is to use his elbow to pin and isolate the arm he wants as soon as his opponent turns away.

Inside the University 520 - Armbar from Side Control when Opponent Tries to Turn Away

Inside the University 520 - Armbar from Side Control when Opponent Tries to Turn Away

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After Gustavo passes to the side, his opponent tries to turn away to escape, exposing his back. Gustavo controls the head with one arm and his other arm traps his opponent's arm to his body. After stopping his opponent from rolling, Gustavo brings his shin along the back, sitting in the S-position. From here he can use his elbow to pinch the arm, and he falls back, throwing his other leg over the head to finish the armbar.

Inside the University 519 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Hooks

Inside the University 519 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Hooks

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Now Gustavo touches the importance of keeping his knees bent, reacting fast and being able to switch sides if necessary. Whenever he feels his opponent has weak hooks, he goes right for the knee cut. But sometimes the hooks are really strong, he may need to take an extra step to the side in order to create the space he needs to cut across the shin.

Inside the University 518 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Inside the University 518 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

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Again from inside his opponent's knee shield guard, Gustavo is controlling the position with his grip at the hip and his hand pressing down the bottom shoulder. But now he switches so his other hand presses the other shoulder, and he makes a grip on the bottom knee. He rises to his feet and pulls his opponent square to him, and then cuts his knee across the shin to pass to side control.

Inside the University 517 - Knee Shield Passing Drill

Inside the University 517 - Knee Shield Passing Drill

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Here Gustavo shows a drill to practice setting up a pass from the knee shield half guard. While on his knees, Gustavo gets on his toes and makes a grip on the pants at the hip, and presses down on the far shoulder. Putting his weight on his opponent, he raises his knees and walks to the other side, smashing his opponent's legs. Now he lets his opponent reset the knee shield on the opposite side and goes again. This drill will help set up the next pass.