Victor Hugo 2019 World Championship Series 1 - Setting Up 50/50 from Closed Guard

Victor Hugo 2019 World Championship Series 1 - Setting Up 50/50 from Closed Guard

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In this series, Victor Hugo shows some of the positions he used to capture double gold as a brown belt at the 2019 World Championship. First he shows how sets up his 50/50 guard from closed guard. When his opponent stands up, he goes for a muscle sweep, but his opponent defends by turning in his knee. Victor drops his leg to bring his knee inside, and drags his opponent's leg over his head to get to 50/50. To secure the position very tight, he feeds his opponent's lapel to his hand coming under the leg. Now his base position is set up, and he is ready to try some attacks.


Inside the University 806 - Reverse Torreando Pass

Inside the University 806 - Reverse Torreando Pass

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When Saulo is passing and gets to the north-south position while standing, he uses a variation of the torreando pass. He keeps his elbows on the inside while gripping the knees, and moves the legs until he finds the gap to collapse the legs and lower his level to establish his pass.

Inside the University 805 - Passing when Your Opponent Inverts

Inside the University 805 - Passing when Your Opponent Inverts

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This time when Saulo is passing, his opponent inverts to keep Saulo in the guard. Now Saulo continues going around til he is around the head in a north south position. From here he forces the legs down and drops his weight to establish side control.

Inside the University 804 - Hitting Through the Defense

Inside the University 804 - Hitting Through the Defense

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Saulo points out the difference of hitting through the defense and going around it. In this type of guard passing, he is using his hips to power his way through his opponent's defense. In order to power through, he drops his base low.

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.