Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 1 - Interview with Saulo

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 1 - Interview with Saulo

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Saulo sits down with guest instructor, Eduardo Rocha, and they discuss his history in BJJ and play "If You Think, You're Late." Eduardo is a 4th degree Black Belt under Royler Gracie, and a 5X Pan American Champion and 3X World Master Champion. He teaches Jiu-Jitsu out of his academy in Oakland, California.


Inside the University 327 - Choke when Opponent Blocks the Mounting Leg

Inside the University 327 - Choke when Opponent Blocks the Mounting Leg

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Saulo has back control, and when his opponent tries to escape, he makes the collar grip and tries to step his leg over as he did previously. However, this time his opponent blocks his leg, so Saulo's immediate reaction is to his his foot behind the leg. Now, using his collar grip, he pulls his opponent all the way to the other side, and stays behind him. From here he can set up a clock choke or bow and arrow choke, depending on his preference and how his opponent reacts.

Inside the University 326 - Trapping the Arm while Taking the Mount

Inside the University 326 - Trapping the Arm while Taking the Mount

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Saulo breaks down a key detail about the previous position of taking the mount from the back. After grabbing the lapel and stepping his leg over the body, Saulo stresses the importance of trapping the arm between his elbow and leg, and pinching it tight to his body. By keeping control of the arm, he can neutralize any of his opponent's potential defenses.

Inside the University 325 - Mounting from Back Control and Finishing with a Choke

Inside the University 325 - Mounting from Back Control and Finishing with a Choke

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Saulo has back control, and his opponent starts to escape by laying his back on his Saulo's leg. The first thing Saulo does is reach across to make a grip on the collar, and then his top leg goes across the body with his foot finding leverage in his opponent's hip. From here, he pulls himself up to the mount, trapping his opponent's arm between his elbow and body. Next, his free hand grabs the collar across the neck, with his thumb in, and he leans forward to use his body pressure to help finish the choke.

Inside the University 324 - Tai Otoshi Drill

Inside the University 324 - Tai Otoshi Drill

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Saulo shows one of his favorite drills to practice his standup game. He makes the traditional collar and triceps grips, and steps forward as he stiffens his arm, causing his opponent to step back. Now he has the space to back step and place his trip leg across his opponent's leg for the Tai Otoshi. It's also important that he pulls up on his opponent's collar and down on the sleeve.

Inside the University 323 - Dead Knee Variation Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 323 - Dead Knee Variation Half Guard Pass

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Saulo stands up in the half guard as he did previously, with one hand gripping the pants and the other putting pressure on the chest. With an emphasis on keeping his knee loose while still locked in the half guard, Saulo shifts his weight to the far side, and then shoves the leg back inside while passing to the far side. It's important that his knee and shin are putting his weight on his opponent's shin for this pass.

Inside the University 322 - Grip Control and Leverage while Passing the Half Guard

Inside the University 322 - Grip Control and Leverage while Passing the Half Guard

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Saulo breaks down some details on the previous half guard pass. He stresses the importance of putting weight on the collar grip to keep his opponent flat, and pushing the pants grip while shaking his leg free. His focus on this pass is to stay loose and pass to whichever side opens up to him.

Inside the University 321 - Half Guard Pass without the Underhook

Inside the University 321 - Half Guard Pass without the Underhook

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Saulo is in his opponent's half guard, and being blocked from getting the underhook, so he drops down and stays heavy on the hips. He grips the pants at the knee and stretches his arm, steps forward with his inside leg, and grabs his opponent's collar to pressure him down before standing up. Now he uses his pants grip to shake his opponent's leg, giving him the space to free his own leg, and pass the guard.

Inside the University 320 - Reverse Half Guard Pass with Back Step then Mount

Inside the University 320 - Reverse Half Guard Pass with Back Step then Mount

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Xande sets up the reverse half guard pass, and his opponent is staying on his side, so Xande keeps scooting his hips up under the armpit. When he has the space, he steps his leg back to pass to side control. Now he traps his opponent's arm tight against his head, and slides his knee across to take the mount.

Inside the University 319 - Reverse Half Guard Pass to Mount

Inside the University 319 - Reverse Half Guard Pass to Mount

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After establishing the reverse half guard, Xande shifts his body so his armpit trapping his opponent's triceps. He drives his knee across the body to the mat and begins moving to the mount. His arm shifts to underneath his opponent's head, still smashing the triceps. Many times his opponent will let the trapped foot slide out at this point, but if not, Xande windshield wipers his other leg to help free his foot and mount.

Inside the University 318 - Reverse Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 318 - Reverse Half Guard Pass

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Xande sets himself up in the reverse half guard and makes sure to free his knee from his opponent's legs. His other leg is tight under the thigh, his hips are pushing up on the elbow and his arm is under the armpit on the far side. He grips his opponent's top leg at the knee, and makes the space to back step his leg out of the half guard. Now he can change his base to establish side control.

Inside the University 317 - Cross Choke with Your Leg from Knee on Belly

Inside the University 317 - Cross Choke with Your Leg from Knee on Belly

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From knee on belly, Xande has the near side collar grip, and his opponent tries to escape by pushing at his knee. Xande drops his weight on his opponent, trapping his arm, and straightens his forearm against the neck. To finish the choke, he steps his leg over the head and squeezes with his arm and leg.