Inside the University 674 - Love for Jiu Jitsu

Inside the University 674 - Love for Jiu Jitsu

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To open class, Saulo speaks on the importance of having a love for Jiu Jitsu, training with his brother Xande, and what it takes to be a champion.


Inside the University 673 - Taking the Back from the Guard Pass

Inside the University 673 - Taking the Back from the Guard Pass

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Now Gustavo can do any of his passes, but once he gets to the side, his opponent tries to escape by turning away from him. First he grabs his seat belt and brings his knee up high behind his opponent's head. With his legs in the S position, he lifts his opponent onto his leg and keeps his elbow tight to his thigh. He throws his top hook over and pulls him back as he rolls to the other side, giving him the space to throw in his second hook and establish back control.

Inside the University 672 - Dealing with the Reverse De La Riva Hook

Inside the University 672 - Dealing with the Reverse De La Riva Hook

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Now when Gustavo gets to his feet, his opponent sinks the reverse De La Riva hook in deep behind his butt. Gustavo shows two options to deal with this. First he can put his weight into the chest and raise his hips to give him space to windshield wiper the leg. His other option is to cut his knee and slide his shin across his opponent's shin to pass.

Inside the University 671 - Half Guard Pass with Windshield Wiper

Inside the University 671 - Half Guard Pass with Windshield Wiper

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Gustavo stands up with his opponent playing knee shield, and looks for his first pass but his leg gets stuck. Now he steps his inside leg out past his opponent's hips, and steps his other leg in the same direction as he pulls the knee with him. He windshield wipers his leg to free it and pass the guard.

Inside the University 670 - Stay On Your Toes

Inside the University 670 - Stay On Your Toes

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Gustavo emphasizes the very important detail of staying on your toes when doing this passing drill. When he is on his toes, he can keep pressure on his opponent and also can move much faster and react better to his opponent's movements.

Inside the University 669 - Smashing the Half Guard to the Other Side

Inside the University 669 - Smashing the Half Guard to the Other Side

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Gustavo begins on his knees with his opponent framing on him from half guard. Gustavo places his hands on the hip and shoulder, and straightens his arms to push himself away. He comes up on his toes, and pushes the knee as he shuffles himself to the other side, turning his opponent as he goes. He finishes with his weight on his opponent and then repeats to the other side.

Inside the University 668 - Hannette Staack - Half Guard Sweep

Inside the University 668 - Hannette Staack - Half Guard Sweep

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Starting from the same set up with the lapel already in her underhook hand, Hannette feels that Xande is blocking her from going to the back, so she reaches in and grabs his sleeve with her free hand. She tucks her elbows in and changes her legs so her outside foot is now hooking the inside of Xande's leg. Using her other foot planted on the mat, she shifts her hips underneath Xande several times until she is on the other side and he is completely off balance. Now she can easily roll and sweep Xande, keeping her head tight to his chest and she comes to the top.

Inside the University 667 - Hannette Staack - Back Take from Half Guard

Inside the University 667 - Hannette Staack - Back Take from Half Guard

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Special guest and multiple time world champion, Hannette Staack, shows a couple of her favorite half guard positions during her surprise visit to the University of Jiu Jitsu. Starting from half guard with her underhook reaching across the back and her head tight to the chest, Hannette opens the lapel with her free hand and feeds it to her underhook. Next she swims her free hand between herself and Xande, feeding the lapel to it, and her underhook reaches up to grab the back of the collar. Now she kicks her leg and pushes the collar, creating space for her to sit up to his back. With Xande in turtle, she can throw her free leg over the back and sink in her hook to establish back control.

Inside the University 666 - Leg Weave Pass

Inside the University 666 - Leg Weave Pass

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To set up the leg weave pass, Xande weaves his arm under the knee shield and cups the thigh of the bottom leg. He drops his weight so he that the side of his head puts pressure down on the chest, and then gets up on his toes to drive in with more pressure. He grabs his opponent's arm at the sleeve and pulls it tight to his body. Now to pass his leg, he can either windshield wiper or knee cut.

Inside the University 665 - Keeping Your Hips Flat

Inside the University 665 - Keeping Your Hips Flat

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Xande points out a key detail of not angling your hip too much when in the over-under. While staying on his toes and keeping pressure with his shoulder, he turns his hips just enough so his thigh can block his opponent's leg. He does not want to turn so much that he eases his pressure or gets himself off balance.

Inside the University 664 - Over-Under Pass from Combat Base

Inside the University 664 - Over-Under Pass from Combat Base

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Now starting on his feet from the combat base, Xande holds one knee and grabs the pants at the inside of the other knee before stepping to that side. As his opponent turns and looks to block Xande, he lowers his level, brings his elbow inside, shrugs his shoulder to his head and dives in with his head hitting the thigh. He reaches under to grab the belt and drops his shoulder and head into position. After establishing his over-under position, he can pass either way that he's shown.

Inside the University 663 - Over-Under Pass

Inside the University 663 - Over-Under Pass

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Xande's opponent is playing a knee shield guard and blocking his shoulder, so Xande's first step is to grip the belt and the pants. Xande pushes the knee in causing the reaction of his opponent to open his knee, giving Xande space to roll his arm to the inside with his shoulder inside the knee and he reaches under to grab the belt. After getting on his toes, he turns his head toward his hand and drops his shoulder on the stomach. From here he shows two options to pass by either stepping his leg over or windshield wiping his leg over.