Inside the University 795 - Side to Side Passing Drill

Inside the University 795 - Side to Side Passing Drill

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To start off class, Saulo shows a passing drill to get comfortable moving side to side and passing in either direction. He first dives his arms between his opponent's legs to a double under position. From here he picks a side to force the leg down, and then switches to the other side.


Inside the University 794 - Positioning Yourself in Turtle on Bottom

Inside the University 794 - Positioning Yourself in Turtle on Bottom

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To wrap up the lesson, Saulo shows how to correctly position yourself when on all fours in the turtle position on bottom. He stays always with his hips low, his elbows on the mat to base himself, and he turns on his hip when going to the side.

Inside the University 793 - Anticipating Your Opponent's Reaction

Inside the University 793 - Anticipating Your Opponent's Reaction

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After watching some students work on the back take, Saulo talks about the importance of creating a reaction by your opponent, and anticipating it so you can capitalize on it. He also shows a few ways to finish the position, based on how your opponent reacts after you dive to the ground to take the back.

Inside the University 792 - Staying Connected on the Back

Inside the University 792 - Staying Connected on the Back

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Correcting some mistakes he saw in practice, Saulo emphasizes that you try to pull your opponent down, you create space for him to escape by taking your chest off his back. Instead, stay connected as you dive to the mat and bring him with you.

Inside the University 791 - Controlling and Attacking from Top Turtle Position

Inside the University 791 - Controlling and Attacking from Top Turtle Position

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With his opponent in turtle position, Saulo keeps his hips and chest on his opponent, with his feet pushing off the mat and his hand in the back of the collar. By pushing off his feet, he can move his opponent around and create openings for him to attack. Here he shows a few options to get the back or side control, depending on his opponent's reaction.

Inside the University 790 - Using Your Opponent's Resistance

Inside the University 790 - Using Your Opponent's Resistance

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Further breaking down the details of the stand up control game, now Saulo focuses on causing a reaction from your opponent by pushing or pulling him. When your opponent resists your action, now is the time to get your takedown.

Inside the University 789 - Setting Up the Single Leg or Double Leg Takedown

Inside the University 789 - Setting Up the Single Leg or Double Leg Takedown

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After a detailed breakdown of the collar grip control, Saulo shows how to close the distance to set up a takedown. He breaks his opponent's collar grip with both hands, then walks back with wrist control, bringing his opponent with him. Now he can lower his level and attack the legs for a takedown.

Inside the University 788 - The Basic Movements to Move Your Opponent

Inside the University 788 - The Basic Movements to Move Your Opponent

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Sensei Saulo continues to breakdown the movements of the standup game, stressing the importance of lowering your level when pushing your opponent and shooting for the takedown. He also answers a question about how to circle step to bring your opponent with you.

Inside the University 787 - Walking in the Standup Game

Inside the University 787 - Walking in the Standup Game

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After a long road trip, Sensei Saulo is back at the University and excited to teach. Today he warms up with a basic lesson in walking and moving your opponent in the standup game. With the classic collar and elbow sleeve grip, he shows how to lower your level, and how your legs control both pushing and pulling your opponent when looking to set up your takedown.

Inside the University 786 - Omoplata Escape

Inside the University 786 - Omoplata Escape

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Showing his favorite defense against the omoplata, before his opponent can sit up to try to finish, Rene brings his legs straight up so he's in a headstand and drops down to side control on his opponent.

Inside the University 785 - Switching Sides to Finish the Omoplata

Inside the University 785 - Switching Sides to Finish the Omoplata

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Again Professor Rene's opponent rolls and he stops him on his back. But now instead of doing a forward roll to regain his omoplata control, he shuffles his way over his opponent's head, turning him over as he goes, ending up in the omoplata again. Now his opponent is facing inside and can't roll out of it again.

Inside the University 784 - Taking the Back from Omoplata

Inside the University 784 - Taking the Back from Omoplata

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Professor Rene has his omoplata locked but for whatever reason can't finish it, so instead he looks to take the back. He posts his foot that is over the arm on the mat, along with his hand, to raise himself and place his other leg in for his first hook. Now he throws his leg over the back to get his second hook and establish back control.