Inside the University 803 - Passing Around Your Opponent's Frames

Inside the University 803 - Passing Around Your Opponent's Frames

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In this position, when Saulo begins to pass to the side, his opponent puts up his frames on Saulo's arm to stop or slow him down. When passing, Saulo likes to have the same side collar and pants grip as he works his way around. In order to get around the frames, he drops his level and aggressively bumps the arms with his hips. Here he shows two options where he can stay on the same side or go around the head to establish side control on the other side.


Inside the University 802 - Becoming a Good Leader

Inside the University 802 - Becoming a Good Leader

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Sensei Saulo begins class with a speech about Jiu-Jitsu, leverage, productivity and leadership.

Inside the University 801 - Defending Right Away

Inside the University 801 - Defending Right Away

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Now Saulo discusses the importance of defending right away, as oppose to taking your time and allowing your opponent to impose his offense. As soon as his opponent starts to open his guard, he immediately shrimps and begins his counter attack.

Inside the University 800 - Preventing the Guard Pass

Inside the University 800 - Preventing the Guard Pass

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Now on bottom, Saulo shows how to react when your opponent opens your closed guard. When his opponent pushes on his knee, Saulo immediately reaches and makes a cross grip on the sleeve, his other hand grips the triceps and his foot goes on the hip. Now he opens his other leg and places it on the shoulder, where he now has some different options to attack.

Inside the University 799 - Creating the Angle to Open the Closed Guard

Inside the University 799 - Creating the Angle to Open the Closed Guard

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Here Saulo stresses the importance of walking to the side after establishing your base, in order to create the angle you need to force your opponent to open his guard. Once he has his angle, he pushes his hips back to force the feet to uncross, so he can begin to pass.

Inside the University 798 - Opening the Closed Guard

Inside the University 798 - Opening the Closed Guard

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To begin the lesson, Saulo first goes over opening the closed guard. Keeping his base low, he shifts over to one side and then stands, but still keeping a low base. He pushes the knee to open the guard and then immediately passes to that side.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 8 - Conclusion

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 8 - Conclusion

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Rafael concludes his seminar, first by stressing the importance of getting past your opponent's knees and staying there, and then answering a few questions about the techniques shown.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 7 - Thumb-In Choke from Three Quarter Mount

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 7 - Thumb-In Choke from Three Quarter Mount

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Now from the knee on body position, Rafael makes a thumb-in collar grip and drops his hips to the outside before sliding across to a three quarter mount. From here, even with his elbow on the mat, it's difficult to finish the choke with his one hand, so he grabs the head and pulls it toward the grip to finish the choke.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 5 - Passing with the Shin Staple and Nearside Underhook

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 5 - Passing with the Shin Staple and Nearside Underhook

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Rafael shows another passing sequence variation from the shin staple, but this time after he gets a nearside underhook, which is his preferred way to use this guard passing system. After getting the nearside underhook, Rafael shows how he can pass with the knee slice, smash pass and straight to mount.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 5 - Passing with the Shin Staple

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 5 - Passing with the Shin Staple

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This time from his knee on body position, Rafael uses his shin staple, which is his shin across his opponent's thigh, pinning it to the mat. He gets his cross face and underhook to control the upper body next. From here, Rafael has a few different ways to pass the guard to side control or mount, depending on his opponent's reaction.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 4 - Side Smash Pass to the Back Side

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 4 - Side Smash Pass to the Back Side

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After polishing up some details of the side smash pass to the mount, Rafael shows another variation when his opponent turns on his side when you smash the legs. Since he can't get a cross face and underhook now, he lowers his head to the chest to push his opponent flat as he steps around to the back side to pass to side control.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 3 - Side Smash Pass

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 3 - Side Smash Pass

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From the half guard, Rafael gets to his knee on body position and makes his grips. This time his opponent pushes him away from the direction he is looking to knee slice, so Rafael turns his body and brings his knee between the legs, smashing both legs now. From here he looks to get the cross face and underhook before inching his way to the mount.