Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 1 - Basic Footwork

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 1 - Basic Footwork

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In this series, Travis Stevens, a 3X Olympian, a silver medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games, and a BJJ Black Belt, teaches some of the Judo fundamentals that have helped him become the decorated competitor he is. To start off his seminar, he goes over some the very basic and very important footwork needed to perform the techniques he will be showing.


Inside The University 304 - Sweep from Knee Shield Half Guard

Inside The University 304 - Sweep from Knee Shield Half Guard

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Xande is playing the knee shield half guard with the collar and sleeve grips, and his opponent tries to smash his legs down. He uses his collar grip to push his opponent back, and got the underhook, which caused his opponent to sit back, allowing Xande to regain a good collar grip. Now his opponent tries to put the weight back on him, so Xande pulls the collar and pushes the sleeve while kicking back with his leg to sweep him.

Inside The University 303 - Armbar from Back Control

Inside The University 303 - Armbar from Back Control

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Xande is on his opponent's back with both hooks and the seat belt grip. He grabs wrist control as he would a Kimura grip, on the arm that his seat belt goes underneath, which is also the side he is leaning on. When attacking the arm, Xande must make sure that his opponent does not trap his bottom hook with his legs. First, Xande puts his top foot on the hip and brings his bottom leg across the belly. Now his top leg swings over the head, and he is now in position to finish the armbar.

Inside The University 302 - Jumping Guard Pass

Inside The University 302 - Jumping Guard Pass

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With his opponent's guard open, Xande is basing with his legs wide and square, and using his collar grip to pull himself in and put pressure on his opponent. While pushing in the chest and gripping the pants on the outside leg, Xande jumps his feet back one after the other, and pushes the leg to the side so he can pass the guard.

Inside The University 301 - Passing the Closed Guard

Inside The University 301 - Passing the Closed Guard

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Xande's opponent has just jumped closed guard on him, so he squats with a strong base, grips his opponent's lapel and brings his elbow inside the knee. His other hand pushes down on the other knee to open the guard, and when his opponent hits the mat, Xande drives his knee on the lapel grip side to the floor, across his opponent's shin. From here he can either back step to finish the pass, or drop his hips, get the underhook and work his half guard passes.

Inside The University 300 - Lasso Guard Sweep

Inside The University 300 - Lasso Guard Sweep

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Continuing from the lasso guard, Gustavo has his lasso hook deep and his other foot is in the biceps, stretching the arm. He removes his lasso hook from the armpit and brings it across to hook behind the knee, causing his opponent to lower his base. Now he moves the foot in the biceps to the mat, while switching his grip from the sleeve to the collar. He pulls with his grips and kicks with his hook to sweep his opponent.

Inside The University 299 - Triangle and Omoplata from Lasso Guard

Inside The University 299 - Triangle and Omoplata from Lasso Guard

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While transitioning his lasso guard from side to side as shown in the previous drill, Gustavo drops his foot heavy in his opponent's biceps and raises his hips. His other foot plants on the hip for more leverage, and he can throw it up to lock a triangle, or throw it over the shoulder to lock an omoplata.

Inside The University 298 - Lasso Guard Control

Inside The University 298 - Lasso Guard Control

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Gustavo Dias, World Champion at blue and purple belts, and silver medalist at brown belt, discusses some principles of maintaining control using the lasso guard. He also shows a drill to practice lassoing each arm when your opponent tries to pass to the side.

Inside The University 297 - Knee Shield Guard Control

Inside The University 297 - Knee Shield Guard Control

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Xande breaks down the general concepts of the knee shield guard, stressing the importance of using one foot on the hip while using your knee shield. He shows how to switch back and forth from side to side, and how to use his frame to scoot back into a technical stand up or to reset his guard.

Inside The University 296 - Kata Guruma Drill

Inside The University 296 - Kata Guruma Drill

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Walking backward with the collar and triceps grip, when his opponent is stepping forward with the same side leg as the collar grip, Xande pulls the collar down as he squats and throws his other arm under the legs. In the second variation of the drill, Xande drops to his knees while pulling the collar, and dumps his opponent over his shoulder.

Inside The University 295 - Seoi Nage Drill Walking Forward

Inside The University 295 - Seoi Nage Drill Walking Forward

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Applying the same grips and walking pattern as the previous seoi nage drill walking backward, Xande now takes his partner and walks forward. This time, as he plants his pivot foot, he also shoves his opponent back, causing his opponent to react by pushing back. This is the time Xande uses the reaction to pivot into the throw.

Inside The University 294 - Seoi Nage Drill Walking Backward

Inside The University 294 - Seoi Nage Drill Walking Backward

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Gripping either the collar or the elbow on the side he will attack, Xande walks backward with his partner stepping in rhythm with him. When he is ready to throw, he steps his pivot foot, in this case his right foot, back a little behind his left foot. Xande takes one more step back with his left foot, while his opponent steps forward with his right foot. At the right time, Xande quickly pivots on his right foot and spins has back to his opponent, trapping the arm underneath and picking him with his hips. This drill is to be repeated while walking in line.