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.

Inside the University 797 - Blocking the Hip

Inside the University 797 - Blocking the Hip

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Saulo points out the importance of putting your head all the way across your opponent's body and using it to pressure down on his hip to flatten him out.

Inside the University 796 - Passing with Head Pressure

Inside the University 796 - Passing with Head Pressure

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Continuing from the passing drill, now Saulo shows how to finish the pass. His main points of focus are to move his hand from the outside leg to control the inside leg, and his head drops to the hip to keep pressure on his opponent. Using this pressure to keep the hips flat, he can now pass the guard.

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.