Inside the University 628 - Fundamentals of Knee on Belly

Inside the University 628 - Fundamentals of Knee on Belly

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When Xande sets up his knee on belly position, he slides his shin across the stomach, hooking the ribs and keeping his foot off the mat, which allows him to apply more pressure. When his opponent bumps his hips, Xande stretches his body to maintain balance, and follows closely if his opponent tries escaping the hips.


University of Jiu Jitsu Belt Promotions

University of Jiu Jitsu Belt Promotions

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Wrapping up the year, the students at the University of Jiu Jitsu receive their belt promotions.

Inside the University 627 - Pushing Off Your Bottom Leg

Inside the University 627 - Pushing Off Your Bottom Leg

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Answering a student's question, Travis explains how his power to sweep comes from pushing off his bottom leg, not by kicking with his hook leg. If he tries to sweep by kicking, he can push his opponent away from him and give him momentum to hop to the side and easily pass his guard.

Inside the University 626 - Hook Sweep when Opponent Flattens You

Inside the University 626 - Hook Sweep when Opponent Flattens You

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Now while in butterfly guard, Travis' opponent stays really tight and flattens him on his book, closing any space he needs to sweep him. With his overhook belt grip in place, Travis bridges his hips up, creating leverage by driving his shins into the thighs. From here he drops his hips back down fast and has created space for him to stretch his legs and push his opponent back. Now he can escape his hips and finish the hook sweep as he did before.

Inside the University 625 - Shifting the Base

Inside the University 625 - Shifting the Base

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Travis points out a key detail on making sure he stretches his hook leg and keeps it strong, in order to keep his opponent from being too mobile. If done correctly, his opponent should almost be in a sprawl position, and unable to move much in any direction. If need be, he can always post on his hand and escape his hips to reposition himself.

Inside the University 624 - Hook Sweep Using Overhook Grip

Inside the University 624 - Hook Sweep Using Overhook Grip

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From butterfly guard, Travis has an overhook on his opponent and grips the belt while reaching over the back. He closes his elbow tight to keep his opponent locked down. His foot hooks the inside of the same side thigh and he stretches his shin to keep some distance. He grabs the free arm to stop his opponent from posting, and now uses momentum to pull him in and roll on his shoulder, sweeping his opponent and establishing top position.

Inside the University 623 - Introduction to Travis Tooke

Inside the University 623 - Introduction to Travis Tooke

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Saulo introduces guest instructor and Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu affiliate from Houston, Travis Tooke before beginning the BJJ Library class. Travis discusses his start in Jiu Jitsu and the difficulty of learning the art in the United States while it was still hard to find any training during the 90's.

Inside the University 622 - Omoplata Setup from Classic Guard

Inside the University 622 - Omoplata Setup from Classic Guard

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Xande again has the collar and sleeve grips with his spur and shield in place, but this time his opponent decides to stand up. Now Xande places his pedal and squares himself with both feet on the hips. From here he elevates his hips and pinches the arm with his leg, before throwing it over the shoulder to lock his omoplata.

Inside the University 621 - Resetting the Pedal

Inside the University 621 - Resetting the Pedal

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Now Xande emphasizes the importance of resetting the pedal in this series of movements and techniques. When using his diamond defense and knee shield, his number one goal is to get his foot on the hip and control the distance between him and his opponent.

Inside the University 620 - Pivoting from Control Points and Setting Up Spider Guard

Inside the University 620 - Pivoting from Control Points and Setting Up Spider Guard

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Xande has his knee shield guard with his spur in place, and his opponent is trying to hug and control his head. His immediate reaction is to frame against the arm using the diamond defense. Next he removes his spur to place his pedal, and slides his knee shield up to the chest so his foot is on the other hip. Now he squares his hips to his opponent and grabs both sleeves with both feet on the hips, where he can begin to play spider guard.

Inside the University 619 - Using the Pedal to Take the Back

Inside the University 619 - Using the Pedal to Take the Back

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Continuing the lesson using the pedal and the spur, Xande is now in his collar sleeve guard and removes his spur to place his pedal, same as he did in the previous technique. Now when he pushes off to square himself to his opponent, but this time he goes a little further so he is on his hip, and drags the arm across his body as he moves. It is important that his shield leg is now clamping down on the back, and now he can close his side guard to keep his opponent trapped. From here he can reach over the back to grab the armpit and post his other forearm on the mat to help climb his way to the back.

Inside the University 618 - Using Your Pedal and Spur to Retain Guard

Inside the University 618 - Using Your Pedal and Spur to Retain Guard

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While retaining his open guard, two of Xande's greatest assets are his pedal (foot on the hip) and spur (heel behind the thigh). In this drill, when he opens his guard, his opponent steps over his leg to begin passing. This is when Xande places his spur behind the inside leg and keeps control of it, while also keeping his collar gripping arm straight to maintain distance. When he has the chance, he extends his body, creating space for him to remove his spur and place his foot on the outside hip to make his pedal. Now he can push off the hip to square himself and recover guard.